Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Natural Gold



Ok. Yes, gold is natural. Maybe this is a bad title.

The natural gold I am talking about is Vitamin E Oil. I may be slow on this beauty secret but slow is better than ignorant right?

A number of years back I worked alongside a lovely woman who not only lived (and still lives) a beautiful life among those less fortunate at a non-profit but also a woman of the most flawless skin I have ever seen. This is all not to mention she was a number of years my senior. For the longest time I wondered what her secret was...it was later I found out. VITAMIN E OIL!!!

I am sharing her secret today. I did some brief research and was sold. Vitamin E oil is where its at. Ever get annoyed with split ends or dry hair? Vitamin E oil. Ever had a burn mark you wanted to rub away? Vitamin E oil. Ever experienced dry skin or acne scars on your face? Vitamin E oil.

Of course Vitamin E supplements are great for your insides as well. Today, I am just going to talk about our outsides. The oil is a type of antioxidant which helps keep free radicals from wreaking havoc on our skin.

What is a free Radical? (Find more information here. Thank you Carolyn's Facial Fitness! )
       All cells produce free radicals. A free radical is any atom or molecule  that is missing an electron in its outer shell. This free radical will attack and destroy other necessarily healthy atoms to get the electron it's missing.  These free radicals can accumulate and cause oxidative damage. This oxidative damage causes biological organisms to age. In other words, free radicals turn the oils of our skin rancid which in turn damages the collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein in fibers that serve as the building blocks of our skin.  
So applying Vitamin E oil to your skin, hair and face on a regular basis helps protect us from the free radicals and can also aid in UV protection which also can help prevent types of skin cancer (UV rays are also damaging to your hair and hair follicles) . The oil can restore and help retain moisture in your skin and hair. I have always heard of putting the oil on burns or stretch marks but not just on my face to help rid my skin of acne scars or to retain moisture. I also read that continual use can help reduce the appearance of birth marks! This would have been really helpful at about the age of 12 when I wanted to avoid questions of the red leg I have. Now that birthmark is a part of me and I could care less. It is kind of fun to startle massage therapists every once in a while now. (wink wink) Birthmark is never the first assumption when they come across that red skin of mine.

If you start using Vitamin E oil today do not expect to see immediate results. It may take some months before you notice any change but know it is working. When you decide to pick some up you should be able to find it easily in the pharmacy department of any local store.

I learned a lot of this helpful information here (photo credit also to this site).  

-Alison

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