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Beauty from Within: Natural Ingredients & Skin Health

March 5, 2012

There is increasing support evidence from modern science that natural herbal ingredients can help to obtain and maintain optimal Skin Health.

From an Ayurvedic point of view InnOrbit ingredients can help – remember this:

Vata Skin

  • dry, rough, cold, thin with fine pores and wrinkled. = CALM&RELAX infusion

Pitta Skin

  • delicate, fair and red toned with freckles, moles or acne and burns easily. = YOUNG&FUN infusion

Kapha Skin

  • oily, smooth, moist and thick with a tendency towards large pores. = UP&GO infusion

Balanced Skin

  • Normal balanced skin (neither too dry or too oily). Even pores average size and balanced skin tone = SLIM&FIT Infusion

Our Ayurvedic doctors have designed each blend to also match Skin type (or Dosha). Basesd on this you can match your infusion to your skin type.

But what about modern science?

Free radical scavengers

Free radicals caused by the sun and other agents can cause damage. The issue is doubly worse because free radicals initiate a chain reaction that is self propelling. Antioxidants help to stem this and stop the chain reaction.

Ursolic and oleanolic acids found in Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) have been determined to be effective free radical scavengers. Many other components in Natural Herbs can stop these chain reactions through their antioxidant behaviour.

Skin Aging

Pennywort (Centella asiatica) has been studied and may be able to slow or modulate skin aging by regulating stress induced aging by preventing the repression of DNA replication and mitosis-related gene expression. It has also been implicated in the acceleration of wound-healing which could help with skin improvement.

Results from studies on Emblica officinalis suggest that it effectively inhibits UVB-induced photo-aging in human skin because of its free radical scavenging ability. The potential ability of Embilica to reduce skin cancer was also proven in animal model systems.

Cinnamon: results suggested that cinnamon extract is useful in the treatment of anti-aging skin by increasing the levels of initiators of collagen biosynthesis.

Green tea: Dr Nick Perricone is a big fan of green tea “..antioxidant-rich beverages such as green tea also combat free radical damage and inflammation“. And other scientists back him up. The polyphenols of green tea have been shown to have potential use in skin photoprotection and prevention of photo-carcinogenesis in humans. Laboratory studies in animal models (Nicols, et al) also suggest that Green Tea polyphenols have the ability to protect the skin from the adverse effects of UV radiation, including the risk of skin cancers. It is suggested that polyphenols may favorably supplement sunscreens protection, and may be useful for skin diseases associated with solar UV radiation-induced inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage.

Dermatitis

Liquorice is a traditional cure for dermatitis and recent evidence supports that licochalcone (a liquorice component) has therapeutic potential to reduce skin inflammation.

Hair

Neem is also a traditional treatment for the hair to protect against bugs but could also be good for dandruff too!

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