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Your Skin is Your Largest Organ – Keep it Healthy

In the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, villain Auric Goldfinger murders his secretary by painting her gold from head to toe. While the ‘skin asphyxiation’ that kills Goldfinger’s secretary isn’t really a possibility, during filming a doctor was on set in case actress Shirley Eaton overheated as a result of the head-to-toe paint. As part of the film’s publicity campaign, rumors were even spread that Eaton died during filming. With skin being as important as it is, people believed the rumors.

The structure of human skin cells

 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Aside from keeping all of your gooey bits inside where they belong, your skin performs three vital functions; protection, regulation, and sensation.

Our skin protects our bodies from germs, helps regulate and maintain body temperature, and allows for the sensation of touch (pressure, heat, and cold). Skin is important, and you need to keep yours healthy. One of the best ways to keep skin healthy and moisturized is to regularly apply a high-quality, natural, cold –pressed fruit or vegetable oil to your skin.

There are dozens of fruit, nut, and vegetable oils that can be used for skin care, but here are a few great natural oils, which we have found work well for massage, among their other uses;

 
Avocado Oil
Botanical Name: Persea Americana, Persea Gratissima
Contains: Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, E, Ameno Acids, Panothenic Acid, Sterols
Fatty Acids:  Lecithin,Alpha Linoleic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic, Palmitic, Palmitoleic
Uses: Food, Skincare, Hair Care
Properties: Moisturizing, very penetrating, improves skin elasticity, increases collagen synthesis, may also help treat eczema, psoriasis, age spots, scars and sun damage.
 
 
Coconut Oil
Botanical Name: Cocos Nucifera
Contains: Vitamin E, Squalene, Sterol, Tocopherols
Fatty Acids: Caprylic, Capric, Lauric, Linoleic, Myristic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic
Properties: moisturizing, conditioning, protects skin without clogging pores, non-greasy, doesn’t stain, Note: make sure you use cold or expeller pressed organic unrefined coconut oil to avoid the nutrient loss of processing.
 
Grapeseed Oil
Botanical Name: Vitis Vinifera
Contains: Vitamin E, Tocopherols, Omega 6, Omega 9
Fatty Acids: Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic
Properties: Penetrating, slightly astringent, anti-aging properties, does not aggravate acne, not greasy, antioxidant properties increased in blood, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
Applying oil to the skin has three main purposes; moisturizing, adding nutrients, and improving skin barrier function. The result of these effects is younger-looking, tighter and healthier-feeling skin. Using a high-quality natural oil product will ensure the maximal benefit with no negative side effects.
 

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