ELEMENTS OF NATURE: NATURAL SKIN CARE ELEMENTS
Water, air, sun (in limited amounts) and good nutrition are all important natural skin care elements. The balance of nutrition is also critical; remember, you are what you eat. If your diet is mainly empty calories with little nutritional value, your overall health and appearance will begin to age prematurely and ill health can easily overtake you. Natural skin care requires a balance of inner care and outer care, balanced nutrition and using natural skin care products that don’t challenge our bodily defense mechanisms with harsh chemicals and additives. These are all synergistic and important elements in natural skin care.
Natural Skin Care Elements - Natural and Organic
There are certain natural skin care elements that have proven to be the most effective options for one important skin care demon: free radicals, which are very unstable molecules that react quickly and damage normal molecules in an attempt to gain stability. Normally, our body can handle free radicals, but damage occurs if antioxidants are unavailable or if the free-radical production becomes excessive. Over the long-term, free radical damage accumulates with age.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by ending their "molecular stealing" action, acting as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. Some of the more well-known antioxidants found in the body are:
Other components such as ginseng, sea kelp, and gingko when combined with antioxidant elements help skin health and condition by replenishing the skin from within, nourishing it with their natural vitamins, amino acids and minerals. There are exotic plant essences from all over the world used in natural skin care, such as Coconut oil, Key lime extract, Kuku'I and Macadamia Nut Oil. It’s also considered that the myriad plant life in the Amazonian rainforest has botanical elements yet to be discovered that will revolutionize natural skincare products.
Water; the most Important Natural Skin Care Element
Water is the most significant natural component to promote the health of the skin; it primarily does so by bathing the cells and flushing out toxins that accumulate within skin cells. The US National Research Council has recommended that the general formula for water intake is one ml of water per calorie of consumption, which means that 1000 calories requires drinking 1000 ml of water – a very simple mathematical solution the hydrating part of our skin care. Some good hydrating options are natural fruit juices, decaffeinated or green tea, sodas, ice tea and even one of the new exercise “recovery drinks” that are becoming popular today.
Traditional Chinese medicine says that cold drinks interrupt the balanced energy flow in the body, which modern researchers affirm, so it’s recommended room temperature liquids are best for drinking. However you choose to hydrate, remember that your body will thank you for the contribution of fresh water to its thirsty skin.