Saturday, March 30, 2013

Why Fruit and Botanical

Why Fruit and Botanical Extracts???

Different cultures have been using fruits and plants for skin care and for treatment of skin ailments for hundreds,  even thousands, of years. It is only now that the skincare and beauty industry is embracing this practice by using botanical and fruit extracts as ingredients in different products. Fruits contain antioxidants that help our body prevent and fight free radicals which are organic molecules that are found to be responsible for premature aging, tissue damage and a lot diseases. Fruits are as good eaten as they are applied to the skin. Certain botanicals can help treat acne, psoriasis, eczema and other chronic skin conditions and also help slow the skin’s aging process. These claims are not just marketing hypes as they are backed up by modern research.    

Tropical fruits like Pineapple, Papaya, Mango, Banana and Coconut are abundant, of course, in tropical countries. The residents of these tropical places have beautiful, young-looking skin and hair partly because of the application of these fruits on their skin and hair. So everyone else can benefit from the properties of certain fruits and botanicals, the beauty industry can now take advantage of the availability of fruit and botanical extracts which have the same powerful anti-aging, healing, nourishing, strengthening and rejuvenating properties. They are naturally derived and concentrated ingredients that are proven to benefit our skin. The addition of these extracts to skincare products also gives them a naturally divine scent and a natural color.   
The human skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system. Although it has low permeability, that is, most foreign substances are unable to penetrate and diffuse through the skin, there are still particles or substances that can penetrate the skin and cause either damage or protection/nourishment. An example is exposure to ultraviolet rays which leads to skin wrinkling and, potentially, skin cancer or melanoma. What penetrates our skin is dependent on a lot of factors including age; hormonal factors; skin’s health, temperature, and hydration; the substance or particle itself; and the site of exposure. Although the skin is designed to guard the body against harmful chemicals, scientists now admit that it may actually absorb what is applied to it and although it isn’t known exactly how much of these substances or particles is absorbed by the skin, we should really be careful about what we apply to it. So are you convinced yet of what fruit and botanical extracts can do for our skin? Try them and see for yourself! After all, it’s all about your skin and your overall health.

Our skin needs nutrition that can come from fruits and botanicals. It includes: 

Vitamin A - also known as retinoids, benefits the skin by down regulating sebum which contributes to acne, and reversing and treating ultraviolet damage, stretch marks, and cellulite

Vitamin D - down regulates the skin’s immune system and reproduction of new cells and tissues (increases skin cell’s metabolism)

Vitamin C - an antioxidant that regulates collagen synthesis, forms barrier lipids, regenerates  Vitamin E, and provides protection from ultraviolet rays

Vitamin E - an antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage and against ultraviolet rays; also a natural preservative that allows for longer product shelf life

Beta-carotene - a precursor of Vitamin A, an antioxidant that protects from and increases resistance to environmental free radicals
Vitamins are not the only nutrients that a lot of fruits contain. Fruits like Papaya, Strawberry, Pineapple, Grape, Apple and Lemon contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs, a type of acid naturally occurring in certain foods. AHAs naturally exfoliate, rejuvenate and repair the skin by loosening and removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. They help reduce the appearance of skin wrinkling, even skin tone, and soften and smooth the skin. They also contain lactic acid and glycolic acid which function as a humectant or skin conditioning agent, mild exfoliants and pH adjusters and are thus mild and non-irritating.