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Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan

Why I Love Coconut Oil

I have recently rediscovered what is sometimes called the healthiest oil in the world: coconut oil. When I first learned about this superfood, I used it as much as I could and tried to incorpotate it into just about everything! I still am using it because of all the benefits I’ve gotten from the wonderful oil and I will continue to use it forever!

For many years, people have been using coconut for so many different things. Pacific islanders believe the coconut is the cure for all illenss and the palm tree from which they grow is known to them as the “Tree of Life”. In traditional medicine, coconut was used to help heal such things as; bruises, burns, earaches, fevers, lice, rash, sore throat, upset stomach just to name a few. As the years have gone by, modern medicine has discovered even more ways coconut oil can be helpful in everyday life. Researchers have even found that it can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi!

One of the many ways to benefit from the oil is to consume it! You can use it to cook with, as a subsitiute for butter, incorporate it into smoothies or eat it raw! Coconut oil is lower in calories than other fats and can promote loss of excess weight by increasing the metebolic rate! Another way it can help with weight loss is that it can reduce hunger because of the way the fatty acids are metabolized. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are immediatly transfered into the liver and turned into fuel. Consuming the coconut oil, you can also get stronger bones and teeth because of the calcium it contains. Coconut oil is also a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes and amino acids.

Another way to use coconut oil is to use in on you skin and in your hair, which is the way that I use it most often! I use it in my hair everyday morning and night; I use it when my hair is wet and when its dry without my hair getting too greasy. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that protect our skin from free radicals, which can slow down the aging process. Another way coconut oil benefits the skin is that it imporves the lipid mositure and acid mantle which helps protect the skin. If you are a person who likes to enjoy the sunshine in the summer, coconut oil is very useful to protect your hair and skin from up to 20% of UV rays! After being in the sun, it is also a good idea to apply it to avoid peeling if you do end up with a burn.

There are SO MANY other uses and benefits of coconut oil, I have just listed a few that I found most interesting. What I love most about the oil is that it is so versitile, eliminating the need for so many different products. Now that you know why I love coconut oil, I hope that you will try it and love it too!

You can find a quality cocunut oil right here at Back to Bliss.  We have Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-one” Coconut oil for $26.99! The jar is 30oz so it will last you an incredibly long time! You will notice that the product is in a solid form, but liquifies with just the warmth of your fingers! I hope I have given you enough of a reason to pick one up today so you can enjoy these health benefits as well.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe