To achieve more radiant skin and a beautiful complexion, it is vital to use only the purest skincare products, particularly those made only with raw, living, and natural ingredients. In this article, I explain why this is the best external skincare possible. Together with a healthy diet, right lifestyle, and a positive mental attitude, it helps the skin to become softer, firmer, and better able to achieve an unmistakable glow.
From the outset, I’d like to emphasize that becoming more beautiful is available to anyone now–regardless of their present health, condition or age–who is willing to create beauty through changes in their diet, external skincare, and mental outlook.
What we put on our skin is just as important as the food we eat. The skin is the body’s largest organ and plays a crucial role, not only in the elimination of toxins and in regulating our internal temperature, but also in terms of absorption.
Therefore, it is critical to use skin and personal care products that, first of all, are free from toxic chemical ingredients. Some of these ingredients include:
Secondly, it is important to use skincare products that are made only with raw, living, and natural ingredients such as raw cacao (cocoa) butter and cold-pressed oils. This is because the skin is greatly nourished from the life force, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids present in the natural ingredients.
The benefits are numerous. The life energy in the ingredients is highly nourishing and healing. Antioxidants for example, help to reverse skin aging and inflammation and help heal scar tissue. Minerals play a key role in beautifying the skin, hair & nails. Sulphur, for instance, is a central component of collagen & connective tissue, which provides elasticity & flexibility to the tissues. Vitamins such as A, C and E are moisturizing, soothing and healing to the skin. Essential fatty acids help to remove toxins from tissues.
To ensure that the life force and all these nutrients are retained, skincare products must be made at temperatures below 40C. If ingredients are heated above this level during the manufacturing process, most of the antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and the life force in the ingredients are destroyed. A good example of this is cold-pressed olive oil, which has long been considered a topical remedy for wrinkles and facial lines. Not surprisingly, olive oil is the best source of raw vitamin E. However, it is also extremely sensitive to temperature and light and becomes completely corrupted when heated.
Heated oils and fats when used in skincare products –even in the so-called most natural ones- are actually one of the worst offenders to skin beauty. They contain highly toxic transfatty acids, which may be absorbed into the cell membranes, causing them to become porous and weak. Heating oils and fats also leads to the creation of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that have lost an electron. Collagen, a protein molecule that constitutes 80% of the dermis, is particularly susceptible to free radical damage, which includes wrinkles, lingering scars and stiff collagen.
In contrast, cold-pressed fats and oils kept at low temperatures help to beautify the skin, strengthen the cell membranes, and restore nutrients to the tissues.
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By Hector Bolanos, 2006.