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Skin Care Basics 99% of People Do Not Yet Know

“What Few Women and Even Fewer Men  Know About Skin Care – Basic Rules To Follow”

by Tom Cifelli, OWC Editorial Staff

Are you one of the few people who really know the answers to these simple yet very important questions regarding basic skin care?

  1. Are your sunscreens safe?
  2. Are your cosmetics safe?
  3. Are your moisturizers safe?
  4. Is your bath and shower water safe?
  5. Are your face and skin cleansing products safe?
  6. Are toxins sabotaging your healthy skin regimen?

Everyone knows their skin is their largest organ. It also is your thinnest and most delicate. It is approximately 1/10th of an inch thick and its most important function is to protect you from environmental toxins.

Since skin is also highly permeable, what you apply to your skin goes into your bloodstream. Shouldn’t you know the toxicity of what is hitting your skin and avoid adding toxins your system needs to defend against?

Here are some basic rules to think about everyday, every time you apply anything to or around your skin.

Rule #1:

Do not put anything on your skin you would not drink or eat.

Rule #2:

Do not put anything on your skin that contaminates it.

Rule #3:

Drink plenty of pure water and nutritive teas made with pure water.

Rule #4:

Drink only pure juices – preferably made yourself from organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid drinks with unnatural, chemical or sugar additives.

Rule #5:

Eat a healthy diet of mostly raw foods, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids helping hydrate from the inside out, antioxidants which help protect cells from aging, and other nutrients that promote cellular regeneration.

Rule #6:

Avoid putting hot water on your skin – it causes more harm than good. Although taking baths and showers may seem like it’s health-promoting and relaxing, your skin may disagree – especially if you have chlorinated or unnatural levels of metals or chemicals in your water, which is almost certainly the case if you are on a municipal water system or pumping contaminated ground water into your house. Advanced whole home water purification systems are well worth the money if you can afford such a luxury. If not use filters on taps and shower heads. Chlorine causes oxidative damage and chemicals in water cause over time untold problems. The hotter the water, the more potential for damage – because the rate of chemical reactions increases with temperature. Hot water likely accelerates skin aging.

Rule #7:

Take revitalizing baths – in warm or cool water. Mineral rich and essential oil baths are rejuvenating. Himalayan and dead sea type salt baths help dry skin to slough off encouraging cellular renewal.

Rule #8:

Moisturize daily with non-clogging moisturizers. Use all organic products if possible including coconut oil or body butter, grapeseed oils, castor oils, or other essential oil blends that nourish your skin instead of clogging it.

Rule #9:

Cleanse and moisturize before you go to bed at night to remove impurities caused by exposure to daily toxins before your revitalizing sleep time.

Rule #10:

Exercise to the point of sweating. Your skin detoxifies impurities from your system through perspiration.

Rule #11:

Remove makeup each evening. Better yet stop using makeup. It’s a really bad idea to flop into bed, leaving makeup and environmental grime on your face. Take a couple minutes to remove it.

Rule #12:

Sleep on your back. Gravity creates a downward drag on your skin all day. Give your skin a break at night. By sleeping on your back, you reduce gravitational pull on your face. If you press your face to your pillow, you will likely experience increased puffiness in the morning.

Rule #13:

Don’t smoke or sit in smoky environmentsfor your general health’s sake, and for younger looking skin. Smoking causes free radical production, which is one cause of the signs of aging.

Rule #14:

Use gentle exfoliators not more than weekly. Exfoliation refreshes your skin’s surfaces and brightens your appearance as it removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. But if you exfoliate too often or too aggressively, you risk damaging living cells. Peels that intentionally damage skin to improve it are another complex matter beyond this article’s scope.

Rule #15:

Apply your skin care products to warm skin in order to help your skin appear healthier. This maximizes absorption. If your skin is cold, use a warm towel to warm your skin.

Rule #16:

Never pull or rub your skin. Apply your skin care products gently, and lightly tap for a few moments to help your skin absorb them. Rubbing stretches your skin and can promote sagging and wrinkles.

Rule #17:

Minimize sun exposure assuming you otherwise get adequate Vitamin D. Sunbathing to intentionally brown your skin or using mechanical tanning devices should be discouraged.

Rule #18:

Minimize additional permanent body art.

Rule #19:

Avoid spraying any fragrance directly on your skin unless 100% pure essential oils.

Rule #20:

Wear protective gloves when doing any type of cleaning unless using all natural cleaners.

Common Nutrients Good For Skin

Visit our “Research” library under “Skin Nutrients” for more amazingly useful information on superfoods and skin nutrition science than anyone you know can recall quickly off the top of their heads. This even includes leading skin care experts and formulators. If you know something useful to others not there, please leave a comment.

Common Product Ingredients To Avoid

Be sure to check your products against the list of dangerous ingredients that follows.

Currently, in retail skin and cosmetic products, as much as 99% contain one or more ingredients that have never been evaluated for safety.

Grab your containers of skin care products and check them against the following lists. If any of these are in your products throw them away

Parabens Heavily used preservatives in the cosmetic industry; used in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products. Studies implicate their connection with cancer because their hormone-disrupting qualities mimic estrogen and could disrupt your body’s endocrine system.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. They’re implicated as a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity.

Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) Found in over 90% of personal care products! They break down your skin’s moisture barrier, potentially leading to dry skin with premature aging. SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.
Acrylamide Found in many facial creams. Linked to mammary tumors.
Propylene glycol Common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils. May cause dermatitis and skin irritation. May inhibit skin cell growth. Linked to kidney and liver problems.
Phenol carbolic acid Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.
Dioxane Hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Very common in personal care products. These chemicals are often contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane that’s easily absorbed through the skin. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978.
Toluene May be very poisonous! Made from petroleum and coal tar… found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage…May affect a developing fetus.

Others common ingredients in household products to avoid include:

Coal Tar, Zinc Oxide and Titanium dioxide, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), DMDM, Hydantoin, Quaternium-15, Diazonlidnyl urea, Hydroquinone, Talc, Triclosan.

Recall the increasingly popular adage – if your grandmother would not know what the ingredient is, use caution before using it on your skin or in your food. Most products you use to improve the natural flavor of your food, excepting of course herbs and spices, probably contain ingredients bad for your skin.

More toxic common household product ingredients to avoid can be found by [Clicking Here].

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