Monday, May 07, 2007

The First Anti Aging Skin Care Step is to Water It

To keep a healthy cute skin that is away from premature aging, you should always care about its water content, but do not be misled by the term I used or the "moisturiser" description of some skin care products, because both are implying that we can "irrigate" the skin, actually:
IT IS NOT WATER that keeps the skin MOISTURIZED , rather, IT IS OIL.

If you use a soap to cleanse your skin, you remove the oil generated by the skin together with the day's accumulation of grime. Then if the body fails to replace this lost oil, the surface layer of your skin will fracture and peel (it is a thin layer of dead cells that have the same structure of the nails ).

Whether water is stored as a continuous layer, or present only in the molecular form within the protein macromolecules, it is essential for the structural integrity of proteins. Once lost from within the structure, the water cannot be replaced by topical application of any moisturizer, rather, it is regenerated within new proteins of newly dead cells, i.e. you need good nourishment of the skin, plus keeping optimal conditions for the skin by preserving the normal oil content.

This means that your skin needs natural moisturizing factors like amino acids (e.g. glycine, serine, glutamine, alanine, histidine..), skin-related lipids, like cholesterol, phospholipids, soy lecithin, sphingolipids and unsaturated fatty acids. Glycerin is one of the oldest and best traditional moisturizers since it is needed for formation of oils (triglycerides) through unifying with fatty acids.

Stay dry and hydrated. The moisture that’s good for the skin is the body’s natural water content, not water from external sources. So, while you keep the body hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine and other dehydrating substances, you have to keep the skin from getting and staying wet. Wearing silk liners under outdoor gloves will help – silk dries very quickly so your hands don’t sit in wet gloves - and when you’re handling household chemicals such as dish detergents and cleaning products, rubber gloves are the answer.

If you use a fabricated product, make sure it has the following properties : It should be grease-less, non-sticky, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, completely safe and non-toxic.

If you go natural, you should consider oils like Almond, Olive, Aloes, Sesame, Flax seed, Cotton seed, and Primrose oils. Before the introduction of steroids such as hydrocortisone, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) present in many of these oils were the primary eczema treat­ment. They are natural anti-inflammatory and contain vital nutrients.Bo­rage and evening primrose oils are high in Omega 6. If you’re going to use a supplement that contains all the EFA's, make sure they are properly balanced.

If you want even more information about natural resources for your skin care, DIGG (http://www.digg.com) this article and you will be surprised of the varied and good information at many people in many countries.

2 comments:

Matt said...

Will taking health supplement like essential fatty acids help with this. This looks like a good one and good price and seems to have everything needed: http://www.vitabase.com/supplements/heart-health/efa.aspx

Jackie said...

Good article.

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