Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 5, 2012

TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN – Part 3

Continued from Part 2

Remember, our skin is the largest organ of our body! So it  would be wise to switch to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to).

HERE IS A LIST OF GOOD INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR SKIN:

Organic Aloe Vera Juice

Did you know that Aloe Vera juice is one of the most nutrition-packed and biologically-alive liquids on the entire planet? Hardly any natural plant can beat its many benefits to your body.

Aloe contains more than seventy-five nutrients that act synergistically and create an awesome force for your health.

It is truly a wondrous ‘gold mine’ of phyto-nutrients.

Aloe Vera is a desert plant that has been treasured for centuries for its ability to enhance health. Records show that Cleopatra used it to protect her skin from the sun and stay young-looking, too.

Now you can do the same, and receive all these benefits:

  • Soothing. Aloe Vera enhances fibroblast function. Fibroblasts are remarkable little cells responsible for collagen formation. They also assist in the soothing of minor burns, cuts, scrapes and skin irritations. 
  • Immune support and function. Aloe Vera provides natural support for the immune system. Since our skin is the first exterior line of defense and our immune system works around the clock protecting us, Aloe Vera’s natural immune enhancers give us an arsenal from which to draw.
  • Helps produce collagen and elastin. Our skin replenishes itself every 21 to 28 days. Aloe Vera adds a rich supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin to support a youthful appearance!  A daily dose of Aloe Vera could be just what our skin is thirsting for. 
  • Minerals. Minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. What a powerful storehouse! Since our skin absorbs anything we apply to it, using products with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals can contribute to our overall health.
  • Vitamins. Aloe Vera includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, folic acid and niacin. Our body simply cannot store some of these vitamins. Using Aloe Vera contributes to building our defense system against oxidative stress!
  • Amino acid body-building blocks. Amino acids are your body’s own building blocks. Eight are essential and cannot be produced by your body, but are found in the aloe plant. Aloe Vera comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of essential amino acids. 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is an ideal way to rejuvenate our skin. It helps us fight the signs of aging.

It protects against formation of damaging free radicals, and is also used to protect skin from blemishes, signs of aging or overexposure to sunlight. Coconut oil also keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong and supple.

Coconut oil offers a youthful appearance to your skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother.

It can even penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues. It can be a factor in healing and repairing age-damaged skin — unlike most lotions.

Naturally, we want to choose a high-quality organic coconut oil free of chemicals, and without bleach or hydrogenation (which can irritate your skin), to experience its maximum benefits.

Organic Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is one of nature’s most useful products. Claimed by many as ‘nature’s wrinkle fighter’ – and as ‘the cosmetic oil of the century’.

Jojoba oil technically isn’t oil, but is a pure and luxurious liquid wax ester from cold-pressed seeds of the Simmondsia chinensis and S. californica desert shrubs native to theSonoraDesert in the southwestern U.S. Native Americans applied ground seeds of jojoba to scratches to speed healing and minimize scarring.

Jojoba oil is a long-chain wax ester, not a triglyceride – making it very similar to the sebum your skin produces (via the sebaceous oil gland).

Sebum’s job is to retain moisture and keep skin smooth and elastic.

Unfortunately, from about the age of twenty, your skin’s production of sebum decreases significantly. Remarkably, jojoba’s naturally silky, odorless, non-allergic liquid mixes completely and rapidly with your natural sebum and follows its pathways deep into your skin.

The liquid wax esters in jojoba assist the sebum by maintaining skin moisture and elasticity. Jojoba oil forms a thin non-greasy lipid layer that holds water in your skin – contrary to common ‘oil in water’ formulations, which evaporate once they’re on your skin’s surface.

Meanwhile, it penetrates and stabilizes our intercellular skin structure, leaving our skin soft and supple. On oily skin, it penetrates deep and fast to merge with skin sebum, tricking the skin to regulate the production of sebum.

Since it penetrates so deeply, it helps protect, while allowing your skin’s natural maintenance and healing system to do its job — without having to battle dryness.

Further, jojoba contains nutrients that get absorbed into the body, such as vitamin E, B-complex, and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc. It also contains a lot of iodine. Its antioxidant properties prevent rancidity and give it a very long shelf life.

For these reasons, jojoba oil is becoming recognized as the ‘cosmetic oil of the century’, and ‘nature’s wrinkle fighter’.

Monolaurin

Fatty acids from coconut’s medium-chain saturated fat are called lauric acid – which is converted into highly beneficial monolaurin in our body. (The only other truly abundant source of lauric acid is in human breast milk.)

Monolaurin is considered by many experts to provide antimicrobial properties that support your healthy immune system. Other studies suggest that monolaurin can stop messages sent between problem-posing cells, disrupting their ability to function.

Organic Shea Butter

Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream from the tropics ofAfrica. It is a superior active moisturizer, also creating moisture similar to that produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. For centuries, it has been highly regarded for its tonic effects on the skin.

Unrefined and organic shea butter contains an abundance of health-promoting ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and a unique fatty acid profile.

Unlike petroleum-based moisturizers, shea butter actually restores our skin’s own natural elasticity. It enables our skin to absorb moisture from the air, and therefore becomes softer and stays moisturized for longer.

Shea butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat), containing 7-12%. By comparison, avocado oil, a well-known skin conditioner, contains only 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is a property that makes shea butter extremely valuable as a skin conditioner. 

Because of its many amazing properties, shea butter has been so highly regarded that its tree of origin acquired the name ‘karite tree’ – or ‘Tree of Life’.

Organic Mango Butter

Organic mango butter — an ideal moisturizer for all skin types.

Mango butter is extracted from the seed kernels of the lush and juicy tropical mango fruit, which is believed to have been cultivated for at least 4,000 years.

It is a soft solid resembling cocoa butter in color and texture and has a slight, sweet scent. One of its most common uses is as a base ingredient for skin care products and soaps – effectively replacing paraffin-based (petroleum based) emollients.

Mango butter’s high unsaponifiable contents provide emollient properties, high oxidative ability, and regenerative activity. It also lends protection against the sun’s UV rays.

Mango butter has been shown to soften, sooth, moisturize and protect our skin, and to maintain flexibility and control age-related damage to skin cells. It is considered by many to be an ideal moisturizer for all skin types.

Natural Palm Oil

Join the thousands who regard natural palm oil to be nature’s gift to the world.

Consumed for more than 5,000 years, its nutritional value, health benefits and value as a natural resource continue to be discovered even today.

Palm oil is nutrient-dense and contains many potent antioxidants, including beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, and tocotrienols, an extremely potent form of vitamin E.

Vitamin E is the major lipid soluble antioxidant in your skin. The potent antioxidant tocotrienols have even more beneficial actions on your skin – our first line of defense against free radicals generated by our environment.

Minimally processed palm oil, like that used in Natural Moisturizers, contains other phyto-nutrients, including phytosterols, squalene, CoQ10, and mixed carotenoids, offering a host of natural and wholesome phyto-nutrients. Palm oil boasts the most significant amounts of tocotrienols available.

For more information go to Part 1, then Part 2 and Part 4

SOURCE: Article by Dr. Mercola

http://mercola.com

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Responses

  1. oh i really love to take organic vitamins since they are much better absorbed by the body compared to synthetic vitamins.

  2. […] continue go to Part 2, then Part 3 and Part […]


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