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Emu Oil, Hair Growth, and Facial Rejuvenation
In addition to its stimulatory effects on hair growth, Emu Oil may stand alone is the single best ingredient for the prevention and treatment of facial skin aging. Its unique structure enables it to penetrate the phospholipid barrier better than any compound known, synthetic or natural. It functions by penetrating 7 layers of skin and stimulating the growth of collagen. In so doing it firms skin that sags in response to age related collagen loss. Its consistent use over time will give you skin that is progressively thicker and firmer, irregardless of your age.
The age related sagging and thinning of skin in response to collagen loss occurs independent of ultraviolet light exposure. Many take great pains to avoid sun exposure, yet end up with relatively smooth surface skin that is still slack and sagging, even though there is no apparent sun damage. Excessive sun exposure can cause surface cross linking (wrinkling), however the age related collapse of collagen is what ultimately causes the skin to sag which appears universal in the aging process. Weight gain and loss can significantly impact this process.
The following celebrities, whose very livelihood depends on appearance, regularly use Emu Oil or Emu Oil based cosmetics:
Angela Bassett, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles, Catherine Zeta Jones, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Cindy Crawford, Shakira
Here's an article from the Idaho Observer by Debbie Schachter that sheds some light on its properties:
Nourishing Natural Ingredients: The Key to Skin Hydration
"An amazing amount of advertising dollars are devoted to the latest and greatest skin care magic potions that promise to "cure" all your skin ailments and wrinkles. What these companies do not tell potential customers is that their products work topically and never reach the deeper layers of the skin where hydration and nourishment of the cells needs to take place for truly healthy skin. By masking the underlying problem and simply sitting on the surface of your skin, these moisturizers actually do more harm than good.
Like water off a duck’s back
The majority of moisturizers contain what are known as "occlusive agents." Mineral oil and petrolatum are two of the most common occlusive ingredients contained in 99 percent of all skin moisturizers. These petroleum-based oils are the main ingredients in the "recipe" being sold to the unwary consumer and are just a temporary fix for the real problem. I call it the "feel good, do nothing" product and compare the effects on one’s skin to "water on a duck’s back."
The reason for this is that when occlusive agents are applied to your skin, they clog the pores and prevent entry of oxygen and nutrients. These agents perform as guards — blocking the penetration of any beneficial ingredients into the innermost dermal layers. The skin’s re-hydrating and healing process is stalled without these essential vitamins and functional fats. Your skin feels "temporarily less dry."
Anatomy of a wrinkle
Various fats play many roles in our body other than as a simple concentrated energy source and "cushion" that most of us think of fats as providing. All cells produce hormones directly from the fatty acids that we must receive from our diet or from the topical application of these fatty acids. These hormones influence all aspects of local cell activity. They are involved in such activity as inflammation, healing, and both cell proliferation and dying. When our skin doesn’t have enough of the CORRECT fats, or when other negative (occlusive) ingredients prevent the absorption of these fats, our skin de-hydrates and wrinkles. The primary cause of wrinkling, puckering, and other skin imperfections is called cross-linking. This is when a build-up of free radical toxic plaque binds your skin’s collagen and elastin fibers causing your skin’s supportive structure to become inflexible and unhealthy. This in turn leads to cavities (holes) in the structural layer beneath your outer skin. As the muscles beneath the skin are continually contracting against these cavities, it causes your outer skin to fold into furrows, making your visible skin wrinkled and uneven.
Young, healthy skin contains a natural abundance of lipids that create the optimum lipid barrier (known as the stratum corneum). These lipids act like the protective coating of paint on a new car. Without a healthy lipid barrier, the effects of the environment, everyday stress, and exfoliation leaves skin dull, rough and wrinkled.
The aging factor
As we age, the amount of free radical toxins accumulating in our body increases, making wrinkles more prevalent in older skin. By dissolving the cross-linking, by counteracting the free radicals and by enhancing the production of new collagen and elastin fibers with the proper nutrients, we can strengthen the skin’s supportive structure while reducing the number and size of the cavities in our skin.
The major change that occurs in the lower layer of the skin is that approximately 20 percent of the dermal thickness is lost in elderly individuals. The resulting decrease in the amount of elastin fibers that provide elasticity to the skin causes the skin to wrinkle and be less resilient. This accounts for the paper-thin skin that the most elderly people experience.
If you eliminate the harmful, non-penetrating, mineral oil based chemicals contained in most moisturizers and add what your skin is really craving and recognizes as useful, you will have "healthy hydration." Since we can’t "replace" our skin, we need to enhance our skin’s health with specific nutrients. Providing our skin with the proper fatty acids will reduce wrinkling and create a softer, more even skin texture.
Oil from downunder
Emu oil, first introduced by the Australian aborigines as a genuine intensive skin moisturizer, is the only easily- absorbed natural oil that is molecularly the same as the oil found in human skin and all other organs of the body. The use of emu oil was among many natural remedies for the treatment of bruised skin and an immediate remedy for dry skin problems.
Emu oil serves as a transdermal carrier (transporter) of other valuable nutrients to the skin and has been shown to have better skin penetration/permeability and better moisturizing properties than any other "cosmetic" oil. Most cosmetic oils are phospho-lipids or "polar" compounds, which mean they carry an electrical charge at one end. Polar compounds do not pass through the skin as readily as non-polar compounds. This is why most cosmetic oils rubbed on the skin lack the ability to penetrate and, therefore, do not effectively hydrate the skin. Emu oil has a high concentration of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which explains its ability to penetrate easily through the skin. The lack of phospho-lipids in emu oil, or the oil’s non-polarity, explains why this oil penetrates so well!
Studies have shown that the fatty acid composition of emu oil appears to closely mirror that of human skin. As skin ages there are marked changes that occur including dryness, wrinkling and laxity due to the loss of water and ingredients that can penetrate deep into the dermis. Imagine how well nourished your skin could become if emu oil was transporting vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, evening primrose oil, ceramides, lipids, and other nourishing vitamins to the inner dermal layers of your skin.
An ideal topical moisturizer that would help aging skin should have the ability to help reverse skin dryness and scaling by enhancing the ability of the skin’s upper layers to retain water. Emu oil as a primary ingredient in a moisturizer, or by itself, has been shown to reduce the incidence of wrinkle formation – this oil works powerfully at the cellular level to deliver what can only be described as a radical increase in your skin’s ability to repair, protect and improve its appearance.
Same scams, different symptoms
Most popular skin care products are designed along the pharmaceutical model of medicine: They treat only the symptoms, disguising the condition rather than solving the underlying issues. This is a recipe to sell more skin creams, lotions and oils, but do nothing to restore the nutritional balances necessary for healthy skin. To make matters worse, the harmful "oils" and ingredients in most moisturizers often result in side effects worse than the symptoms they are designed to alleviate.
To fully appreciate the damage most skin care products can cause, just lump them in the same category as the pharmaceutical drugs being mass marketed to alleviate arthritis, depression, pain, high blood pressure and other symptoms.
Topical steroids, the most common treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatological conditions, cause thinning of the skin with long term use, making the skin more easily irritated. Discontinuation of the medicine can actually result in a new, fiercer outbreak than the original one. Steroid creams can even be absorbed through the skin causing internal complications. Be an informed consumer."
Don’t be Scammed by so called “Scam Alerts”
A pair of self annointed “consumer watchdogs,” Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Jamieson of "Factscheck".org have taken it upon themselves to outright dismiss Emu Oil as a scam. They maintain that it is “snake oil” with “no evidence” to back up the claims made for its benefits for human skin.
When you look at the basis of their assertions though, you will quickly find that their “evidence” to back the claim that Emu Oil is a “scam” borders on farcical.
They analyzed only published studies and maintained there were only two that had any relevance to dermatological benefit.
Even a cursory review of the medical literature revealed 6 studies that suggested significant anti-inflammatory and other benefits that applied to mammalian skin.
Most significantly though is that they conveniently chose to ignore the voluminous data meticulously researched and compiled by Dr. Michael Holick, head of Dermatology at Boston University that he detailed in his patent application, which elucidated Emu Oil’s ability to regenerate collagen and thicken aging skin, based on tissue analysis, in addition to its hair regrowth effects.
Here is the abstract from Dr. Holick’s patent application, which succinctly sheds light on its mechanisms of action:
“The present invention is directed to the discovery that topical or parenteral administration of emu oil to a mammal stimulates the proliferation of skin. Emu oil can be used to treat skin wrinkles and rejuvenate aged and photo-damaged skin. It has also been discovered that emu oil can be topically applied to stimulate melanogenesis in the skin and to stimulate hair growth. Thus, emu oil is useful to treat pigmentation disorders such as hypopigmentation, stimulating melanogenesis to enhance skin tanning, and treating disorders relating to disturbances in hair cycling such as alopecia, male pattern baldness, female baldness, and chemotherapy-induced alopecia.”
When analyzing the credentials of both D. Holick and Jackson and Jamieson, who comes off as more credible??
A many times published department head at a major Medical School with a professional and academic reputation to maintain, or a couple of opportunistic self appointed consumer “watch dogs” who feel that everything that is not FDA “Approved” is a scam, and who are the business of selling books.
They assert that consumers are too gullible. If consumers buy into even half of what these two say…they in fact are.
In conclusion: If facial aging and skin firmness are of any concern to you at all, it would prudent to rub in a few drops of pharmaceutical grade Emu Oil into your face as well as your scalp. For an optimum benefit for both facial skin and hair growth, use 2-3 times daily.
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