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Minor Skin Complaints

The health and appearance of the skin is very much linked to the health of the body and tends to reflect what is going on internally. A healthy glowing skin needs care from both the inside as well as the outside and can be achieved by especially concentrating on the necessary nutrients being absorbed by the body and the effectiveness of the removal of waste and toxins.

Nature’s answer for a glowing healthy skin

The skin is covered in a protective layer called the hydro-lipid film, or acid mantle. This is formed of water and essential fatty acids, so make sure you take in enough of both of these by keeping the skin well hydrated by drinking enough liquid and by making sure you have enough omega 3, 6 and 9 through diet or with supplements such as flaxseed or fish oils. It is important that this layer is not stripped away by overzealous cleansing, so use a gentle cleanser that respects the acidity of the skin and does not strip away the natural protective oils.

The supportive fibres that give skin its elasticity and firmness (collagen and elastin) naturally decrease with age, but can easily be damaged by the action of free radicals – scavenging unstable oxygen atoms that attack our body tissues. These are created by UV light, cigarette smoking and pollution so protect your skin on the outside by using a product containing an SPF, to deflect away UV light and from the inside with lots of antioxidants. These are vitamins A, C and E which should be present in a healthy diet but can be taken through supplementation to boost their levels in the body.

Tiredness and fatigue are enemies of healthy skin, so get enough rest and try to avoid stress. If toxins build up in the body these can add to a haggard, grey looking skin, so improve elimination by looking after your liver and by flushing out your lymphatic system. An excellent spring cleaning tea can be made by combining nettle leaf and clivers.

Acne

Acne is a condition characterized by oily scarred skin. There are 2 types of Acne, Acne Vulgaris caused by the inflammation of blocked pores, due to the over secretion of oil, by the sebaceous glands.  Acne Rosacea, is characterized by a redness in the skin which may also occur in Adulthood. Acne can occur as a result of a depleted immune system, and digestive issues. Poor hormonal health may also contribute to Acne. Treating Acne externally using natural skin care can also help

Nature’s Answer to treating acne include

Essential fatty acids are vital to the body, Alpha Linolenic acid (ALA) and Linoleic acid,(LA) 2 of the known essential fatty acids cannot be made in the body, so we have to rely on our diets. Both ALA and LA are Anti-Inflammatory and helpful in regulating hormones.

Vitamin B6 contributes to regulating Hormonal activity.

Weleda Aknedoron Purifying lotion is specially formulated to care for problem skin, gently but effectively. The special combination calms irritation and stimulates blood flow to regulate problem skin.

Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing lotion. Is specially formulated to deep cleanse and freshen problem skin, gently but effectively. The special combination cleanses without stripping the natural oily layer, which protects and restores the skin.

Eczema

Eczema/Dermatitis is a general term for any type of inflammation of the skin. The inflammation of the skin that accompanies Dermatitis or Eczema produces scaling, flaking, thickening, weeping, crusting, colour changes and often itching. There may be underlying issues linked to Dermatitis, one example may be “leaky gut syndrome” in which the intestines become porous and allow tiny particles of undigested food to enter the blood stream, provoking a reaction.

Nature’s answer to treating Eczema

Essential fatty acids promotes lubrication of the skin, essential fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory, beneficial for any kind of inflamed condition.

B complex essential for healthy skin and proper circulation, aids in the reproduction of all cells.

Natural skin creams containing calendula, which reduce inflammation in the skin. Shea butter known for nourishing dry skin. Aloe Vera also known for its nourishing properties.