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Skincare

Skincare is a very large topic, and whilst the skin, in its entirety, is the largest single organ in the body, the quality of our skin differs dramatically from one area of the body to another. On the face alone we have several different skin types, all demanding differing forms of nourishment. This is normal, but nevertheless, it presents us with quite the challenge when trying to develop a facial serum that can supply all the needs of each area of the face.

However, it is entirely feasible to develop a single oil blend that is so rich in nutrients that it can support all skin types. For example, the Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL No.2┬áis the ultimate skin food for all skin types, and unsurprisingly, it’s the biggest selling facial oil in our range.

However, FACIAL OIL No.2, whilst perfectly formulated for combination skin, is not necessarily the facial oil to go for when the user is also dealing with other skin conditions. Nevertheless, although we are not in a position to make any claims about the medical efficacy of our oils, we have received a lot of positive feedback from people telling us that they’ve helped to relieve and reduce the symptoms of eczema, acne, psoriasis, and rosacea, among other conditions.

We know that Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL No.2 can really support people with these and other skin conditions in a number of ways:

  • It’s a mild sun screen
  • It’s powerfully anti-inflammatory and stress-reducing
  • It possesses hormone balancing ingredients
  • It doesn’t have any artificial ingredients

However, we still wouldn’t openly advocate using this oil as a medical treatment for these skin conditions. Improvements in diet, (i.e. a proper balanced organic diet), reduction in long-term stress, removal of allergens, and the supplementation of vitamin D from October through April in the UK, as well as proper sleep are all vital strategies for combating these skin conditions, as are a number of topical applications and processes: exfoliating regularly, using a good toning cleanser, applying Aloe Vera, natural honey, and the following essential oils: Turmeric, Tea Tree and Cinnamon – or use them in natural spice form along with Holy Basil etc…

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External factors also play a critical role in our skin health…

Why We Need To Get Serious About Skincare

Did you know?

Chemicals are only safety tested in isolation and not in relation to other chemicals.

The chemical industry has already released over 80,000 different chemicals into our environment, and the term ‘chemical reaction’ has been coined for a reason!

These include quite a few Xenoestrogens, which are chemically synthesised oestrogens, that act as endocrine disruptors. This essentially means that artificial hormones, created by the chemical industry, which are found slushing around in our environment, are altering the normal functioning of our natural hormones. What it also means is that women today are under siege and we are getting sick at really alarming rates.

Wild As The Wind will be offering a number of talks on this subject in the new year, so please sign up to our blog if you are interested in attending one, or more, of these.

Xenoestrogens are used in most till receipts, and most plastics. They are applied to pretty much any fabric at home and in our external environments in the form of flame retardants used in furnishings, carpets, cars, buses, planes etc, foams, building materials, electronics, and there’s a whole slew of them being used in insecticides… just too many to mention!

But you can find a comprehensive list here.

Then there’s the synthetic hormones to be found in our skincare products:

  • 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) and Benzophenone are both found in sunscreens
  • Parabens: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben are commonly used as preservatives in most of the skin and hair care products available on the market today… and, of course, they’re in our sun lotions too.

Sunscreens are a big contributor to toxins in the body, and have been cited as a leading cause of skin cancer.

Xenoestrogens aren’t good for us. They are even in our overly processed, denatured convenience food. But, that’s not all. There’s something called Phytoeostrogens, which are oestrogens that occur naturally in certain foods, especially in things like soy, oats, barley and linseeds etc.

A diet high in phyotoestrogens can cause infertility, and debilitating conditions such as PCOS, (polycystic ovarian syndrome), in younger women, and can cause all kinds of craziness in men, (man-boobs etc), as well as increasing the risk of cancer in both these groups.

However, women who are experiencing menopause or peri-menopause can benefit from high quality phytoestrogens in their diet. A couple of tablespoons of linseeds soaked over night are ideal, for example, whereas unfermented soy products are to be avoided.)

Here’s an article on phytoestrogens that goes into a lot more detail.

Soooo… the upshot of all this is that it’s probably a good idea to invite younger women to use hormone balancing, adaptogenic essential oils, like Clary Sage, Lavender and Geranium, and base oils like Evening Primrose as soon as their menstrual cycles kick in.

Read this for more information.

The Natural Approach

Does the idea of using entirely natural oils on your face and decolletage strike you as a whole lot more appealing in light of what you have just read?

All of the Wild As The Wind facial oils are simply made using healing carrier oils and age-defying essential oils… and nothing else.

We also advise you to buy facial oils in smaller amounts, either 30ml or 50ml for individual use, and 100ml if two or three people will be using the facial oil in the household.

Oils that are not treated with preserving chemicals can become rancid over time. We do not recommend using any skincare oil if it is more than two years old, and we advise people to ideally use a facial oil blend within six months to a year.

Our skin is our largest organ, and anything applied topically will be absorbed, in varying degrees, into our bodies whether it is good for us or not. The skin is pretty good at defending us against a lot of the environmental toxins that we face on a daily basis, but it can’t fend off everything.

Here’s a very well written and very even-handed explanation about skin, toxins and what it all means.

Our view, at Wild As The Wind, is that we can’t control what’s in our environment, but we, sure as heck, can control what we put on our faces. And our first thought on the matter is that we are not interested in putting anything on our skin that we wouldn’t be entirely happy to put in our mouths.

This approach makes sense to us… and we hope it makes sense to you too.

So what are the ingredients in our wonderful FACIAL OIL No.2? And what do they do for us?

Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

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