Monday, June 20, 2011

All you need for skin glowing with health is oil and water!

All you need for skin glowing with health is oil and water!

by Folium Medica on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 9:45pm
Solutions to problematic and aging skin have always been seductively marketed with promises of scientific miracles. For so many years, we’ve been fed a beauty myth that we need to take dramatic measures to keep our skin beautiful with expensive skin-care products in order to keep it healthy, but it simply isn’t so.

In reality, there are only two principles to create facial and body creams: either oil-in-water (O-in-W) or water-in-oil (W-in-O) formulation. Most popular creams and lotions available today are O-in-W type of formulation because of its beautiful, textured consistency. They consist of up to 95% water, are easy to apply, and feel refreshing. Unfortunately, soon after such cream is applied, water evaporates and the moisturizing effect is gone. Washing your face with water would produce same effect. The other type of formulation, W-in-O, has an excellent moisturizing effect, but it works not because it adds water to the skin but rather because oil prevents excessive evaporation.

However, almost every facial cream today contains synthetic chemicals and artificial ingredients that can be toxic to your liver and other organs. These chemicals contribute to acne and are detrimental to your skin because they strip away not only dirt and bacteria, but the oils that your skin needs. This works against your body’s actual needs. When the skin’s natural oils are removed, the body’s reaction is to compensate by producing more oil, which causes more outbreaks and oily skin. Instead of stripping the skin of oil that provides hydration, it is better to use oil-based products to balance oil production and to moisturize the skin.

Although it sounds too simple, oil treatments for skin are, surprisingly, the most effective way to maintain and restore healthy skin. Ordinary “fatty oils” such as almond, avocado, jojoba, olive oil, and others have been used by cultures around the world to cleanse and nourish the skin more effectively than scientifically-formulated moisturizers loaded with chemicals and preservatives.

To further enhance the power of fatty oils, essential oils can be added to treat specific skin type or condition. Essential oils are very powerful, many times more potent than dried herbs, and therefore are used in small amounts as a complement to the base oil. They are non-greasy oils derived from plants and herbs and are used to treat many skin aliments such as acne, scars, blemishes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. They bring back life to tired, aging skin by smoothing wrinkles, minimizing age marks, and restoring health and skin tone.

Additionally, regular use of facial oils in combination with acupressure massage will trigger a more profound form of healing achieved by stimulation of acupoints and regulating the properties of essential oils. Our simple oil preparation can be the basis for your long-term skin care!