Monday, September 4, 2017

HEALTH & WELLBEING

By Guest Contributor

The Importance of Using Natural Products
On Your Skin

Photo courtesy of Maple Holistics



The health and wellness industry often comes under a lot of criticism. Maybe some of it is justified, but beyond all of the nay-saying and tongue-wagging, there is a lot of truth certain claims made by sincere wellness experts. One such claim is that natural products are better for you. There are exceptions to every rule, but this one is worth looking into. So, what is the importance, if any, of using more natural products on your skin?

The first order of business is to define what ‘natural products’ means. We all have a different way of thinking, so - for the sake of this post - let’s just say that natural products are twofold: some come from the earth and are made by living organisms, like plants, veggies, and fruit. Others may be man-made products, but they aid the body’s natural organic process. I’ll give examples of each soon enough, but first let’s discuss the skin.

Our skin is the largest organ we have. It acts as a barrier and a protector, and it fights a lot of battles for us. It prevents harmful agents from entering our system, and parts of it even possess the ability to grow back. The skin regenerates once every several weeks, on average, and it is vital to take good care of your skin, in order for it to perform its duties in the best way possible.



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The skin has several layers, and it is an organ which I see as tough and sensitive simultaneously. Human beings are very fragile, but there is a kind of durability and resilience to our skin, which helps us deal with everyday life. It can take a lickin’, and keep on tickin’.


Let’s quickly explore a couple of man-made products.

Derma Roller - this is a device which actively causes some kind of physical injury, called micro-needling, in order to hasten skin cell regeneration. The benefits of the derma roller are that it is compact, user-friendly, and that it can be done at home in many cases.

Chemical Peel - a technique which exfoliates the skin, causing the newer cells to present themselves. There are superficial, medium, and deep peels. The added benefit of peels is that there are several of them, and this allows treatment of a wider variety of issues and conditions.



Derma roller (Photo courtesy of Maple Holistics)



Now, a couple of products which come from the earth.

Avocado Oil - native to Mexico and Central America, the avocado is one of the most useful veggies out there, and its oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The benefits of avocado oil have been documented many times.

Argan Oil - the argan tree is native to parts of Morocco and Algeria, and it has been dubbed the ‘Tree of Life’ by the locals. The nuts of the tree are transformed into argan oil by hand, which is why it is more expensive. Argan oil benefits include balancing your skin’s pH levels, and providing it with vitamin E and some good fatty acids. 



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What we put on our skin, on our scalp, and into our mouth (when we are eating) - it all becomes a part of who we are. It gets into our system, and works its magic, for better or worse. Some products are more natural than others, but this doesn’t guarantee success or long-term results.

If we want to have smoother, healthier, and more young-looking skin, we cannot rely solely on products - natural though they may be - to save the day. We need to adopt better habits for ourselves, treat our bodies properly, and perhaps be a little more mindful of what we are putting in and on ourselves.



Photo courtesy of Maple Holistics (Click to enlarge)



The transition to using natural products can be as simple as you want it to be. In fact, if you start simple and easy, there is an even better chance of your resolve sticking, and that you will be able to continue using natural products in the future, and allow them access to other areas of your life.

‘The importance of using natural products’ raises the obvious question, which is: are they, in fact, more important? Are they better than products which are laden with detergents, artificial fragrances, preservatives, and other elements? The answer to this question changes from one individual to the next, so you’ll have to do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

Like I said, there are exceptions to every rule, but I feel there is no doubt that natural products have proven themselves worthy of the positive attention they have gained.





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