The face is a reflection of the soul, and of the health of the rest of the body.
By Kerubo Lornah
Are you struggling with the health of your face? The problem is not your face but the inner part of your body. In this article you are going to learn secrets that will enable you achieve the health of your face from inside out.
A famous author, Dr. George Pamplona –roger wrote that beauty comes from within. For a beautiful face, it is just as or even more effective to take care of the inner health than apply creams onto it.
Pamplona, in his book Healthy Body advises that the skin on the face requires more care than the skin on any other part of the body, because most of the time it is uncovered.
Facial skin types
1. Normal – blushed color, looking like the skin of a healthy child.
2. Dry – taut skin lacking elasticity. Sebaceous glands produce little sebum, which predisposes to wrinkles. Dry skin could be due to nutrition deficiencies or a smoking habit.
3. Oily – shiny, sticky skin. Sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, which predisposes it to acne and pimples or blackheads. Oily skin is associated with hereditary factors, hormonal imbalance (such as occurs in adolescence), obesity, or a diet high in meat, fat, shellfish, or milk products.
4. Combination – slightly oily on the forehead, nose, chin, and somewhat dry everywhere.
Caring for the face
Dr. Pamplona suggests the following three major secrets for a health facial skin.
Cleansing – cleansing of the facial skin is the first step before applying any cream or treatment. The face is usually left uncovered and in contact with the environment all day long, which means it can build up foreign substances that should be eliminated with good cleansing.
In addition, cleansing the face should eliminate the skin’s own secretions, such as sweat and sebaceous secretions, as well as any traces of make-up.
You can cleanse your face with a cleansing milk or special soap that fits your face type.
Hydration – with exposure to sun and air, skin cells on the face quickly lose their water content. With age, the skin starts loosing water and dries out.
The use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, and a diet low in natural products, promotes water loss in skill cells.
It is advisable for one to use hydrating creams, such as one made with cucumber juice or placing slices of cucumber directly onto the skin. Cucumber hydrates the skin and reduces wrinkles better than most creams.
Nutrition – applying creams with vegetable extracts rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, nourishes and strengthens skin cells.
It is recommended to use a nourishing cream for dry skin (put 4 tablespoons of almond oil, 2 tablespoons of rose water and one table spoon of beeswax).
Achieving a beautiful face
1. Take care of facial skin – cleanliness, hydration and nutrition of the face are essential to keeping it in good condition.
2. Avoid excessive sun- excessive exposure to sunlight promotes wrinkles on the face and it is also increases the risk of getting skin cancer. The most common location of this type of cancer is the facial skin in particular.
3. Do not smoke – the nicotine in tobacco has a vasoconstrictor effect (tightens the arteries), which reduces blood flow to the skin as well as to other parts of the body. The lack of blood flow wrinkles and dries the skin.
4. Remove make-up before bedtime – make- up clogs the skin’s pores and hinders the airing out that they require.
5. Watch digestion – indigestion and excess stomach acid quickly show up in facial expressions.
6. Think positively – facial muscles contract involuntarily with negative thoughts, anguish, or stress. This continuous muscle contraction reduces blood flow to the skin and ages it.
Natural remedies to minimize marks and imperfections on the face
1. Rose Hip Oil- the oil from the seeds of this plant, which belongs to the same genus as dog rose (Rosa Canina), is very effective in redistributing skin pigmentation. It is applied with the fingertips over the mark, two or three times daily. It is also used to reduce the appearance of scars.
2. Tea Tree Oil – this oil cleanses, reduces inflammation and regenerates the skin. It is applied over the affected area with the fingertips, two or three times daily.
3. Carrot Mask – shred a medium- sized carrot and apply it to the marks on the face like a mask for half an hour. Wash with water when finished.
4. Lemon Juice Lotion – apply a few drops of pure lemon juice over the marks, several times per day.
5. Cucumber Lotion – liquefy a cucumber and apply the juice over the marks, several times per day.
6. Crushed Parsley Compresses, applied with a pad over the marks for 15-30 minutes per day.
7. Gayuba Infusion Compresses – this plant decreases the synthesis of melanin. Its infusion is applied as a compress over the marks for half an hour per day.
Acne treatment should be complemented with diet and skin care.
Watch the diet – your diet influences the appearance of your face.
• More vitamins A: needed for good function of the sebaceous glands in the skin. Orange colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, mangoes, and apricots, provide beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin Ain the body as it is needed.
• More Zinc – needed for hormonal balance and for the immune system. Good diet sources are brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, walnuts, and squash and sunflowers seeds. It can also be taken as supplements, 30- 50 mg per day.
• Fewer fats- although there is no scientific proof to confirm it, there are fact-based suspicions that luncheon meats and pork in general, chocolate, butter and other high-fat animal products promote acne.
• Less cow’s milk – a study by Harvard University shows that adolescents who consume more cow’s milk, even if it is nonfat, are at higher risk of suffering acne. The cause maybe the metabolic effect of the milk proteins and the hormone residues that it tends to contain, which are present in whole milk as well as nonfat.
• Less sugar and sweets- a diet high in sugar and other high glycemic index products, such as white or refined flours, promote acne. On the other hand, regular consumption of whole grains and foods with a low glycemic load protect against acne, according to a study by (RMIT) Melbourne University (Australia).
Take care of the skin – keeping the simple hygiene guidelines in mind can prevent acne from being triggered in predisposed skin.
• Do not touch pimples – squeezing pimples can increase inflammation and spread infection.
• Careful with make-up – greasy make up made with oil or lanolin clog pores where the sebaceous glands come to the surface. This obstruction promotes the oil buildup in the glands, leading to acne’s pimples.
• Use oil-free cosmetics – use as few skin products, cleansing creams, sun lotions, and other cosmetics as possible.
• Wash the face – gentle face cleansing (without rubbing the skin) two or three times per day with a mild soap, rinsing well with warm or cold water to completely rid it of soap.
Reasons you must see a doctor
• Non- healing wound on the facial skin
• Reddish blotches on the face
• Lump or hardening of nay part of the face
Disclaimer: the above information is for education purpose and is not intended to replace medical functions of a health professional in anyway, either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. The writer of the article will not take responsibility arising from the inappropriate use of the foods stated therein.