When autumn begins to shake it’s head and by all means wants to make a place on the nature’s grid of programs it’s better to heed it’s manifestations. Just like in the spring, we find ourselves facing a dainty season which seems to like nothing at all. It is warm but is cold, it is sunny but it is shade… but wait! Is it raining?! Well, when the weather is like this, our complexions become dainty too. They tend to become flaky, oily but most of the time, they are getting dry! As if this is not enough, we can see small, colored patches of skin grinning on us!
What is it to be done?
Well, at first we need to “listen” to our bodies and see what do they need. After a hot summer and a very warm but humid early fall, our complexion needs more than ever… food! I mean vitamins! As I said earlier, autumn is somehow like spring, which means that we can face fatigue in the autumn too which is reflecting on our faces.
With these thoughts in the back of my mind and knowing that nature is sometimes giving us the remedies, I have prepared an avocado mask which I recommend you to use it in the evening.
– Half avocado;
– 6 drops lemon juice;
– 1 teaspoon of honey.
After I have cleansed the skin with warm water, I mashed the avocado, added the lemon juice and the honey, mixed it well, then I applied it to the skin. After 30-40 minutes I rinsed it off with warm water too. Then I applied a nourishing cream made by a friend of mine but you can put on any nourishing cream that you have and you like. If you don’t have such a cream you can use a few drops of oil (sweet almond, grapes, avocado, olives or coconut anything you have or you like) it will be enough.
What does the mask do?!
The immediate effect is hydration. On a long term, if you use it twice a week at most, you’ll notice that the your skin tone will improve, the skin will be toned and over all it will be deeply nourished.
It can be used for all types of skin but if you do have acne, then you should take your dermatologist advice.
Why is it working?
Well, the avocado fruit has a lot of active principles that are very good for the skin. I mean in both cases: when eaten and when used as a cosmetic ingredient. Let’s see what’s inside an avocado:
– saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fats (this means thet these fats are good for your health and they get easily absorbed both in the intestine and on our skin);
– Vitamin A, betacaroten and lutein zeaxanthin;
– from the B Vitamin family: B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 (from now since the next summer vitamin B family is a must in our skin care routine);
– Vitamin C (with vitamin A it will fight the free radicals and will gauge your skin tone);
– Vitamin E;
– Vitamin K.
But this is not all. In the avocado fruit you can find minerals too!
– Calciun (Ca);
– Iron (Fe);
– Magnezium (Mg);
– Manganese (Mn);
– Phosphorus (P);
– Potassium (K);
– Sodium (Na);
– Zinc (Zn).
From all of these minerals I find most interesting Potassium, Sodium and Zinc. Cell communication would be impossible without the first two mentioned before. If we are to think about the cells as being people, Sodium and Potassium would be something good to eat or to drink to untie the tongimmune systemues and to give them the courage to talk to each other and to exchange information between them. And even more, these two minerals would help them to become more permeable to information from outside. In our case the cells are receiving some good stuff. For the innate immune system and for the adaptive immune system, zinc is a remedy that helps immune cells to act with reason. If the zinc supplies are short, they might attack our own cells or they might become unresponsive. So, knowing that in the skin lays the innate immune system, I find it very important to feed them from outside too.
And still HOW DOES it WORK?
Do you remember that I recommended washing your face with warm water both before and after the mask? What I haven’t told you is that the mask is cold! So cold that you could drop the “F” bomb on me. But when you’ll see the results, you might drop the same bomb on me but in a positive way ( I hope ).
When we’re playing with the temperature in this way, we are influencing the pressure in the upper layers of the skin. And this helps the ingredients to penetrate the skin.
For the sake of a good story, let’s imagine a train station. When we are washing our faces with warm water, our skin becomes the train station. And it comes to life! There are there tiny little cappilaries that now elongate and are flooded with fresh new blood. The train has arrived. The passengers are getting off, their families are here and greet them, the train station workers unload the goods and load the waste in special trains. A true bustle! This is why when you look in the mirror you’ll see your face becoming slightly pink. It’s ok! Life is happening there at a dizzy pace. Just like in the station.
When you put the avocado mask on, because it is cold, the capilaries are closing. Now the trains are quickly gone. Only that the gates of the station remain open (the pores and the spaces between cells). Because the station is empty, there is room left for the good stuff which are the proteins, vitamins and the minerals. But in order for them to arrive at the station they need a transporter. Or two. This role will be successfully played by the fats and the honey. This is precisely why we leave the mask on for 30 or 40 minutes. To give the transporters time to deliver the goods where they are needed. When we wash off the mask, because we are using warm water again, the temperature grows and the capilaries are once again opening and the cycle is resumed.
This is the secret mechanism behind any mask.
I hope you have found this information useful.
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