Does using various foods as natural skin care products really make your skin produce collagen and remove the signs of aging, or are you just left with egg on your face?
It is common and even a bit PC to hear people extolling the virtues of “natural” skin care products. Frequently people are heard to make comments about how much better natural products are for the skin, how much less expensive they are and even how much better they are for the environment.
The Avarice of Dermatologists
It can be pointed out that rarely do dermatologists say, “Go home and put a cucumber on it,” but that is always explained by the universal greed of doctors. Of course they don’t recommend natural products! How would they ever make any money if they did?
Granny’s Three-Pack Habit
The people who sing the praises of home-made skin care remedies often point to their mothers and grandmothers passing some natural remedy down. The claim is always made that the natural product kept the skin young. What they are really pointing to is a family history of good genetics. You never hear, “Granny smoked three packs a day and the olive oil removed her wrinkles” or “My mother had rosacea for years and that aloe vera got rid of it completely.”
A Theory with Egg on Its Face
Frequently a celebrity is said to use a natural product which must account for her beauty. It couldn’t be genetics; it must be the egg yolks or other food products she slathers on her face. She did have ugly skin before she starting putting food on her face, right? Nope. She’s still pretty in her college yearbook. There is very little solid scientific, clinical proof that putting food on your face helps more than temporarily.
Benefits of Natural Skin Care from Food & Plants
This is not to say that food and botanicals do not offer some benefits to the skin. Certain natural products can exfoliate, which helps the skin renew faster. The application of cold foods like cucumber slices to the eyes can reduce swelling for a while. Some foods do help the skin hold moisture for a time. These are certainly beneficial results, but they are not anti-aging, nor can they compete with new advances in skin care.
Staying Young the Kitchen Pantry Way
While the use of natural products is fun and sometimes tasty, where it falls short is in independent clinical trials that offer any scientific proof that the application of these natural products does more than a topical quick fix. There is no clinical evidence that applying olive oil, egg whites, tea bags, honey, cucumbers or other food does anything more than remove dead skin, hold in moisture for a while and perhaps offer some temporary anti-inflammatory benefits. However, that doesn’t stop natural ingredient enthusiasts from making all sorts of grandiose claims about the anti-aging effects of the common kitchen pantry!
Why Did Housewives Need Madge?
If all these claims were true, wouldn’t all the women from the 1960s back have looked forever youthful as they spent so much time in the kitchen with their arms elbow deep in eggs, olive oil, honey, fruits and vegetables, not to mention exfoliants like sugar and salt? Why would they have needed to soften their hands in Palmolive with Madge in the 60s? Wouldn’t all that natural food their hands were constantly in have been enough? Apparently it takes more than egg on your face (and hands) to produce collagen!
The Skin’s Barrier Keeps Food OUT
The skin has a natural barrier to keep things like honey, oil, food, leaves, plants, bugs, mud, pond scum and other natural products OUT! Only certain molecules that are miniscule enough can make it through the skin’s protective barrier. Most natural products just sit on the skin’s surface. Certain plants and foods may make the skin feel smoother while they remain on the surface or shortly after they are removed, but they are not producing any anti-aging results other than possibly exfoliating. In fact, some of these natural remedies and herbal treatments can cause damage to the skin, health problems or prevent people from going to the doctor.
Read more at Do Skin Care Home Remedies Work? Why Natural Skin Care Remedies Can Be Deadly
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