What we are told
Almost daily, we are bombarded with a new skin care product and are told that if we use this product, our skin will look younger, softer, more attractive and so on. We are presented with pictures of young attractive women who probably never used the products that their faces are associated with and probably never want.
We make the active ingredient in these products a new discovery (usually they also get a kind of pseudo-scientific name) and if we use the product that has this magic ingredient we will end 20 years of young skin - Certainly!
The truth about skin care
Skin care is just that - take care of your skin, nothing more, nothing less. How to do this can depend on many things. The health of your skin, money, time, knowledge and probably a number of other factors will determine how much care you give to your skin.
Lets examine what your skin is doing for a moment. First, it protects your bodys interior from the outside. This means that the skin forms a barrier between our external environment and the bodys insides. It is waterproof and acts as a defense against contamination, microbes and other potentially harmful factors. In addition, it is partly responsible for eliminating toxins from our body in the form of sweating, and your skin helps the body in temperature regulation. These and other features are continually developed by our skin.
So how do we take care of our skin, to ensure it can continue to perform at the optimal level?
Back-to-Basics of Skin Care
There are three basic principles that coincide in good skin care.
Drink enough water every day to keep your skin well hydrated. This means that you drink at least 2 liters of water each day, because the bodys metabolism will require that this amount of water work properly. More water is required if we engage in physical activity or work in a physically demanding environment. You can use the most expensive moisturizers you like, if you do not drink enough water, your skin will become dehydrated and no moisturizer or cosmetic treatment will stop this in the long run.
To eat good quality raw foods such as fruits, cereals, vegetables, some milk and lean meat helps you to give the skin the nutrition needed to continue to perform its vital functions. Your skin needs vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, etc., to work properly and while some natural skin care products provide many of these nutrients, there is no replacement for nutrients obtained from high quality foods.
A daily skin care system that eliminates pores, removes dirt and dead skin cells, and nourishes the underlying living skin cells, is an important step to good skin care. Now this regime can be quite simple or more involved.
At its most basic, skin care can involve as little as using a loofah daily when you shower or bath, to remove the dead cells from the outermost layer of the body. Using a loofah not only removes the dead skin cells but also promotes blood circulation to the outer layers of the skin and gives it nutrients and oxygen.
Also, use a gentle, natural, pH-balanced (slightly acidic) soap to keep your skin clean and youre done.
Lets face it, many people do not even use a loofah, and can not care what kind of soap they use to wash their face and body with. However, more concerned people who are interested in maintaining the health and appearance of their skin as long as possible may be prepared to go a few steps further than that by implementing a good daily skin care system with natural skin care products.
Implement a good skin care rule
A healthy, basic skin care system is more than enough for most. Using a loofah for the bodys skin, a cleanser, toner and moisturizer for the face, plus an all-over body moisturizer is all that is needed most of the time. Additionally, using a clay mask once or twice a week will help remove dead skin cells and deep embedded dirt from the facial skin and pores. An exfoliant can also be used, probably 2-3 times a week, if you do not use a loofah.
Consumers are increasingly aware of the potential health risks presented by artificial and other non-natural ingredients in beauty products. We all, most of us, avoid foods and beverages containing artificial preservatives, flavors, emulsifiers, etc. for health reasons. These days, we have increased this concern to other areas of products we use on our body and in our home.
Using natural skin care products that contain as many organically grown ingredients as essential oils, herbal extracts, cosmetic lubricants and the like are a preferred option for discerning customers. There are positive health effects associated with the use of holistic natural ingredients instead of isolated active compounds, as the body can better utilize natural substances and lower the risk of adverse side effects.