Natural Skin Care Newsletter - February 2006

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Introduction

Welcome to the February issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. This month's Newsletter includes a range of informative articles that will hopefully interest all of you, plus a laugh or two, just for the ladies out there.

Index of the February Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

Articles:

Why Toning Is An Important Part of Your Skin Care Regime.
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Skin Glands and Pores: Their Function and Importance in Maintaining Healthy Skin.
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

This One's For The Ladies
(by Anonymous)

February 2006 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter

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Why Toning is an Important Part of Your Skin Care Regime

A daily skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising plays a very important part of maintaining your skin's health, vigour and appearance. All too often these days, one or more steps are sacrificed in order to save time in an otherwise time-poor day. The result of skipping one of these steps, can however be a costly one...

As women are experiencing ever increasing demands on their time, many have opted out of using a toner in their skin care regime and only use cleansing and moisturising as the key steps to keeping their skin looking healthy, vibrant and young.

This is however a big mistake, as toning is a very important part of a daily skin care regime. Toning follows the cleansing routine and actually serves some important functions.

  1. Toning closes the pores of the skin. Once cleansing of the skin has been completed, the pores tend to be open and therefore slightly enlarged. As a result, moisture can leave the skin, which in return dehydrates the skin. This is not a desired effect on the contrary loss of moisture from the skin is highly undesirable.

  2. Closing of the pores has another benefit. It stops dust and other air born particles from settling in the pores and potentially causing problems. In addition, good quality, natural toners are anti-septic and provides moisture and nutrients to the skin, preparing the skin for the third step in a skin care regime - Moisturising.

Some skin care companies have tried to eliminate the need for this step combining the cleansing and toning steps into one step and formulated their cleansers to include toning functions.

Now think about this for a second and you will realise how ridiculous this concept is. A cleanser is supposed to open the pores and remove dirt and stale natural oils from the pores and thus cleansing the skin. A toner, as we discussed above, is designed to close to pores... See the contradiction? It cannot possibly work.

Any astringent (substance that closes the pores) cannot be applied to the skin at the same time as a product that is supposed to open and cleanse the pores. It just does not work. The whole idea is just to market a product to time-poor women by telling them they can combine these to steps and thus save time.

Unfortunately most women do not fully understand just how their skin care products work. They like them, their skin may even look good and the products therefore appear to be doing their job. In reality however, these types of skin care products are only doing a moderate amount of caring for the skin and the bulk of the products do very little at all except look good on the shelf and cost money.

The three steps in any good daily skin care regime must include cleansing, toning and moisturising. In addition, you should always consider using natural skin care products, as there are too many synthetic and artificial chemicals in commercially made skin care products which may actually do you harm.

Let’s look at a natural toner and it’s ingredients to understand how they actually work.

The Wild Herb Toner from Wildcrafted Herbal Products is used for oily skin and has a number of specifically chosen ingredients, which include:

Wild Herb Toner

Rosemary, Witch hazel, Juniper Berry and Peppermint. These herbs and essential oils are chosen for their toning and invigorating effects on the skin, while Grapefruit, Niaouli and Sweet Orange refresh the skin and combine to maintain normal sebum (oil) secretion.

Rosemary oil is effective in the care of oily and sluggish skin being rejuvenating and promoting circulation. The herbal extract of Witch hazel is strongly astringent and anti-inflammatory. Juniper berry oil has a tonic effect on oily skin, while Peppermint is used for its cooling and refreshing actions on the skin.

As with most of the citrus oils, essential oil of Grapefruit has a cleansing and toning effect on the skin and is particularly good for oily and congested skin. It tightens puffy skin and reduces enlarged pores and helps to disperse pockets of accumulated fluid and impurities. Similarly, the Hydrosol of Niaouli is tonic and antiseptic to the skin and is particularly good for use on oily skin types. The essential oil of Sweet Orange is added for its fragrance and its gentle action on normalising oily skin.

Now you might have noticed, that several of the citrus oils are indeed also cleansing in their actions. Do not confuse using cleansing in conjunction with a toner as meaning cleansing of pores. Pores will close as soon as an astringent is used, however, the area of skin that is not a pore, will get a cleansing effect and removing of stale, natural oils.

The distinction must be made between what you want a product to do. You may be able to use similar oils or herbal extracts, but there are specific actions that must be focused on. If you are formulating a cleanser you cannot use herbs or essential oils that have an astringent action or else you will not be able to cleanse the pores of the skin.

If on the other hand you are formulating a toner, an astringent action must be one of its key actions and thus it is formulated to closing the pores, preventing cleaning of the pores.

It is really quite simple and once you know what each of the steps are designed to do, it is easy to see why the 3-Step daily skin care regime is important.

 

Skin Glands and Pores: Their Function and Importance in Maintaining Healthy Skin.

There are literally millions of pores and associated glands covering the surface of our skin and these pores play a very important role in the overall function of the skin and the health of our bodies. Often these skin pores are referred to a sweat glands, however they are more than that.

The microscopic anatomy of skin reflects this functional complexity, with each functional specialization implemented by particular features of cell and tissue structure.

Structurally the skin is basically divided into two layers, the epidermis (outer skin) and the dermis (skin below the surface). The epidermis is the epithelial tissue layer of the skin and contains hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands, which originate in the dermis and protrude to the surface of the skin (the epidermis).

 

Focusing on the pores of the skin, lets look at the Sweat Glands first.

These glands are tubular and their secretory portion originates deep in the dermis. Secretions from these glands reach the skin's surface via a duct that passes through the dermis and epidermis to the outermost layer of the skin.

The secretory portion of sweat glands is comprised of larger cells than the duct. These cells form a simple cuboidal epithelium, along with interspersed myoepithelial cells, which can expel sweat by contraction.

Cells lining the duct re-absorb certain elements from the fluid, secreted by the secretory portion of the sweat gland, as the fluid passes through the duct. This is primarily to conserve salt.

Sweat glands play a primary role in the body's temperature regulation by means of a process called evaporative cooling.

There are two types of sweat glands, ordinary eccrine sweat glands found over most of the body and large apocrine sweat glands found in axillary, pubic, and perianal regions.

 

Sebaceous Glands

Sebaceous glands are part of the pilosebaceous apparatus, which consists of the sebaceous gland, the hair follicle and the hair shaft.

Unlike all other glands, sebaceous glands are holocrine glands, which means they secrete whole cells. The secreted cells are dead by the time they reach the surface of the skin but whilst alive and on their way to the surface, they absorb lipids (triglycerides and free fatty acids, wax esters, squalene, and cholesterol) which are then secreted to the skin's surface via the lumen (opening/pore) of the hair shaft. The secretion of sebaceous glands is referred to as sebum.

Whilst most of the sebaceous glands are indeed associated with the pilosebaceous apparatus some glands open directly to the surface of the skin such, for example the Meibomian glands of the eyelids.

Sebum secretion is under hormonal control and sebaceous gland development occurs during puberty. Blockage, or excessive build up of sebum can lead to acne which is of primary concern to many teenagers and can reoccur during mid-life as 'adult acne'.

As mentioned earlier, sebum is composed of triglycerides and free fatty acids, wax esters, squalene, and cholesterol. The secretion of sebum performs several functions. Firstly, the water-holding power of cornified epithelium depends on the presence of these lipids and secondly, sebum protects the skin against fungal and bacterial infections. This is sometimes referred to as the 'Acid Mantel' of the skin.

As you can see, the secretions from the pores of the skin are in fact much more than mere sweat and serve some very important functions. The 'Acid Mantel' for example is a key immune defence of the body protecting the inside from the external environment and thus reducing the chance of infection.

To ensure proper functioning of these mechanisms, it is important to implement a daily skin care regime consistent of cleansing, toning and moisturising. This has been covered in an other article and will not be discussed again here, however, in addition to the daily skin care regime, a weekly routine of exfoliation and use of a deep cleansing mask can be of additional benefit in the maintenance of healthy, vibrant looking skin.

Using natural skin care products is preferable because as is gradually being realised, some commercial, non-natural skin care products contain many synthetic and artificial chemicals which have been implicated in causing various health problems ranging from simple allergic reactions to possibly causing cancer.

For this reason it is important to choose your skin care wisely and if you are not sure, contact either Susan or Danny.

 

This One Is For The Ladies

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through, so he prayed:

"Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day.
Amen.
 
God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man woke as a woman.
He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, Set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, Drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping. Then drove home to put away the groceries, Paid the bills and balanced the checkbook.
 
He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog. Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor.

Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home.
Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their Homework, Then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.
 
At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper.
 
After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.
 
The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, Lord, I don't know what I was thinking.! I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back."

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were.
You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night."

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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months. Your suggestions are always welcome and we endevour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy!

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

 

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