Today, aging is a major concern for most of us. Of course, with ever-increasing life expectancy comes concern over severe degenerative diseases that affect the elderly. In addition to health issues, we worry about how the normal, visible signs of aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles will affect our social and lives and appearance. Not surprisingly, there is a strong demand for research on skin care as it relates to aging.
We all know that too much sun is damaging for our skin. Recent studies have calculated the impact of sun exposure in the visible aging of a Caucasian woman’s face. They found out that the sun is the major contributing factor for the aging process in 80% of the cases.
Since the skin interfaces with the environment, it is the first line of defense from external factors, including the sun. For example, the skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss. Wisely, most of us are concerned with maintaining our skin. Every day you wake up and take a critical look at yourself in the mirror. As a teenager, you may have problems with pimples (acne). But as you age, you likely notice worsening problems with skin sagging, wrinkles, undesirable pigmentations, skin tumors, and changes of vascularization. Many of us feel that a younger self is trapped within an older body. This is the concept of the “mask of age,” where the visible body masks the inner self. You feel much younger than you look.
The physical signs of aging can be classified into four main categories: wrinkles/texture, lack of firmness of cutaneous tissues (ptosis), vascular disorders, and pigmentation heterogeneities. During a lifetime, skin will change in appearance and structure, not only because of the unavoidable passage of time, but also due to several external factors such as gravity, sun and ultraviolet exposure, and high levels of pollution. Lifestyle factors may also play an important role in skin aging, such as diet, tobacco use, illness, or stress. The effect of these external factors may add to the progressive degradations of the skin.
How your skin holds up against the effects of the sun depends on what kind of skin you have. The Fitzpatrick scale (also known as Fitzpatrick skin typing test or Fitzpatrick phototype scale) was developed in 1975 by Harvard Medical School dermatologist Thomas Fitzpatrick. It was developed to classify a person’s complexion in relation to their tolerance to sunlight. Today, it is still used by many health professions to determine how a patient will respond to certain facial treatments.
In humans, the skin is considered to be the largest organ in the body, comprising roughly 16 % of our body mass (there is perhaps another new organ that is bigger, the interstitium). It is a complex organ with multiple structures and cell types, and is divided into three layers: epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue.
This is a microscopic picture of normal skin (epidermis and dermis). Compare it with the picture below where you see deposition of elastotic material (the blue material beneath the surface in the dermis) caused by the sun.
Microscopically, one of the most significant signs of aging you see occurs in the dermis, and is caused by the sun. Damage to the dermis is caused by degeneration of collagen and deposition of abnormal elastotic material, reflected by wrinkles, furrows, and yellow discoloration of the skin.
Many skin conditions and diseases are characterized by inflammation, infection, and hyperplasia. Topical treatments that are safe and effective for long-term use are needed. Traditional botanical medicines, which are often complex mixtures that exert their biological activities via multiple mechanisms of action, are being studied as potential new active ingredients in dermatology.
Sandalwood album oil, also known as East Indian sandalwood oil, is an essential oil distilled from the Santalum album tree and has demonstrated biological activity as an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-proliferative agent. Sandalwood album oil has also shown promise in clinical trials for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, common warts, and molluscum contagiosum. The oil seems also to help against skin pigmentation. The favorable safety profile, ease of topical use, and availability of Sandalwood album oil support its broader use as the basis of novel therapies in dermatology.
If you want to try Sandalwood album oil I recommend you use oil from doTERRA. When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world, ensuring ideal extract composition and efficacy. For your skin, it is best to choose Indian Sandalwood oil, as Hawaiian Sandalwood oil doesn’t have the same benefits.
Sandalwood album oil is listed in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Chemicals Codex as a natural flavoring ingredient, and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has classified the oil as a Listed Medicine, available as an active ingredient in many non-prescription products.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
A doctor and specialist in pathology. He has always been concerned about health and how to manage a good and healthy lifestyle. The blog will mainly be about the use of essential oils, health, and training.