Skin Care For All Ages

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Clear, glowing skin is a sure sign of good health.  There are a lot of factors that play a role in the way our skin looks including our diet, hereditary factors and also what products we put on our skin.

Taking into account that our skin is the largest organ in our body and the fact that it is alive and constantly renewing itself is a good enough reason to protect it and take care of what we put on it.

The skin also has physiological functions including getting rid of waste matter through the pores, it protects the body from bacteria, viruses and chemical pollutants, it regulates body temperature, manufactures Vitamin D from the sun and is linked to sensors that provide us with information about touch and pain.   Because of these many physiological functions if we are not looking after our skin properly signs of neglect or poor dietary or skin regimes will sooner or later become visible on our skin.

Our skin at different stages of our life requires different things.   The journey of new cells that are produced in the basal layer (deepest layer) of the epidermis to the outer surface (stratum corneum) takes about 14 days for young people but about double that as we age.  When we take into account the fact that people shed millions of dead skin cells every day we realise the importance of a good skin care regime to aid in this process.

Young children in general have glowing and smooth skin.  When puberty arrives hormonal activity begins to become evident on the skin bringing with it blackheads, acne and spots for so many.   When this stage passes our skin can change again and go back almost to the way it was when we were young until we hit the age of about 25 when it can start to become drier as the levels of sebum drop.

From the age of about 50 the number of elasatin fibres being to decline and our skin starts to loose its natural elasticity and suppleness.   The collagen fibres or the underlying support structure of the skin, becomes twisted and matted which can cause wrinkles and fine lines.   We can help with this process by avoiding ultra violet rays, using sun blocks, giving up  smoking and by reducing free radical activity.  A great way to help the skin with the free radical activity is by using Vitamin E on our skin.

Overall in relation to our skin care regime as we go through the various stages of life a sensible approach to skin care can reap benefits through diet, exercise and using good quality natural products.    It is never too late to start a healthy regime, remembering that new cells are produced constantly.

Using pure essential oils suitable for our skin type provides healing for the skin in so many ways as it is using products directly from nature’s own medicine cabinet.   Knowing what carrier oil best suits our skin type is helpful also.

Wonderful pure essentials oils for the skin include Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Bergamot.

I run natural solutions classes on a regular basis including how to use them in your home; for physical ailments and also to assist with the emotional issues.   Contact me for details.

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Soul Care Practitioner (contact me at doloresagavin@gmail.com).

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