As the largest organ on our body, our skin has an extraordinary role in protecting other major organs, our blood, muscles and nerves. They’re also a physical indication of how we feel and take care of our bodies, and because our skin is porous and made up of layers, anything we apply to our skin has the potential to penetrate the skin’s layers and be absorbed internally into your system. Fortunately, our body is an intelligent organism and can filter out chemsicals absorbed through bodily fluids. On the downside, with excessive and prolonged used of any skin products with harmful chemicals, a buildup, otherwise known as bioaccumulation can occur. Such effects are known to cause allergies, cancer-building agents and other detrimental effects to your health.
So how can you prevent bioaccumulation of toxicities in your body? A clear and easy way to start would be by eliminating products with harmful chemicals and replacing them products which contain natural or organic ingredients in its primary make up.
We’ve selected some of our favourite natural foods that can be incorporated into your diet or skin care regimen to aid in nurturing and improving your skin’s complexion and texture:
- Possesses healing properties to sooth the skin and help retain moisture in the skin
- Active components for skin: Vitamin A, C, E, B12, folic acid, choline
- Ideal for people with sensitive skin, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties
- Active components for skin: Matricin, Chamazulene, Bisabolol
- Rich in fatty acids to help moisturize and soften skin, while preventing wrinkles
- Active components for skin: Vitamin E, fatty acids
- Also rich in fatty acids which help revitalize the skin and maintain smoothness and elasticity
- Active components for skin: Vitamin E, saturated fats, fatty acids with antimicrobial properties
- Neutralizes free-radicals which are harmful to the skin, helps retain moisture and with collagen production
- Active components for skin: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, phytochemicals
- Flushes out toxins, helps repair sun damage, blemishes and improve the skin’s elasticity
- Active components for skin: polyphenols, catechins, Vitamin K
- Moisturizes, firms and tones the skin, while protecting the skin from environmental pollution and UV light
- Active components for skin: Vitamin E, polyphenols
Goji berry (also known as Wolfberry)
- Known as a superfood, it has anti-aging properties, which help firm the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and sun damage. In addition to protecting the skin from environmental stressors, it also helps replenish the skin and promote an even skin tone.
- Active components for skin: Vitamin C, Vitamin C, phytonutrients, bioflavonoids, amino acids
Grape seed oil
- Helps with repairing the skin from sun damage, while also nourishing and toning the skin for an even complexion
- Active components for skin: Vitamin E, Omega 6
Feel free to try adding these ingredients to your regular diet or perhaps incorporating them into your skin regimen by preparing homemade facial remedies and let us know what works for you. If you have used any other natural ingredients that you think should be added to the list, let me know if the comments below!
To supplement your skin care diet, you may also wish to learn more about our natural, vitamin-rich MonoDermà topical capsules, which have proven to aid in the repair and maintenance of healthy skin. If you have any questions on any of our MonoDermà lines, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or tweet us at @MonoDerma.