- Skin is considered as the largest organ in our body, it is also where we eliminate most toxic that comes inside our body.
- It is estimated that the skin of an adult weighs about 8 pounds and measures about 20 square feet when stretched out.
- The eyelids are covered by skin at its thinnest-only about 1/25 of an inch.
- Skin can be around 1/8-inch-thick at sites like the soles of the feet.
- Dead cells are shed constantly and are actually the major component of household dust. We shed around 40-pounds of skin over a lifetime.
- Men have thicker skin than women.
How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young
Young looking and wrinkle free skin is always in the marketing line of all moisturizing cream in the market, but even the expensive anti-aging cream won’t prevent aged skin. Moisturizer just plump dehydrated skin temporary, it will not erase the wrinkles. As time passes, it is normal for cell metabolism to slow down.
Signs of Aging Skin: Thinning, fragility, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity are all signs of aging skin. Nerve fibers, circulation, and the connective tissue between skin layers all deteriorate with time. In healthy people, the cells ability to repair themselves declines at a constant rate of about 1% per year from age 20 – 60, an underlying factor in the tendency for skin cancer to develop in middle age. Fresh skin cells in a healthy thirty-year old typically take about twenty four days to move to the outermost layer of skin. By the age of sixty, this short journey usually takes twice as long!
Natural Skin Exfoliant: Exfoliating your skin at least once a week is a good way to reveal that fresh and glowing skin. The safest exfoliant to use are natural products such dairy food acids, honey and molasses, lactic acid in sour milk, salicylic and citric acids from fruits, tartaric acid in wine, grapes, and other fruits, and malic acid in apples.
Hydroxy acids (acids in fruit juice) seems to work by naturally increasing the acidity of the skin long enough to loosen cells in the outer layer, stimulating shedding and new cell growth.
In one study, the researchers had twenty subjects applying a mixture of HAs twice daily over twenty weeks. The result is 38 percent increase in cell renewal rates, a 35 percent increase in skin firmness, and a 44 percent improvement in smoothness were seen. Further work shows that HAs seem to achieve most of their moisturizing effect in just two weeks and their cell renewal and firmness effects in ten to twelve weeks. A very promising result was that improvement in wrinkles and thickness was still increasing at twenty-six weeks.
Antioxidant to Prevent Skin Aging:
- Vitamin C – this potent antioxidant may help guard against wrinkling, declining collagen synthesis, and skin cancers. The theory is that antioxidants help prevent the breakdown of cell membranes. It’s believed that a vitamin C skin application could boost the production of skin-firming collagen by special cells called fibroblasts.
- Beta-carotenes – another important antioxidant is a plant pigment known as carotenes. Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A, an antioxidant that can boost immune system and is well known for relieving skin problems. The amount of carotene in tissue is considered the most significant factor in determining life span in mammals, including humans. Keeping up carotene levels works to boost immune function.
- Flavonoids – acts against cancer and its anti-inflammatory properties keeps skin’s stress load down and appearance up.
- Beta-carotene 15,000 IU daily
- Vitamin B-complex 100 mg daily
- Vitamin C with flavonoids 1,000 -2,000 mg. daily
- Vitamin E (dry form) 400 IU daily
- Grapeseed extract 150 – 300 mg daily as a rich source of PCOs
- Selenium 200 mcg daily
Natural Skin Rejuvenator:
- Comfrey – works against signs of aging due to its high allantoin content. Allantoin promotes the growth of bone, cartilage, and connective tissue, the latter being essential to healthy skin.
- Sandalwood – improves skin tone.
- Lavender – has a calming, antibacterial action working well against acne and puffiness, and is reinforces by the roses, which also hydrate the skin.
- Peppermint – has cooling and anesthetic as well as stimulating to the blood flow in skin.
- Chamomile – has antiseptic properties which is very soothing for the skin.
- Aloe. Full of healing chemicals, aloe is very cooling and soothing. Place the aloe gel (inner part) in a blender, mix aloe with a little vitamin E if you find it drying.
- Honey. A daily coating allowed to dry for 5 minutes before rinsing off is a very effective skin cell regenerator.
- Mayonnaise and egg yolk. Mix the yolk with ¼ cup of mayonnaise and apply several times a day as an anti-wrinkle lotion.
- Full cream milk. After you soap and rinse your body apply the cold milk all over your body and allow to dry then rinse completely.
“This post was originally published on November 14, 2012 @ 03:16”