THE HEALTH OF NATURAL SKIN
What Are You Feeding Your Skin?
Did you know that what you put on your skin, hair and nails affects your
You'll be surprised at the amount of toxins that can enter your body
through your skin, especially through environmental pollution, cumulative daily exposure to toxic
ingredients found in personal & beauty products.
"From the time we are born and grow to adulthood, we rub an
estimated 2,000 liters (84,000 ounces) of chemical-based cosmetics and body products into our skin more than 470,000 times" All of these chemicals must be broke down by the
liver. If the liver is unable to break them down they are stored in the
body eventually causing dis-orders and dis-eases.
It is true, topical
application of creams, moisturizer, gels & liquids onto the surface of the body readily
penetrates the skins surface and the ingredients are absorbed into systemic
circulation. This is called "Trans-dermal absorption".
THE SKIN EATS, DRINKS, COVERS & PROTECTS but did you know the skin has to "BREATHES"
skin is the largest eliminator on the body. It is a two-way membrane.
Toxins are eliminated through the skin via perspiration and absorbed through
the skin into the body’s systemic circulation, through hair follicles and
sebaceous glands (not through sweat glands). One square inch of skin contains
65 hairs, 100 sebaceous glands, and over 650 sweat glands.
What Type of Things is Adsorbed through Your Skin?
Toxins from personal care products, feminine products, scented products, air
pollution, pesticides, herbicides, off-gassing from new products, plastics and radiation are just a few. Disposable diapers alone can contain or release dye,
fragrance, plastic, toluene, xylene, ethyl benzene, and dipentene. Researchers
are studying the possible connection between "asthma-like" reactions and
chemicals released by disposable diapers. Do you know what toxins are in the
personal care products you use.
Women are especially at high risk of this kind of toxic trans-dermal absorption. Using
make-up on a daily basis, for instance, you can absorb almost 5 pounds of
chemicals into your body each year! for what? all in
the name of Beauty!
"Toxic Over Load
contributes to many health problems.
These chemicals toxins can cause acne, hormonal imbalance, premature aging, accumulation of free radicals,fatigue, headaches,
digestive upsets, flu-like symptoms, aching joints, and other types of cancers which are just some of
the symptoms of toxic overload.
A scientific article from the Journal of
the National Cancer Institute suggested that more than 75% of cancer is caused
by diet and environmental factors. In addition toxic exposure is a contributing
factor to cardiovascular diseases, (heart attack), cerebrovascular diseases,
(stroke), and neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s
disease. Environmental pollutants build-up over a period of time in the body contributing to
that everyone alive today carries within their body at least 700
contaminants, most of which have not been well studied.
FDA Regulatory Requirements for Marketing Cosmetics in the United
The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as
stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Under the Federal
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, cosmetics and their ingredients are not
required to undergo approval before they are sold to the public. Generally, FDA
regulates these products after they have been released to the marketplace. This
means that manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for
color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a
government review or approval.
But some regulations do apply to cosmetics. In addition to the FD&C Act,
the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires an ingredient declaration on every
cosmetic product offered for sale to consumers. In addition, these regulations
require that ingredients be listed in descending order of quantity. Water, for
example, accounts for the bulk of most skin-care products, which is why it
usually appears first on these products.
Although companies are not required to substantiate performance claims or
conduct safety testing, if safety has not been substantiated, the product's
label must read "WARNING: The safety of this product has not been
"Consumers believe that 'if it's on the market, it must be safe and can't harm them, and this belief is sometimes very wrong."
FDA's challenge comes in proving that a product is harmful under conditions
of use or that it is improperly labeled. Only then can the agency take action to
remove adulterated or misbranded products from the marketplace.
The Fine Line Between Cosmetics and Drugs
The FD&C Act defines cosmetics as articles intended to be applied to the
human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the
appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions. This definition
includes skin-care creams, lotions, powders and sprays, perfumes, lipsticks,
fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, permanent waves, hair colors,
deodorants, baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, and mouthwashes, as well as
any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.
Products that intend to treat or prevent disease, or otherwise affect
structure or function of the human body are considered drugs. Cosmetics that
make therapeutic claims are regulated as drugs and cosmetics, and must meet the
labeling requirements for both. A good way to tell if you're buying a cosmetic
that is also regulated as a drug is to see if the first ingredient listed is an
"active ingredient." The active ingredient is the chemical that makes the
product effective, and the manufacturer must have proof that it's safe for its
intended use. For products that are both drugs and cosmetics, the regulations
require that active ingredients be listed first on these products, followed by
the list of cosmetic ingredients in order of decreasing predominance.
Examples of products that are both cosmetics and drugs are dandruff shampoos,
fluoride toothpastes that fight tooth decay, antiperspirants/deodorants, and
sunblocking/tanning preparations, including foundations that contain
Before products with both a cosmetic and drug classification can be marketed,
they must be scientifically proven safe and effective for their therapeutic
claims. If they are not, FDA considers them to be misbranded and can take
Reading Is Believing
The ingredient list on a cosmetic container is the only place where a
consumer can readily find out the truth about what he or she is buying.
Consumers can check the listing to identify substances they wish to avoid. And
becoming familiar with what cosmetics contain can help counter some of the
alluring appeal showcased elsewhere on the product.
Dry Brushing for Healthier, Silky
Dry brushing is an excellent way to wake up and start the
day. It rejuvenates, invigorates and supports one of the skin’s
important functions, ridding the skin of accumulated toxins.short brush
the skin helps unplug the pores, increase its ability to absorb nutrients,
increase circulation to the skin cells resulting in a better metabolic cellular
exchange and polish it as well. Healthy skin needs to ‘breathe’.
Rid it regularly of dry skin cells and the body will react by producing new
skin cells more rapidly. Your skin will immediately feel silkier and on
the long term will look healthier, loosing that dry, pasty appearance.
deposits are better distributed, the nervous system is rejuvenated, nerve
endings are stimulated and dry brushing contributes to improved muscle tone.
All this from dry brushing alone?
But there is a right way to dry brush your skin for optimal benefits.
off with a natural bristle brush or loofah - my favorite is a short handled
one. Synthetic brushes or exfoliation cloths are harsh and create minute
scratches on the surface which may result in drier, irritated skin. Also,
those with eczema, acne or other skin problems should consult with a health
"Never" scrub your skin using hard pressure. Use firm but gentle
pressure. It should feel good!
work in the direction of the heart. Start with the right foot,
working in a circular motion first on the outside upwards then the
inside. * Repeat on the left also up to the top of the leg.
area: in a clockwise, circular motion from the navel outwards.
buttocks then the left: large circular motion, ending with strokes upwards.
hand, arm: as described for the legs – outer first then the inner area working
upwards. Repeat on left.
area: gently in a figure eight several times avoiding the sensitive
brush from the top down to the waist
from the neck area downward horizontally (or circular if this is difficult).
of the above will only add 5 minutes more to your morning routine.
off under a warm, not hot shower. There is no need to use soap or shower
gel on the brushed areas of the body as it is now impeccably clean. If
you can tolerate it, alternate between warm and cool water to really boost
circulation, ending with the cool water.
pat the skin with a towel, leaving it rather moist. Now is the moment to
massage in nourishing oils that absorb quickly into the skin such as almond,
jojoba, emu or rose moscata oil, or a good body lotion that contains no
minerals or paraffin and preferably no preservatives. By applying oils on
to slightly wet or damp skin, you will be able to apply a very thin layer
easily without pulling or dragging the skin nor will it feel oily. A fine
layer of nourishing oil will help the skin retain its natural moisture.
your brush with soap and water now and again, allowing to thoroughly dry.
brushed skin will have increased blood supply and its metabolic function of
helping the body eliminate toxins will be optimally boosted as well as improved
cellular ‘turnover’ (regeneration). You may not be able to restore skin
elasticity (but it will be improved) or be rid of cellulite as these are often
dependent on your genes - but you can help your skin to function optimally
resulting in a healthier, better looking, seductively silky skin.
to start off your day on a positive note? A few really deep breaths at an
open window, a dry brushing session followed by alternating warm and cool
showers and your defense system will be boosted a little even within a
week. However, it will take a few months for long term effects.
I have not even mentioned other side effects to this quick morning routine – a
clearer mind and boosted spirit. What a wonderful way to start the day!
BEAUTIFUL SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT
"The real secret to beauty is no secret at all.
Eating these healthy foods will provide the nourishment your skin needs daily,
from the inside out. It is the first step to soft, radiant & glowing skin"
Make a promise to
today to keep it nourished and rejuvenated from the inside out! Having healthy
skin year-round begins with the foods you eat and drink. To get skin that
you will be confident to show off every season of the year, devote some time
each day to getting the necessary nutrients to stay hydrated and fight the
signs of aging.
- Drink plenty of
the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one can dispute the
role of good hydration in keeping your skin looking
healthy, young, and radiant. Experts agree that when the hydration
comes from pure, clean water—NOT soda and fruit drinks—the skin cells
rejoice! Aim for six to eight glasses every day.
green tea daily.
This beverage contains polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory
properties that protect and benefit the skin’s overall health. Enjoy one
or two cups per day.
simple carbohydrates. Foods such as cookies, pies,
cakes, candies, and pastries can increase acne breakouts due to insulin spikes.
your skin. Eating
healthy foods can protect, repair, and slow the aging process. Check
out the chart below for the top ten nutrients that provide beauty
Supplement - Suggested Dosage - Foods Source
A 100,000 IU: Keeps
skin soft and protect skin tissue/repairs skin cells and tissue. May help with acne control.
vegetables and fruits, apricots, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, cantaloupe,
Vitamin B Complex w/Pantothenic Acid 50 mg 3x daily: Builds healthy skin tone
C w/Bioflavonoids 3,000 - 5,000:Helps
counter the effects of sun damage, smoking exposure, and pollution. Assists in collagen production, giving skin strength and elasticity. Improves the immune system.
bell peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, cabbage, pineapple,
tomatoes, dark-green leafy vegetables
E 400-600 IU:protects skin tissue, skin texture and helps prevent wrinkles.
avocadoes, peanuts, nuts, seeds, olives, asparagus, wheat germ, soybean and
coconut oil, dark-green leafy vegetables
produce nails, skin, and hair cells. Deficiency can cause dermatitis and hair loss. cooked
eggs, rice bran, nuts, wheat germ, oatmeal.
Niacin 100 mg 3 x daily:Increase blood flow to the skin, smoothes
dry, flaky skin. fish, legumes.
Selenium:May help prevent skin cancer. Helps
counter the effects of sun damage, smoking exposure and pollution.Produces
healthy skin cells. whole-grain
products, seafood, eggs.
elastic fibers that support the skin structure. nuts,
seafood, dried beans and peas.
Zinc 30-80 mg daily: Can help control oil production
and reduce acne lesions.Chromium 200-400 mg:Helps reduce infections to the skin.
Lecithin 1 capsule before meals:Helps use essential
Primrose oil as directed: helps healing
Chlorophyll liquid or tablets as directed:Purified the blood and prevent infections
deficiency can result in white heads and inflammation.
water fish, salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseed oil, safflower oil, coconut
oil, olive oil, palm oil, walnuts
properties protect the membranes of skin cells.
tea, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberry, cranberry
Inadequate diet (junk food, non-organic foods), physiological weakness and brain drain deplete Melanin.
remember acidity age the body, and drains the body of energy. Low energy causes cells to die before they can be replaced or moved.from the body. the dead cells get impacted in veins cartilage, arteries, nerves, organs and bones.
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