Did you know?
...that facial lines and stretch marks don't have to be a given just because you're a few years older than you used to be! Nowadays, a general visit to a dermatologist for a simple mole/freckle check-up opens the door to a plethora of pharmaceutical products to reduce facial lines, age marks, sun spots, and stretch marks. You may be tempted to jump on the Rx train. After all, it seems like a quick fix, doesn't it? To no surprise, those drugs all have side-effects and may not necessarily work well, anyway. Think about Botox. Did you know that it is a neuro-toxin? Here are some side-effects you may experience with a Botox injection: allergic reactions, rash, itching, headache, neck or back pain, muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weakness, injection site reactions (muscle weakness, bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling), fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu symptoms, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, ringing in your ears, and increased sweating in areas other than the underarms. Drooping of the eyelid (ptosis), inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), eye dryness, itchy eyes, double vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light, and eyelid swelling or bruising may occur when used for treating blepharospasm. (Rxlist.com)
I'm itchy just thinking about it!
Why go down the dark Rx road for a simple beauty regimen?
Instead, nature has provided us a bounty of Omega 6 essential fatty acids, specifically gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), that supports the skin, promotes shinier hair, reduces PMS and menopausal symptoms, helps clear eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, it assists with reduction in blood pressure, cholesterol, blood clot formation, and improved brain function. Not bad!
GLA is naturally found in evening primrose oil, black current seed oil, borage seed oil, grapeseed oil, and sunflower oil. I've seen internet sources that promote corn oil, margarine (oleo), and shortening. Stay away from those "sources" as they are not conducive to health. These oils should NOT be heated, except for grapeseed, but are easily consumed in encapsulated form. It is also important to know that the body cannot create/manufacture essential fatty acids. You'll need a little help.
Give the GLA blend a solid six weeks taken throughout the day at approximately 3,000 mg. Remember, the body assimilates best when given dosages throughout the day and especially at night when the body goes into repair mode.
Your skin's health on the outside mirrors your true health on the inside.
The above is inspired by Dr. Jane Semple.