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Factors That Affect Skin and Hair

Organic Hair and Skin BeautyThe skin shows signs of age faster than any other organ, so good health and a great appearance go hand-in-hand. A good skin care system is essential for healthy looking skin, however, no skin care system is effective when the body is subjected to excess amounts of petrochemicals, pollution, smoking, alcohol, stress, emotions, sun as well as poor nutrition and insufficient exercise.

Proper nutrition and diet is the first and most essential ingredient for overall health and beauty. Healthy food and drink is necessary for beautiful skin. A good diet should include fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plenty of pure water. A good diet is reflected in your face and in your hair. A good diet enables the body to heal, regenerate and repair itself properly over a lifetime.

News For Your Skin

Synthetics and Petrochemicals

  • Think of products used on your body as “external foods.”
  • We should nourish our skin in the same manner we nourish our bodies … with products derived from nature.
  • 90% of the raw materials used to produce cosmetic, household and consumer products are chemically processed and contain synthetic and petroleum derivatives.
  • Natural products help build the resistance of the skin and naturally stimulate the skin’s own repair mechanism.
  • Aveda and a few other natural lines contain naturally derived ingredients from pure distilled plant essences and herbal extracts.

Environmental Pollution

  • Processing synthetics and petrochemicals creates pollution in our water, soil and air.
  • Pollutants can form acids that attack the skin.
  • Pollution contributes to dehydration of the skin, poor color and clogging of the pores.
  • Naturally derived products reduce the amount of toxins poured into our environment.
  • Purchase non-petrochemical products that improve the environment and in turn your overall health.


  • Nicotine reduces the surface blood flow, inhibiting your skin’s ability to receive nourishment.
  • Upper layers of the skin may not be receiving enough oxygen, which makes the skin color is sallow or pale.
  • A smoker’s skin will often be dehydrated and yellow around the mouth.
  • Long-term effects of smoking include loss of skin’s elasticity, which may create wrinkles.
  • In some cases, excessive nicotine in the system can give skin a yellowish cast.


  • Excessive alcohol consumption can impair functioning of liver, kidneys and the digestive system.
  • These systems function to feed the skin and eliminate waste from cell metabolism.
  • Alcohol causes blood vessels to over-dilate and weakens capillary walls.
  • Skin affected by alcohol may be dehydrated, sensitive, red and blotchy.
  • Alcohol draws water out of tissue leaving skin dull and dehydrated.


  • Innumerable clinical studies support the fact that stress affects your health and appearance negatively.
  • When under stress, nerves produce a protein that triggers the immune system’s white blood cells to clog the walls of the blood vessels. This causes redness and inflammation on the skin’s surface.
  • Stress may be a factor contributing to such conditions as psoriasis, hives, eczema, rosacea and acne.


  • A person who takes a lot of medication also generally has very old looking skin.
  • Never, ever allow your skin to get dry and stay dry. This applies to skin on the entire body, all skin requires moisture to stay wrinkle-free.
  • Sesame oil processed for the skin is the best and most affordable to apply. Maharishii Ayurveda, a product line available world-wide, has the very best sesame oil for the body.
  • I highly recommend sesame oil as a daily treatment before bathing. Try it and just watch those wrinkles and dry patches disappear on your arms and legs.
  Elaine Dodson Beauty & Wellness