I my previous post "Is a perfect skin attainable?" I focused on cleansing on the skin. I spoke about how I use African black soap to remove dirt, make up, sebum before bed and how I used it in the morning to thoroughly cleanse my skin of what it’s expelled whilst I’ve been sleeping. This week I’ll be talking about a supplement that I’ve been taking after I heard from quite a few different people that it can make a huge difference to your skin, hair and nails.
The supplement in question is flaxseed oil which I’ve been using for over a month now in fact I just bought my second tub today.
So what exactly is flaxseed oil?
Flax Seed Oil is a blue flowering plant with oil rich seeds. This natural oil (also known as Linseed Oil) is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature's richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.
What made me want to try it?
A few people who know their vitamins and supplements said it’s fantastic to help clear up skin and strengthen nails so I thought I might as well give it go.
How often do you take it?
You take it twice a day, once with breakfast and once with your evening meal. The capsules are odourless unlike cod liver capsules etc and are very easy to take.
What are the proposed benefits?
Is it thought to lead to stronger nails
It’s been shown to help with stress
Can help maintain healthy joints
Supposed to help with the aging process (I know an 84 year old that takes it who looks AMAZING)
Thought the thoroughly nourish the skin inside and out
Acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema are all thought to be improved by regularly taking flaxseed oil
Does it work?
I can definitely say that I’ve seen an improvement in my skin; my face seems lot less congested and generally looks brighter in appearance. However, what has really amazed and impressed me about this supplement is the strength of my nails. I’ve ALWAYS had trouble with weak brittle nails and I now have talons stronger and longer than I’ve ever had before.
Will I carry on taking it?
Without a doubt, I honestly feel so much better for taking it. I feel it’s really complimented my new cleansing routine with black soap. Compared to the condition of my skin before I was taking it my skin now feels, and looks, a whole lot better.
This is a question I’ve often wondered but with the constant stream of skincare fads and fashions it can be a little daunting as to where to even start. Most of the products on the market today are filled with bogus claims and are heaving with heavy and toxic chemicals. Even those claiming to be natural and organic can still contain bucket loads of nasties.
Remarkably, 60-70% of the products we directly apply to our skin each day will be absorbed into our tissues and bloodstream. Therefore it only makes sense to apply nourishing and wholesome ingredients to bring out your skin’s potential.
This is why I have decided to log my skincare diary over the next 6 months to see if I can actually make an improvement to my skin by cutting out as many chemicals and toxins as possible. I will be blogging about what works, what doesn’t and whether or not going ‘natural’ makes perfect skin somewhat more attainable.
If you read my blog you will be aware that I love to make my own DIY skincare recipes and that I have been reading a lot of literature about how the beauty industry is a rather unregulated sector of the consumer market. This has urged me to try to eliminate as many chemicals as possible so I started by sifting through all my products and laying them out on the bed to see just how much stuff I actually use in a day. If interested in this article you can find it here. It showed me just how many unnecessary products I’ve been sucked into over the years and I there and then made a promise to myself I would cut down thereby benefitting not only my skin and health, but also my wallet!
I should say, however, that personally, I don’t believe perfect skin actually exists. We are constantly bombarded with pictures of beautiful, perfect looking women who have been airbrushed to excess which makes the normal individual feel as if they’re not so perfect skin is inadequate. That said though, I do believe that you can improve the texture, smoothness, appearance and health of your skin dependant on what you treat it with.
In this first post I will be talking about how I’ve started to cleanse my skin. About 3 months ago I read about a cleansing bar called ghanaian black soap. The soap proposes to assist with many common skincare complaints such as oily skin, acne, skin redness and dry skin. It’s even been known to help alleviate psoriasis and eczema. Perfect I thought! BUT, what are the ingredients? Well the soap I bought has only three ingredients: cocoa pod ashes, extra virgin coconut oil and shea butter. Three 100% naturally derived ingredients and nothing else.
When my soap arrived I couldn’t wait to use it. It had a distinct earthy smell and was quite soft compared to normal bars of soap. When I used it in the shower it lathered up beautifully and I could really feel the suds cleaning deep into my skin. I rinsed my skin off and can honestly say I’ve NEVER had more squeaky clean skin.
I’ve been using the soap for about a month now and have definitely noticed my combination skin isn’t nearly as blemished as it previously was with the texture feeling a LOT smoother. I use it once in the morning to remove what my skin has expelled whilst sleeping and once at night to remove make up, dirt, oil and sebum. It’s important to keep this soap in a soap dish with a lid because if it gets too wet it can become soggy and you won’t get as much wear out of it.
I am going to continue using this soap for the foreseeable future as I really feel it’s making a difference.