Here lately I have been experimenting with different skin care regimens to try to find more natural, effective alternatives. Coincidentally, my mom called me raving about how well her skin was doing, and it was all due to her consumption of Flax Seeds & Wheat Germ.
So for the past week I have resorted to using solely the "oil cleansing method", and I incorporated two new ingredients my mother now swears on; Flax Seed & Wheat Germ. Every morning I have about a cup of yogurt, and in it I add two tablespoons each of ground Flax Seed, and Wheat Germ. Have I noticed a difference? Most definitely. Will I go back to Dermalogica? Not if I continue to see results.
About 2 tablespoons of Wheat Germ contains 20 % of your daily allowance of Folic Acid & Vitamin E [Vitamin E helps to protect your skin cells against UV radiation from the sun, and also protects cell membranes], and two tablespoons of Flax Seeds is the equivalent of eating about 25-30 cups of Broccoli. Flax Seeds contain a high amount of Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids which are essential in the role of maintaining healthy skin/hair as well as preventing and/or clearing up skin disorders such as Acne, Psoriasis, and Eczema. Flax Seeds also help keep your pores open, thus preventing the build-up of sebum, that nasty little culprit behind Acne. Fatty acids also help your skin to remain soft, supple, and smooth, and it also regulates what goes in and out of your skin cells. In other words, they allow nutrients and water in, and keep toxins out.
I can barely taste the Wheat Germ, however the Flax Seeds have some sort of a nutty flavor to them. So if nutty isn't your thing, you may want to mix them in with something that disguises the taste a little more. I like using yogurt because it contains probiotics that benefit your complexion, which leaves your skin smoother, less prone to breakouts, and also helps your body maintain it's natural healthy balance of hormones.
Try This: [Low Fat Wheat Germ/Flax Seed Yogurt]
1 cup of low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons of wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons granola
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
If you aren't too keen on eating the Flax Seeds, try this: [Flax Seed Gel Facial]
Grind 1/4 tablespoon of Flax Seeds, and mix with rose water [enough water to make a thick paste], let the mixture sit until the mucilage releases, and you are left with something of a gel-like consistency. Apply on your face paying close attention to the problem areas [be sure to avoid your eyes], leave on for about 10-15 minutes, then rise!