Natural Cosmetics: Feed Your Soul

Thursday, 09. August 2018

Natural Cosmetics: Feed Your Soul

Beauty comes from within

“Beauty comes from within” is not only an old saying, but a fact that scientists have increasingly confirmed: a lean and healthy lifestyle is complimented by the food that we consume. Dietary supplements from nutricosmetics provide the hair with vitality, strengthen the nails and improve the skin's firmness.

A honey and milk infused bath was one of the beauty secrets that Cleopatra was known to swear by. Today, we place cucumber slices on our faces to attain a firmer complexion, distribute avocado along the lengths of our hair for more strength and use olive oil as an all-rounder for anti-aging care. The word “Nutricosmetics” is a combination of the words "nutrition” and "cosmetics”. It invokes consuming these natural miracle nutrients internally as well as applying them externally. Lotions, creams and the like are known to show their effectiveness on the surface of the skin. However, in order to give the hair vitality, the nails strength and the skin firmness, it is imperative to supply the body with macro and micronutrients from the inside out, which in turn contributes to cell regeneration. For this reason, targeted dietary supplements supply the skin with sufficient antioxidants, vitamins and bioactive substances to ensure good effects from the inside out.
 

A balanced and wholesome diet and a sufficient intake of liquids improves the complexion, smoothes the skin, strengthens the nails and provides the hair with a healthy sheen. This is not a newly discovered theory. Chemical substances that offer protection from the sun, minimize wrinkles and alleviate dry skin can be found in carrots, tomatoes, cacao, fish and green tea. However, one look at our daily food intake soon shows that instead of consuming fresh fruits, vegetables and liters of water or herbal teas, the average person often consumes meats, sausages, cheeses and sodas. These are foods that are rich in digestive substances and phosphorous compounds. When the body metabolises these substances, acids develop that are too complex to be processed by the human organism. Additionally, the sugars, fats and preservatives that are commonly found in industrialized food cause strain on the body. Consuming too much food too quickly or in a jumbled fashion also strains the body immensely.
 

Unbalanced nutrition, diets, stress, alcohol & nicotine consumption as well as exposure to UV rays cause our intestinal health to fall out of balance. The body is therefore unable to digest food as it usually would, resulting in its inability to salvage vitamins, mineral substances or trace elements from our nutrition. This creates waste products that are removed by the body without any meaningful use.

The Skin: An Early-Warning System

Blemished skin, cellulite and wrinkles  - the skin is the largest bodily organ and one of the four essential organs responsible for the detoxification processes in the human body. Therefore the skin can be considered a reliable early-warning system when it comes to monitoring a healthy cellular metabolism. Unbalanced nutrition, excessive exposure to the sun and contamination of the body through smoking causes “oxidative stress”. This results in an increase of free radicals within the body that stunts cellular functions. Dull and blemished skin, brittle nails and thinning hair are indications of damaged, deformed cells and tissue structures. To attain healthy and vital skin, it is crucial to supply the body with sufficient fluids as well as an adequate amount of antioxidants. It has been scientifically proven that neutralizing free radicals supports cell regeneration for a visibly firmer complexion. According to a study conducted at the Charité Berlin, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables counteracts skin aging.

Micronutrients & Nutricosmetics:

Even though nature provides a multitude of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in the antioxidants required for healthy cells and a youthful appearance, incorporating a fresh and balanced diet into our everyday lifestyles has proven problematic. This is where Nutricosmetics comes into play. These supplements help to efficiently bring the nutrient balance into equilibrium to maintain a beautiful complexion. This process ensures that substances from nature, including antioxidants (for example: vitamin C, zinc, etc.) reach the skin through the gastrointestinal tract and the blood stream.

The most important nutrients for the hair, skin and nails are:

Biotin, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin D

Biotin (also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) could be loosely described as “beauty vitamins”. The former is considered a co-factor in energy metabolism and is necessary for the preservation of normal skin and hair. It is involved in keratin synthesis and provides for firm skin, strong hair and healthy fingernails. Biotin contributes to the normal function of both the nerves and psyche, and is often found in spinach. Pantothenic acid is also important for the development of vitamin D. Vitamin D is famous for its role as the “sun vitamin” and has an important function in the division of cells that produce keratin (a fibrous protein), and thus contributes to providing both the hair and the skin with elasticity.
 

Vitamins E & C

Like many vitamins, vitamin E is an antioxidant that contributes to protecting the cells from oxidative stress. It is also important for the preservation of the cell membranes, and thus the health of all of our cells. Vitamin C is a co-factor for developing collagen (a component of connective tissue). In addition, it contributes to the regeneration of spent vitamin E. Both vitamins E and C are considered good protectors from oxidative stress caused by UV rays.
 

Vitamin A und Beta Carotene

Vitamin A is is responsible for the preservation of healthy skin and mucous membranes. Derivatives of this vitamin have been used in the cosmetic industry for a long time because they influence collagen reduction. Vitamin A is naturally formed from the carotenoid Beta Carotene that famously is found in carrots. The fact that vitamin A contributes to a light tan color on the skin is nothing new. It also contributes to the preservation of normal skin and a has a function in cell specialization.
 

Zinc

The trace element zinc is found mostly in our bones, skin and hair. It contributes not only to preserving normal fingernails, skin and hair, it also protects the cells from oxidative stress. In our food it is mostly found in fish and seafood. Oysters contain about 86 mg of zinc per 100g, which is the highest level of zinc found in any food. Who eats oysters everyday though?  
 

Bamboo Extract

Bamboo contains the trace element silicon that provides plants with their elegant firmness.
 

Hyaluronic Acid and CoQ10

When used as an internal cosmetic ingredient, hyaluronic acid has special properties. It can retain up to 100 times more than the natural water content of the skin, creating a natural “filler”.  This filler contributes to the tension of the skin, smooths out small wrinkles and keeps the skin moist and firm. Babies have very smooth and elastic skin because their bodies contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acids. After your mid-30s, your natural hyaluronic acid levels begin to sink, which means that the skin begins to loose its tension. This results in the first of your little wrinkles. Once you are 40 years old, your body’s natural hyaluronic acid levels drop to only 40%. At 60 years old this number sinks even lower to 10 %.
 

Selenium

The trace element selenium supports the preservation of normal hair and nails.
 

Green Tea Extract

Substances called flavonoids are not only found in cocoa and red wine, but are also found in green tea. Green tea also contains catechins like epicatechin.

A Base Cure for Tired Skin

Thanks to nutrient rich cosmetics, tired skin can be brought back to shine. One should supplement base and mineral rich food as an additional measure to support the skin. A high-quality base powder can easily be used as a way to supplement these important minerals. Completing a base cure treatment two or three times a year provides the body with minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as the trace element  Zinc. Making sure to keep a nutrient-rich diet during this period will ensure that you’ll look forward to the mirror again!

Nutricosmetics seem to prove what we have always known: true and lasting beauty comes from within!