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We live in a world  where we are bombarded with images of teenagers who gaze out of glossy magazine covers - depicting a beauty ideal which is seductive but which is ultimately unachievable.  The ageing process is inevitable; unless of course you are willing to submit to the surgeon's knife to be sliced and diced and even then results are not guaranteed..

That said, there is no reason why we cannot achieve radiant skin and vitality, a far healthier and realistic goal.

So lets talk skin in detail.  Our skin, is the largest organ in our bodies, and it literally holds everything in while protecting our insides from bacterial and other chemical pollutants.  It regulates temperature through perspiration, eliminating toxins though our pores, and stops us drying out, secreting sebum from glands just below the skin.  It is never still, sloughing off dead skin cells and replacing those with fresh new cells that are produced in the dermis, and which slowly travel up to the epidermis, the outer level of skin,  over a period of a month or so.  (And that is why it can take a month to see the benefit of a new eating or skincare regime).

So what can influence the way our skin ages?  Partly this depends on your parents and is hereditary and other influences are down to our life choices - our diet, lifestyle, whether we smoke etc.  The good news is that there are some magical ingredients found in the botanical oils that we use in our formulations that can help with youthful skin - vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids (EFAs).

There are several beneficial vitamins you will find in our products one significant one being Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and is able to protect against free radicals, which we know contributes to the ageing process,  and has a positive effect on fine lines and helps reduce the signs of age (or 'liver') spots. (Find it in our facial essence, eye serum, radiance cream, cleansing butter).

EFAs offer multiple benefits including maintaining the skin membranes and collagen fibres; without these skin can dry out and become very lack lustre.  You can find EFAs in many of the botanical oils we use; our organic avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, hazelnut etc.

Other active ingredients or 'actives' also  have super skin benefits -pink clay rich in enzymes and minerals (find it in our Apricot Geranium Cleansing Bar), beeswax with its anti bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (find it in our organic cleansing butter, radiance cream and lip butter), and super rejuvenating sea buckhorn found in our organic Radiance Facial Essence.

This just a taster of some of the magic ingredients we use that can contribute to younger skin.  

December 10, 2013 by Olga Rumble

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