If you consider that the skin, on average, weighs 10 kg in an adult and the outer layer is completely renewed every 28 days, you can understand how fast its turnover is and how vital it is to nourish and feed the skin both internally and externally, with the right nutrients in order to keep it young, moist, and healthy.
Something that only few people know is that the skin breathes absorbing oxygen and releasing CO2. I like to call the skin “our external lung”. And again only by keeping the skin cleansed and in good health it can do this important job. When the skin is made toxic by using synthetic creams and cosmetics, full of man made chemicals, preservatives and petroleum derivates (petrolatum) the result is that it is clogged and won’t be able “to breathe”. Synthetic products are often the main answer to an opaque and tired looking skin, lack in oxygen and vitality, with the tendency to lines and wrinkles.
The skin needs many nutrients to be maintained young and healthy such as ω-3, ω-6 called EFA (Essential Fatty Acid, “essential” because the body cannot produce them its self and therefore they need to be introduce trough the diet), Vitamin C, A, Silica, Sulphur, etc. and all of them come from an healthy diet plenty of organic raw vegetables (they are richer in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants), organic cold pressed vegetable oils (olive oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, flax seed oil etc.), nuts, seed sprouts, fish. And water, water, water, the purest possible, to hydrate your body and to favourite the metabolic exchanges and drain out the waste. Junk food, too much alcohol, coffee, cigarettes and lack of physical exercise, slowly will reduce the oxygen and vitality and the skin, together with the body, will be affected.
What we put on our skin too should reflect the same principle: skin products should nourish and feed our skin the same way we nourish and feed our body with the best food possible. Therefore chose oil based organic skincare as oil is very similar to the skin sebum hence more welcomed by the skin, with high content of ω-3 and ω-6, β-carotene, chlorophyll and antioxidant.
Moreover I also have to underline the close link between our skin and our brain, meaning how our inner emotional state and our way to deal with life and problems can affect the skin.
The skin itself, during our foetal life, comes from the same embryonic layer (ectoderm) were part of the brain comes from and, because of this very close link, many of our emotions can be “somatised” on the skin. In the medical world we know that stress can aggravate skin complaints such as eczema.
On the other hand through the skin we can send positive messages to the skin in order relax, produce endorphins and release tensions. This simple evidence is applicable to the babies: massaging or cuddling them they receive a calming and positive input from the mother or father. This will give the babies reinsurance and protection sensation and these memories will be kept for all their life.
Therefore, in this manic life we are in, it is a very good practice to invest part of our time incorporating an organic skincare regime, and having periodic massages, or reflexology, or all sort of therapies acting manually on the skin. The mind will relax, the tension will disappear and our mood will be positively conditioned, as well as our self-esteem, helping us to see in a different positive prospective our life and the world.