The skin is our largest organ and needs to be kept healthy and protected to look and feel good. Its needs are quite simple and starts with a healthy life-style; nutrition, hydration and exercise.
A protective bacteria-flora (Skin Acid Mantle) covers the skin and is nourished by the sebum produced in our sebaceous glands. SAM is responsible for keeping the skin moisturized and supple and is vital to skin-health.
The pH of the skin is between 4.5-6 and the products we use on our skin should have a pH of around 5-6. Anything that disturbs this pH will have an adverse impact on the skin; strong soaps, acids and alcohol being the worst. Water has a drying effect on the skin and does not moisturize the skin unless taken internally. An imbalance in the acid mantle usually first shows up as dryness.
Skin-health is easy to maintain:
Moisture and nourishment are the main keys to keeping the skin supple and healthy looking, no matter the age. Cold pressed vegetable oils and fats nourish the skin and the acid mantle. They contain essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins which stimulate, soften and moisturize the skin. Essential oils may stimulate and support the skin.
Protection against dry air, cold and sun is needed. Natural waxes such beeswax, vegetable waxes and shea butter helps keep the skin protected while at the same time nourishing it.
Very sensitive skin and skin problems such as eczema need to be protected and treated gently with natural pH-balanced products.
The skin is a mirror of our life-style; what we eat, if we drink enough water or exercise enough. Through the skin we secrete toxins and the more toxins that are in our system, the worse our skin will look. All these factors are vital to skin-health and no matter how much fancy products we use, they will only create a cosmetic and superficial effect. Natural products will help the skin do its work and keep it balanced and healthy-looking. As long as we don't disrupt the processes of the skin with strange or foreign substances, it will retain its health and glow all throughout life. Healthy, balanced skin is always beautiful, no matter the age.