Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It is the first line of defense against injury, pathogens, toxins, air pollution, and overexposure to cold, heat and sun. Since it is the first organ in line to “take a hit” from every day environmental threats, and it is also the first to respond to these stressors with wrinkles, age spots, dryness, redness or pimples.
Some very special herbs and supplements which protect the skin:
Lavender oil has been shown to trigger the production of glutathione and superoxide dismutase –which are two undisputed antioxidants that offer skin protection. In addition, it spurs the synthesis of collagen, one of the proteins responsible for skin’s elasticity. Lavender oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties and that essential oil of lavender can speed wound healing, while even treating infections resistant to conventional anti-fungal agents.
And another impressive study showed that lavender oil reduced swelling and inflammation as much as dexamethasone and reduced pain as much as tramadol which is an analgesic. Lavender oil is not to be taken internally. Instead, it should be combined with carrier oil and applied topically.
Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a close relative to the yellowish-orange marigolds found in annual plantings. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Calendula is a popular ingredient in homeopathic creams and ointments used to treat cuts, contact dermatitis, diaper rash and sunburn.
Tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, can promote the healing of minor wounds while helping to prevent infection. Tea tree oil can reduce the severity of this common allergic reaction.
Collagen, a protein found in the body’s connective tissues, is essential for the flexibility and resilience of skin. Aging, air pollution, poor nutrition and smoking can all take a toll on collagen, leading to a loss of the ability of skin to “snap back” and triggering the onset of wrinkles and sagging. Studies suggest that oral supplementary collagen may be able to help. In restoring skin health and vitality.
Vitamin C, hibiscus extract and macqui berry extract caused a significant improvement in skin elasticity and firmness after four weeks. And, as you may know: the antioxidant vitamin C plays an important role in producing collagen. Good dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell peppers and strawberries.
Vitamin A helps to preserve collagen in the body. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is available in skincare creams and lotions. For best results, look for a formulation that contains vitamin C as well.
Of course, before trying the supplements listed above, be sure to check first with your integrative healthcare provider or skin care specialist. The skin is a vital organ and has to be cared for. Always keep your skin moisturized. Apply a moisturizer soon after washing your skin to help seal in moisture. For good skin health get enough sleep. Eat healthy for a glowing and skin and stay adequately hydrated.