Natural and Organic Skin Care and Active Ingredients
About the Skin
The skin is made up of three layers, and is the largest organ in the body. The job of the skin is to protect us from microbes and elements, regulate body temperature and facilitate the sensation in the nervous system of the perception of touch, heat and cold.
The Epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin, it creates our skin tone and provides a barrier against the environment to protect the inner parts of the body. The skin acts as part of the immune system from invading foreign bodies also. Maintaining skin integrity is important.
The second layer of the skin is the dermis, which contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands. The deeper layers are the hypodermis, containing subcutaneous tissue including adipocytes and connective tissues.
Unlike other bodily systems (and organs) which can be supported by oral nutrition in order to improve performance, health and functioning, the skin’s health can be aided by topical application of health promoting products. Organic and natural skin care products containing nutrition for the skin are preferable to ones containing synthetic compounds as organic and natural topical nutrition is readily absorbed into the skin.
The liver and kidneys have to process away various toxins that are either applied to the skin, eaten, or injected somehow, and exposing the body to as little synthetic or chemical processes as possible means having the liver and kidneys as healthy as possible.
Topical Delivery Of Skin Nutrients
The structure of the skin means that the circulation of extracellular fluids is slow, so nutritional interventions in improving the state of the skin take time to become evident. Nutritional profiles designed to improve the skin help with long term overall both body and skin health and will aid in vastly improving overall personal appearance. Topical nutritional supplementation to the skin via the form of skin care products aids in facilitating improved appearance in a lot faster and more efficient way.
Combining a healthy diet full of micronutrients, including essential fatty acids, a range of amino acids, vitamins, mineral and trace elements aids in giving the body the underlying structures to form healthy tissues. Topical application of specific beneficial compounds which are absorbed by the skin and then affect the appearance in a positive way speed are best used to support a healthy diet.
Active Ingredients in Natural Cosmetics
Cruelty free sources of hyaluronic acid are made from creating bacteria in a lab. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the human body, and is a cushioning and lubricating substance for joints, skin, nerves and eyes. Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is able to penetrate through to the molecules in the skin more easier than high molecular weight HA, and it is loved by the beauty industry as it can hold up to 1,000 times more than its weight in moisture.
Generally hyaluronic acid is found in a salt form as it is a more stable form of the compound, and when applied to the skin as a topical nutrient will add fullness to the outer epidermis, creating a plumping and smoothing effect.
Vitamin C has been recommended as a daily supplement, and it has beneficial effects ranging from preventing colds and flu, to being important in the rebuilding of skin tissues, bone and blood vessels. It is also important in the synthesis of calcium, and helps to eradicate free radicals from the body.
As a topical skin nutrient, (natural forms being harvested from fruit and vegetables and then processed in a laboratory for the purpose of being a topical skin ingredient) it has the effect of brightening the skin, and restoring and calming benefits. As an antioxidant it has a powerful effect on smoothing out the epidermis, giving a more youthful appearance.
The benefits of gold as a beauty ingredient goes back over 5,000 years, where Cleopatra was known to have used gold as a mask every night in order to enhance her beauty. Liquid gold is known to have beneficial effects on the face including antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. This brightens the skin and prevents breakouts.
The endo-cannibanoid system in the body controls skin inflammation, so dermatologists are seeing the benefits of adding hemp oil, hemp seed milk and other hemp related ingredients into beauty products in order to provide soothing properties to the skin. Hemp has a lot of essential fatty acids in it, as well as vitamin E. These provide nourishing ingredients to help soothe and heal the skin, and relieve any irritation and redness.
One of the B Group vitamins, it is important in a daily dietary regimen, but also a wonderful ingredient present in many beauty products. It has the effect of:
- Minimising lines and wrinkles
- Antioxidant effect on the skin improving its radiance and glow
- Reduction of hyperpigmentation by regulating the production of melanin
- Protection of the skin from infrared light
- Balancing out the natural oils in the skin
- Enhances the function of the skin’s lipid barrier meaning that the skin is less prone to redness and blotchiness as a reaction to external aggressors and irritants
- Promotes the activity of Langerhans cells to improve the skin’s immunity
The starches in colloidal oatmeal help bind water to the skin, creating a hydration effect, and for people with sensitive skin, colloidal oatmeal can form a barrier effect for the skin. Colloidal oatmeal is often used in formulations to help prevent skin irritations and redness. It can relieve itching and dryness.
Allantoin and Salicylic Acid
Allantoin is used as a moisturiser in many skin preparations, and salicylic acid is used as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells, allowing the skin to heal and bring healthy and fresh skin cells to the surface. Allantoin allows for the counter-balancing of the exfoliant effect, reinvigorating the moisture of the underlying skin processes.