Are You Creating An Asset Or A Liability
Good Skin Care Is An Investment
What exactly is Skin-care?
Skincare consists of two words - Skin and Care. Quite obvious really, but let’s look at exactly what that term means. Anything that is taken good care of will look last and function better for longer and retain its value.
Maybe we should think about skin care in terms of ‘Skin maintenance’, rather than skin care, because there are several factors that constitute good skin care. Consider that your skin is involved in both absorption as well as elimination of chemicals, and plays a very important role as part of your immune system; does it not stand to reason then, that the healthier your skin is, the better it will be able to fulfil these functions?
Most people think of skin care as keeping your skin clean and if it gets dry, using a moisturiser and that’s that. Well, it’s a start, but far from constituting skin care or maintenance of skin function.
Information on exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturising is readily available, and both men and women of all ages should follow these basic skin care concepts, however, as we become older, the type of maintenance needs to change and the skin care regime that is relevant in your 20’s changes as we move through our 30’s, 40’s, 50's and beyond.
Skincare is a necessity, not a luxury
Your skin is a valuable asset. Treat it well, and you will reap the rewards, treat it badly and it could ultimately kill you!
Skin cancer is a growing concern in the health industry. As the Ozone layer is under ever increasing pressure and indeed thinning over some parts of the World, UV radiation is reaching the Earth’s surface in greater concentration and this is not only having a detrimental effect on our climate and ecosystems, but also affects each and every one of us directly on a day-to-day basis.
UV rays have been shown to cause skin cancer. Getting sunburn is now accepted as a leading cause for skin cancer and guarding against it is not quite as simple as staying out of the sun, or slapping on some sunscreen.
Maintaining a good skin care regime is now more important than ever, and consists of several important parts:
Finally, there is one more important consideration in the maintenance of your skin – should you use natural skin care products or will any products do?
The answer is NATURAL, naturally. Think about it from this point of view: When you buy food, do you look for ‘no artificial colouring’, ‘no artificial flavours’, ‘contains not GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), etc., or don’t you care?
What about your drinks, do you not look for 100% natural, low in salt, no artificial this or that, no added sugar, etc., of course you do. Well, you need to treat what you put on you skin with the same scrutiny, because it absorbs nutrients whether they are natural or not; it will absorb these chemicals into the tissue and it will then be able to use them, or not.
Natural vs Synthetic
Natural substances are much more easily assimilated in your body and are also more easily eliminated via your Kidneys or Liver once they’ve performed their functions. Synthetic chemicals, on the other hand, may not be able to be eliminated by your body and are thus stored in a range of tissues.
This is where these chemicals can become a potential problem, because cumulative absorption without the ability of elimination can create toxic levels in your body and that is what will potentially do you harm. Just think about the example of Lead. One exposure is unlikely to do you harm, but repeated, long-term exposure will increase your chance of getting Lead poisoning.
As scientific research is becoming more and more sophisticated, we are discovering more information about how our bodies work, how foods interact in our systems and how some foods contain substances which are not able to be made synthetically.
Phyto-estrogens (chemicals naturally found in some plants) are just one example of naturally occurring substances which are essential to the well being of our bodies. Similarly, herbal extracts, essential oils, fruit extracts and so on, all contain naturally occurring chemicals, many of which science is unable to make synthetically due to their complexity in structure.
This results in the synthetic version of a plant extract (often in concentrated forms) not being the same as the natural version and as such can in fact have different effects and even side effects.
An old, but good example is Aspirin. We are all aware by now, that Aspirin can cause stomach irritation. The active ingredient in Aspirin is salicylic acid. It naturally occurs in the bark of the White Willow tree. The big difference between taking Aspirin as opposed to the herbal extract of the White Willow bark, is that in the herbal extract there are many more substances contained that have secondary effects – one substance for example is a mucilaginous substance, which has the function of protecting your stomach lining!
Guess what, there is nothing in Aspirin (from the chemist) that acts to protect your stomach – That’s the difference between using natural versus artificially manufactured synthetic substances.
If you follow the above steps and invest in your asset, you will gain the benefits - don’t and it may cost you dearly.
Cleansing, toning and moisturising the skin is part of any good skin care regime.
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Wildcrafted Herbal Products make Toners specific for your skin type. They are designed to tone and invigorate the skin before using your moisturiser.
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Moisturisers nourish, hydrate and help to repair your skin. Wildcrafted Herbal Products have moisturisers for all skin types.
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The Age Defying Essence is part of our Anti-aging System. It can be used separately or as part of a whole systematic approach to aid in preventing premature aging of your skin.
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