Is the epidermis Dead or Alive

Dry skin is one of the major sources of concern for most women at some point in life especially Women of Colour.

The epidermis (From the Greek epi, on top and derma, the skin) is the skin’s outer structure serving a protective function. What we see is the final result of keratinisation

Keratinocytes are the main cell type of the epidermis, performing a number of major functions including production of the structural protein keratin. They are formed at the basal layer just above the dermis and are metabolically active cells.

As they advance up through the dermis keratinocytes change into corneocytes which eventually end up at the outmost layer as flattened cells making up the epidermis. They are shed in the normal epidermal turnover. This process in the last stage of a 4 to 6-week journey

As our skin is continually being renewed excess layers of dead skin can build up causing the skin to look dull and ashy. This is where scrubbing comes into play. Exfoliation is a key component to bright clear skin as it helps to naturally eliminate the accumulation of thick layers of dry skin which sometimes has the appearance of blemishes.

The temptation is often to seek a skin lightening solution but that is where the trouble begins. Unless you are certain about the ingredients one must always exercise caution when dabbling in the world of skin lighteners or creams that claim to deliver an even skin tone.

Some of the chemicals and harmful ingredients that can result in skin damage include the long term use of steroid-based other toxic creams (i.e. hydroquinone, mercury, monobenzene,) can be worrying and stressful. Hyperpigmentation, dark marks, changes in structure and thin/fragile skin are often the result.

Our amazing skin is as resilient as any of our other organs and with patience, nurture, nutrition in the proper environment can respond to help reverse the damage and its original health can be restored.

Diet and lifestyle play a major role in helping your skin’s healing process from the bottom up so you need to eat as clean as you can.

You must include more raw fruits and vegetable juices to you diet. If you can please read / explore the healing benefits of an alkaline diet combined with raw fruit and vegetable juices / smoothies.

An alkaline diet will heal skin from the bottom up

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The second way to improve the skin’s condition is to apply healing oils that penetrate your skin on a daily basis, like cold pressed olive oil, cold pressed castor oil and extra virgin coconut oil.

Try combination of an oil serum daily combined with a nourishing cream. These will work well together because the serum is quickly absorbed whilst the cream has a longer lasting effect.

Try these DIY recipes

Castor Cleansing Oil
50ml Castor Oil
40ml Almond Oil
8ml Jojoba Oil
2ml/g Vitamin E Oil (undiluted)

Method for using Cleansing Oil Apply this blend to the skin and wipe the area with warm muslin cloth or face cloth to remove the oil. The cleansing oil will remove the dirt from your skin.

Anti-Wrinkle Cure Oil for dry skin Recipe

50ml Sweet Almond Oil
25ml Thistle Oil
10ml Apricot or Peach Kernel Oil 15ml/g
Vitamin E Oil (undiluted)
5 drops Rosemary Antioxidant (CO2 Extract)

Luminous Face Oil for dry, mature and sensitive skin Nourish your skin and give your face a luminous glow at the same time!

30ml Avocado Oil
30ml Rosehip Oil
25ml Evening Primrose Oil
10ml Castor Oil
4ml/g Vitamin E Oil (undiluted)

If you would rather buy facial oils, you can try

Salt Scrub scrub

Daily Cleansing Oil

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Reviving Face Oil

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