If you are someone who just does not understand why using natural skincare really is such a big deal – why I am always going on why you should not use nasty chemicals, but use natural-based ingredients, then this article is going to be a major eyeopener for you.
There have been a number of debates now for quite some years, whether what we apply to our skin actually affects the rest of our body.
Natural therapists, from naturopaths to holistic beauty therapists (myself included) have been concerned about the use of chemicals in our products affecting our general health.
So the following study was of great interest to me.
I apologise in advance to those of you reading this, who feel that the upcoming information is a tad heavy reading – I have tried to explain things so that I do not put you into a coma due to boredom as it may seem a bit technical………..
A new study has found that the regular use of moisturiser reduces ‘inflamm-aging’ linked to chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and diabetes.
Scientists at the University of California along with San Francisco Veterans Administration Health Care System and 33 participants aged 58 – 95 ran a study where they had the participants apply an over the counter skin cream which contained “a beneficial ratio” of three types of lipids – cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides all over their bodies twice daily for a month.
After a month the researchers measured the participants’ blood levels of 3 cytokines which are linked to age-related inflammatory diseases.
They looked at interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6 and tumour necrosis factor.
So what is a cytokine? You may well ask!
As you may know, our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. All of our cells are very social and talk to each other all of the time. Immune cells do this by sending out messages through a group of proteins called cytokines. When a cell receives a message from another cell via a cytokine that it needs to deal with inflammation or infection it reacts and goes to work.
When you suffer from cold and flu symptoms, pain or any other form of inflammation – that will be the cytokines doing their thing, they are fighting to protect you.
When there is inflammation in the body or infection, the immune cells create more cytokines – so the more cytokines – you guessed it – the more inflammation in the body.
According to the university, using the cream reduced the amount of all 3 cytokines compared to the participant’s levels before using the cream, and the levels of similarly aged adults who did not use the cream.
Not only that – but in fact, the cream lowered participants cytokine levels to nearly the equivalent of 30-year-olds, suggesting that rejuvenating the skin can reverse ‘inflamm-aging’.
Dr Mao-Qiang Man spoke about the research after the publication of the study came out in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. He said that scientists conducted this study based on the belief that skin might be to blame for body-wide inflammation linked to chronic diseases of ageing instead of the more commonly held belief that inflammation is caused through the immune system or the liver.
“The inflammation must come from an organ big enough that very minor inflammation can affect the whole body,” he said.
(For those of you on up on your physiology of the body – our skin is our largest organ.)
Any form of inflammation on the skin, be it itchiness, dryness or changes of acidity causes elevation in cytokine levels.
“In the past 5 years, studies of psoriasis and dermatitis have shown that skin inflammation from these diseases are likely to increase the risk of heart disease” Dr Theodora Mauro the study’s leading author says.
“Decreasing inflammation simply by treating the skin dysfunction,” she says “could have profound health effects”
With this information scientists are proceeding with more research seeing if by lowering the cytokine levels using this cream can decrease age-related inflammation.
But what this proves is, that whatever you apply to your skin enters your bloodstream and affects your immune system and your health.
By using off the shelf creams and makeup could be causing major inflammation in your body – for example – if you are using an antiaging cream full of chemicals, it may work in the short term, but it could be the reason you look much older than you are later on in life, plus, it could be the cause of you ending up with age-related diseases.
This also applies to makeup.
Every ingredient you place on your skin will affect your whole body.
For example – using products containing essential fatty acids such as avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, flaxseed oil or olive oil – will improve your internal fatty acids as well as your external.
One of my favourite oils is apricot kernel oil. It is rich in essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic), it also contains high levels of vitamins A and E, very healing and regenerative outside and in.
Also, did you know Apricot kernel oil is rich in Vitamin K, which is important for wound healing and bone density.
Apricot Kernel Oil is effective to help soothe inflamed, irritated, chapped and dry skin and acts as an excellent skin moisturiser. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it great for reducing signs of eczema and psoriasis, helping to decrease redness and itchiness.
Basically, it does much of what the scientists were trying to achieve by using their specialised skin cream!
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Hi! My name is Yvette van Schie, I am a qualified Beauty Therapist and professional makeup artist with 34 years of industry experience. I have worked with some of the best in the business, such as naturopaths and cosmetic surgeons and now besides writing my educational blog posts, I write holistic beauty articles for a multitude of professional industry suppliers.
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