Why become an aroma-cosmetics enthusiast?
Our skin is an organ in its own right. As the first line of defense, it has to deal with many hazards (linked to the environment, hygiene, diet, emotions) that may lead to skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis. While the plethora of beauty products becomes overwhelming, let's come back to more simplicity, with the help of lovely plants, such as calendula, aloe, lavender or chamomile, which are known to take care of our skin in depth.
What is the skin?
The skin, a living organ, is not hidden like the others. It blushes, turns pale, sweats: it betrays our state of health, but also our moods. In other words, it is not just a corporeal envelope!
To fully understand it and treat it as it deserves, we should know that it is made up of superimposed layers, like a millefeuille cake. It is covered, on the surface, with a hydrolipidic film, born from sweat and sebum, with a slightly acidic pH and specific bacterial flora. It is therefore this complicated and fragile whole that we will have to defend, protect and heal.
What are the functions of the skin?
The skin eliminates toxins through sweat and sebaceous glands. By toxins we mean the natural wastes of our metabolism, which are also flushed out by the kidneys, intestines and lungs. Sweat and sebum contain urea as well as residues of ingested medicinal substances and other toxic products (tobacco), which sometimes give it a characteristic unpleasant odor. These secretions are closely dependent on the neurovegetative and hormonal system (for the sebaceous glands). Acne reflects an imbalance at this level.
The skin can therefore be considered as an emergency exit to relieve the purifying function of the liver when the latter is overloaded, following intoxication or indigestion for example.
My tip: Hot aromatic baths are therefore particularly recommended to create an artificial fever and quickly eliminate poisons from the body.
The work of our skin must be facilitated to allow it to renew itself, to breathe, to eliminate. These are the only, but essential, conditions to obtain a lovely complexion "... Understood, but how?
"The skin is the good Samaritan", Dr. Veyssi Pascal
How do we take care of our skin?
First of all, a very simple rule: a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which includes good hydration, a healthy relationship with food, moderate sports activity, quality sleep, good mental balance, and of course, good personal hygiene.
If we stick to these six pillars in our lifestyle, then our skin can live without any care. But, we are not perfect - and that's fine! - and neither is our environment.
To prevent it from reacting to all these ailments, it must be protected by respecting its hydrolipidic film, by treating it gently. But we also need to take care of our mind, as our stress can cause skin problems, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
We must therefore choose our cosmetics wisely. But what exactly is a cosmetic?
What is a cosmetic?
A cosmetic - from the Greek: kosmeo, "I wear" - is a product of hygiene and beautification which remains superficial in its action. Its purpose is exclusively or mainly to cleanse, protect, perfume, maintain in good condition, modify the appearance or correct the smell of the skin. More generally, cosmetics is the art of embellishing things without transforming their intrinsic nature.
So let's wait for our personal care to meet the specific needs of the cells of our dermis - which are the same as those of any cell in the body - so that the skin can perfectly play its role of protective barrier and organic waste evacuation (emunctory).
What is aroma-cosmetic?
The aroma-cosmetic offers us the possibility of returning to more simplicity.
An aroma-cosmetic skincare is a cosmetic product composed, among other things, of essences, essential oils and aromatic hydrosols, extracted from the aromatic parts of medicinal plants. It is actually a branch of aromatherapy - from the Greek aroma, odor, and of therapia, care.
Aromatherapy - itself a branch of herbalism/phytotherapy - is a holistic medicine using plant extracts, rich in biochemical active principles which have interesting properties for the treatment, preventive or curative, of physical diseases, but also psychosomatic.
Indeed, one of the best ways to access the emotional and unconscious world is olfactotherapy - a psycho-emotional method based on the use of smells and their power over our unconscious. Did you know that when we smell a scent, the generated message goes directly to the amygdala, the area of the brain dedicated to emotions (the limbic system). Odors therefore play an important role in our emotional well-being.
Thus the aroma-cosmetic allows both to take care of our skin, but also of our mind. So why would we want to complicate things when there are plants that contain a large number of active ingredients capable of acting both internally and externally?
This is why I chose aroma-cosmetic. For me, it's the best way to take care of my skin and my wellness. Because it satisfies our desire for lovely skin, while boosting our mood. These are highly sought after virtues when the time we devote to our self care and our beauty is often limited. This is why a skincare that combines the two can only meet our expectations.
The skin reflecting our inner world, a cream that offers us a moment of well-being can only benefit our natural beauty!
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- Michel Faucon, Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicinale - les huiles essentielles, 3ème édition, Sang de la Terre, 2017.
- Guy Roulier, Les huiles essentielles pour votre santé - Guide pratique d’aromathérapie et d’aromachologie, Editions Dangles, 2006.
- Anne-Marie Pol, Tous en forme ! Beauté, Alimentation, Santé, France Loisirs, Paris, 1988.
This information is given for information purposes and cannot in any way constitute medical information, nor engage our responsibility. For any use for therapeutic purposes, please consult a doctor.