Skin

The skin, as we know, is the largest organ of the body. It protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

Skin has 3 layers (and :

  • The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
  • The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
  • The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.

Its a strong protective “covering”but still can get affected by multiple factors: environment, chemicals, nutrients, diseases, accidents…Skin cells last for about 2-3 weeks. Four types of cells make up the skin, and they are produced mainly in the epidermis near the basement membrane. There is way more information about the skin, not provided here, but we all know it is a very important organ. Like most organs, we can have skin transplant, graft. Mostly done after some type of injury like a burn. Skin grafting is a surgical procedure that involves removing skin from one area of the body and moving it, or transplanting it, to a different area of the body.There are two basic types of skin grafts: split-thickness and full-thickness grafts. A surgeon will begin the operation by removing skin from the donor site. Once skin is removed from the donor site, the surgeon will carefully place it over the transplant area and secure it with a surgical dressing, staples, or stitches. Amazing!

Now, my intention writing this was to give some natural recipes or tips to help with your skin.

1st nutrition is very important. Of course water!!!! but also food rich in carotenoids (sweet potato, tomatoes, plantains, carrots, papaya…) Carotenoids, along with active vitamin A, help prevent premature skin damage. Diets high in carotenoids are beneficial for preventing UV light damage, which can lead to melanoma, aged-looking skin, wrinkles, drying, scaling and follicular thickening of the skin. Variety in your diet, fats are important like Avocado/coconut/olive oils.

Avoid applying products with chemicals in your body, like most skin products we see in store. Lots of the lotions, makeups etc contain harsh materials. Instead of soap or alcohol-based products use a natural toner/cleanser in your face. Instead of lotions fulls of parabens, DMDM (type of formaldehyde), retinyl palmitate and others you can apply a little bit of coconut oil for example or you can make your own. here some skin recipes:

  • TONER: Apple cider vinegar with water or water with Rose Water however a good recipe for sensitive skin is:
    • Mix ½ tablespoon Apple cider vinegar and ½ tablespoon witch hazel with 4 tbsp. water. Add 1-2 drops of each essential oil like lavender or geranium.
  • SUNBURNS: Aloe vera is the famous one, just by itself can help. But here a recipe:
    • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel, 10 drops of lavender oil. Combine and store in the fridge.
  • LOTION/MOISTURIZER: Coconut oil by itself is great. But here you go:
    • ½ cup of carrot or almond oil (carrot oil might stain a bit, clothes etc), 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of beeswax, you can add shea or cocoa butter and essential oils. Ingredients should be (oils) melted first and then mix.
  • SCRUB: Brown sugar or even coffee grounds by itself can be good. However:
    • 3 tblsp coffee grounds, 3 tblsp ground cacao, 2 tblsp brown sugar, 1 tblsp of coconut or avocado or almond oil. Mix ingredients and apply.

Hope this helps! Remember to always test in a small area 1st just to make sure you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

PicL Linda Prebreza, Pexels

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