For A Soft Skin - Look For All Natural Plant Oils
Our faces tend to be softer and smoother than other parts of our bodies, except in the case of men that shave. Shaving contributes to roughness, redness and underlying inflammation that can hasten the aging process.
You don't have to grow a beard. But, you should consider using a good after shave lotion. Not one of those that contain mostly alcohol. That would actually contribute to redness and irritation. You want one that is soothing.
Women don't typically have a problem with facial roughness, until they start getting a little older. Hormonal changes and low levels hyaluronic acid with the skin's cells is largely to blame. Hormonal changes cause splotchy complexions and decreased elasticity of the collagen fibers.
Low levels of hyaluronic acid makes the skin's outer layers feel less smooth. Luckily, research has revealed natural ingredients that address many of those issues. We can't do much about hormonal changes, at least from the outside in, but we can still have soft skin.
The low levels of hyaluronic acid seen in aging-skin are caused by the activity of an enzyme called hyaluronidaise. Researchers have found that extracts from a kind of kelp called wakame will inhibit the activity of hyaluronidaise by over 50% after five days of use. This allows the skin's hyaluronic acid content to rise naturally to those of a much younger person. The results that you can feel are improved softness and smoothness.
Many companies have tried to address the issue of low hyaluronic acid levels by including it as an ingredient. That is less effective than the use of wakame.
Besides giving you soft skin, wakame supports the skin's natural moisture balance and provides many of the nutrients needed to improve or maintain the skin's health. Recent studies indicate that a compound found in the kelp can actually prevent sun damage, too.
So, wakame is a good ingredient to look for, but for elbows, heels and knees, you need more. To counteract the effects of shaving, men need more, too.
The best body lotions are designed to meet the unique needs of men and women. They contain natural plant oils, such as olive, jojoba and grape seed, which are soothing and contribute to soft skin, at the same time.
Clinical trials have shown that these ingredients help to fade stretch marks, old scars and wrinkles. They help heal pimples and prevent new ones from forming. Antioxidants, such as those found in active manuka honey contribute to the healing effect.
There is nothing that Mother Nature cannot do, if given a little help by today's scientists. Once the scientists have the plants, they can isolate the active components and extract them. Those of us that want soft skin, throughout our lives, should be grateful to Mother Nature and to science.