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fresh, healthy skin

Healthy skin is designed to protect.

This protection includes many functions.

Healthy skin is women’s and more recently men’s vanity and most want to know how to make it smooth and glowing and healthy.

The cosmetic industry has been built on this aspect.

Since Egyptian times and earlier women have been fussing about their skin.

The ironic thing about the skin is that the very products designed to make it look good, cause most of the problems.

The skin is designed to protect and when this is interfered with problems occur.

The skin’s protective mechanisms moisturise, fight bacteria, regenerate, release toxins and are a vehicle to absorb nutrients like natural fats and oils.  The skin can also absorb chemicals right through to the blood stream.

Anything that blocks these functions will then hinder the skin’s ability.

Soaps and cleansers no matter how gentle will strip the natural oils out of the skin, causing it to become dry and depleted causing a rush to buy other products to mistakenly replace what has been lost.

The skin loses dead skin cells every minute of the day and every time one skin cell is dropped a new one grows.  Along with the dead skin cell dropping off it takes with it dirt and bacteria.  Soap and cleansers are not required just a simple regime of a freshly laundered flannel and water.

The skin moisturises itself by an oily fluid from the sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicle to keep the hair from drying and moisture is also derived from the sweat glands.  The fluid from the sweat glands contains toxins as well as minerals and oils and this helps detoxification processes.  Some people sweat too much or too little and this is to do with a hormone and mineral imbalance.  Basically if we are eating fresh meat, eggs, animal fats, fish, vegetables, fruits and sea-salt, avoiding skin products and using a simple washing routine the skin should always be in good condition.

However as we age the ability of the skin to moisturise gets less because the NMF (natural moisturising factor) will not stay in the cell for very long and moves more to the edge and then eventually to the outside of the cell.  What can support the function and ability of the NMF and reduce the effect are natural oils like rosehip, jojoba, macadamia, cocoa butter, organic lanolin and olive oil.  Mixed with an essential oil or two of your choice like geranium, neroli or jasmine or simply lavender and your skin may benefit.

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