Your skin reflects your inner health:
We often come across several brand endorsements of anti aging creams and serums by celebrities. In real, the celebrities we look up to take to botox treatments.
But that doesn’t implicate anti-aging creams don’t work, as research has proved that hyaluronic-acid containing anti-wrinkle creams when used over a period of three months showed clear and positive effects on wrinkle-depth and skin-tightness.
That being said the biggest indispensable fact is our skin reflects our general inner health and aging.
Intrinsic skin aging is a natural process where skin ages in the same pattern as all internal organs do.
Whereas extrinsic aging is result of several external factors like pollution, sleep deprivation, prolonged periods of exposure to sun and poor nutrition.
Your skin needs micro minerals:
Combating free radicals with anti oxidants for anti-aging and other benefits is widespread knowledge. However what very few of us know is that our body naturally synthesizes antioxidants that work by breaking down and removing free radicals. This process requires micro minerals like copper, zinc, manganese, and iron.
Zinc deficiency results in skin, nail and hair problems.
Manganese deficiency causes raises glucose levels in blood, low immunity and hormonal imbalances.
Best natural sources: Milk and cheese are the best foods for zinc and manganese deficiencies.
Your skin needs micro nutrients:
Vitamin C and E:
In human beings brain, pituitary and adrenal glands, skeletal muscle and liver have the highest concentrations of Vitamin C. Deficiencies of vitamin C leads to decreased natural detox mechanisms of the body.
Natural sources: Citrus fruits, blackcurrant, rose hip, guava, chili pepper or parsley.
Does external application of Vitamin C help in preventing skin aging:
Vitamin C degrades very fast in presence of air even before it is applied onto the skin and hence contrary to the popular belief of using topical creams of vitamin C for its anti-aging, anti-oxidative properties, it may not be of much use compared to daily intake.
Skin exposed to sun rays accelerates cell damage. Vitamin E acts by stopping the bio-chemical reactions involved in cell damage. However, in this process Vitamin E gets oxidized and therefore requires presence of Vitamin C for its regeneration.
Does external application of Vitamin E help in preventing skin aging:
Unlike Vitamin C, Vitamin E when applied topically has more beneficial results. It reduces erythema, the redness of the skin. It heals sunburned skin areas and prevents skin cancers.
Vitamin E intake sustains the natural and healthy aging of skin:
Collagen protein present in skin imparts elasticity and firmness to it. In a healthy naturally aging skin the cross linking between collagen molecules occurs naturally and that sustains the elasticity of the skin. Whereas exposure to sun’s harmful UV rays induces forced cross linking of collagen molecules which causes premature aging of skin. Therefore, topical and oral intake of natural vitamin E helps against collagen cross linking induced due to external factors
Carotenoids: Vitamin A derivatives are carotenoids. Lycopene and β-carotene, the Vitamin A derivatives found in skin protect against sun burn.
Sources of β-carotene: Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mangos and papaya
Sources of lycopene: Tomatoes, red carrots, watermelons and papayas
Retinol, the carotenoid that can’t be synthesized by the body plays a major role in skin tissues regeneration.
Sources of retinol: milk, egg yolk, cheese and fatty fish.
Your skin needs polyphenols:
Polyphenols present in green tea protects skin from signs of photo aging. These polyphenols also known have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Best way for enhancing skin protection from free radical damage is to support the inherent antioxidant system of our body, with antioxidants containing products that are normally present in the skin.
At the same time our skin needs to be infused with natural oils to balance the sebum production. Head on to read:
The above mentioned needs of skin covers the micro nutrients, micro minerals but our body needs even the right measure of macro nutrients. Read our easy- to- follow guide to healthy eating and mindless snacking. to make the right choices for your meal plans.
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Have you ever heard of Fab bag? It is a site where you can subscribe for 1 month or more to get a “fab bag” full of surprises. Well, who doesn’t love surprises? As for me the moment I got to know of this I placed a subscription of 3 months.
Every month I would eagerly wait to get my fab bag. The bag had several cosmetic and skin care products of various brands. The brands are usually the ones unknown to me or say those that have been recently launched and are giving out sample gifts.
I was not really happy with the shades of lip color or nail paint though. Of all the skin care sample products I received what caught my interest was this brand “Skin Yoga”. The sample product I received from this brand was Almond-Orange face scrub.
This Scrub had Almond meal, Orange peel, Chickpea flour and turmeric as its ingredients. This scrub acted not only as cleanser but also imparted instant skin glow. If you have an important event to attend and no time to get a salon clean-up then I suggest you use this scrub. If you have oily skin follow up with Aloe Vera gel.
Green tea face mask:
Ever since I got to try this Almond-Orange face scrub I started exploring other products sold by Skin Yoga.
To treat my skin acne I opted for green tea face mask by this brand. Before using any masks, I suggest you to gently exfoliate your skin. I used to avoid exfoliation of my skin because I have acne prone skin. But after thorough studies of scientific papers related to skin, I finally started skin exfoliation. Before deciding on any skin care regime, I request you to read my insight on Importance of exfoliation of skin irrespective of skin type
Even before I started using skin yoga products the packaging won brownie points. The scrubs, masks and powders are so aesthetically packed giving you a complete feel of a luxury product.
I opted for Skin Yoga’s set so that I could try my hands on its different products. And so the quantity is of 5.67gms. Whereas the full size pack is of 50gms. So far this brand lives up to its claims. Though the pricing is on high end it indeed offers luxury skin care and once you start using the products, you realize it is worth it.
As mentioned on the leaf let the composition of this mask is inspired from Japanese skin care routine.
It is said that Japanese Beauties traditionally not only drink cups and cups of green tea but also use the extract to apply on acne. Other than green tea this mask also has Rice flour which again is vouched by Japanese women for its anti- wrinkle and flawless skin properties.
At this point, I would like to mention to my readers, solely depending on green teas and external applications won’t revive our skin instead healthy eating and avoiding mindless snacking is as well very important.
Green tea from skin yoga mask has Oat meal, Green tea powder, Rice powder, Neem powder (in decreasing order). You can try making your own green tea Japanese mask at home.
Saponins present in Oat meal serves as natural cleansing agent and has anti-inflammatory properties.
And coming to neem words fall short to describe its benefits for skin and health. Here in this mask Neem serves to treat acne, blackheads, scars and pigmentation. All in all I am pretty impressed with the formula of this green tea face mask.
As per instructions after taking required amount, lukewarm water is to be added to activate the ingredients and make a paste.
Results: As I have combination skin. This mask gave results based on the skin area. It instantly worked for my acne prone areas on my face. And in dry areas of my face it made the skin drier. No, there was no instant glow but this mask offered a proper clean-up action. I have been using this for my forehead region where currently I am having a minor breakout. If you have oily skin then this mask is custom made for you. If you have dry skin with acne problem then apply the paste only on areas where you breakout more often.
Final Review: Oily skin beauties this mask is a must-have for you. Combination skin beauties use this mask as and when required. As for dry skin beauties with acne troubles make sure you follow up with Aloe-Vera gel after using this mask.
I would like to emphasize again external application alone of skin care products won’t give you long term beneficial effects. Have the right balance of using natural products as well as eating right to feed it what skin needs to prevent premature aging.
If you are looking for a natural traditional skin care regime then please check this post- Sandalwood face mask