As a kid we get used to the infamous cheek squeeze. But what about when we become adults? Not so much. Could it be that we lose our suppleness and we just don't want to point it out? What if there was a way to keep the suppleness of our skin intact even as we age? Well, one of the key players in this department is Hyaluronic acid, "a non-sulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout the body in the connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. Hyaluronic acid attracts and holds water, which is what plumps your skin so that wrinkles and lines are less visible”. As we get older we do not produce as much hyaluronic acid and that is when you start to see the residual effects on your skin (i.e. wrinkles).
Many of today’s leading skin products include hyaluronic acid in their ingredient list and “unlike collagen, Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. When applied in an HA for cream or serum, hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin”. There is a reason why this has been so popular in the market because it’s incredibly effective and HA exists in so many of our skin cells. Not saying that we WANT to have our cheeks pinched as adults, but if they went for that skin now at least there would be something nice to grab.
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Turmeric, known as the star spice in curries and used as a top agent for healing in both Indian Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is a plant that I want everyone to know about. How many of you out there have ever felt inflamed? Maybe it's your stomach, your wrist, or perhaps even your skin? These are not the times that we want to just wait out the pain. We want real results and we want em fast! So guess which spice was taken in a randomized study to help with inflammatory issues alongside another group of individuals who were taking ibuprofen and results turned out to be quite similar? You guessed it. It’s amazing, given that some people may not even know about turmeric’s healing properties,who are very quick to run to their closest drugstore for relief, but meanwhile there is “comparatively little evidence of harm to the stomach”. While you are at that drugstore, take a look around. You will notice the assemblage of skin care products promising to reduce your unwanted inflammation. Well turmeric has been known to help "heal and prevent dry skin, and to slow the skin aging process, and is used to diminish wrinkles, keep skin supple and improve skin’s elasticity. Turmeric is used for acne because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts. It removes redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduces inflammation and evens out skin discolorations”. You can even make your own masks at home, with your friends and end up saving money on skin care products. You really have to try this yourself to experience its power.
As old as Roman Empire, the height of Egyptian rule and the glory of ancient Greece, Chamomile, meaning "ground apple" has been used for centuries as a healing herb for the skin. It contains flavonoids and essential oils that possess anti-inflammatory and anti-septic characteristics that have an uncanny ability to heal our skin. These flavonoids prevent the release of histamine, a chemical that causes itching, swelling, and redness; therefore, products containing chamomile can help clear up skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and other related allergies. Not only will it help as an anti-histimine, but it has been shown to work well on both cuts and sores, skin cracks, insect bites, bruises and perhaps even sunburns. To top that, a compound found in chamomile, Alpha-bisabolol, reportedly reduces the appearance of fine of line and wrinkles. Who knew such medicine and benefits could be packed in this tiny daisy-like plant? I guess the guess the Romans, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and you!