The Perfect Combination for the Wellbeing of the Skin
The Mediterranean climate is created by the perfect blend of sea and sun, which is why it produces surprising and unique vegetation. A riot of colors and scents that is reflected in the “Mediterranean diet”, whose nutritional values are recognized by scientists around the world as the main performers of a healthy and complete diet, rich and at the same time balanced in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Eating properly is the first step to having a healthy and clear skin, and so it’s essential to follow a balanced diet that combines foods rich in vitamins and proteins. Vitamins C and E, for example, contain antioxidants, which cancel the negative effect of free radicals and keep the walls of the blood vessels elastic. Vitamin C, apart from helping the body against staphylococci, aids the formation of collagen, which keeps the skin elastic, combatting the formation of wrinkles: it is to be found in many fruits and vegetables, especially in paprika, broccoli, cabbage, papaya, kiwi, strawberry and citrus fruits, but also in potatoes.
Vitamin E, on the other hand, can be absorbed from oily fruits like walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. From fish, in particular oily fish, the skin can utilize the benefits of fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6, fundamental for skin hydration. Important too is to have a diet rich in vegetable fibre, in order to limit fermentative intestinal phenomena and thus essential for the functioning of our body.
Mediterranean Cosmetics. Through nutrition, precious ingredients don’t always arrive to the skin, to support it in the right way. For instance, we take in one gramme of vitamin C from about 8 kg of vegetables, of which how much ends up in the skin? Little, very little indeed.
A cosmetic, if well formulated, is an “intelligent” carrier of vitamins and nutrients brought directly to their destination “on the skin”.
Utilising elements of nature that habitually enter our diet is reassuring and guarantees a high tolerability. The skin recognises the ingredient and takes all the benefits.
The Mediterranean tradition tells us that women used cosmetics prepared from the flowers and plants of the Mediterranean which, growing spontaneously, constituted the natural source to tap in order to preserve and valorise the beauty of one’s own skin.
Vegetable oils represent the most ancient forms of cosmetics of the Mediterranean people. Besides those more commonly used, such as olive oil and almond oil, a myriad of other types is now forging its way, such as sunflower oil, grapestone oil and others.