Does your scalp itch?
If your have an itching scalp, your scalp is more than likely in desperate need of good nutrition.
Essential nutrients play a role in many of the essential functions of the skin and scalp, including immune response, maintaining the acid level of the skin (oil levels), and cellular repair to keep in moisture, just to mention a few.
Changing your diet may be a good start, but there are other reasons why the scalp may end-up nutrient poor, regardless of a healthy diet and oral supplements.
Nutrient rich scalp and skin treatment
Another, perhaps more practical start is to find a decent scalp and skin treatment that will both coat and feed the scalp.
How do you know that a scalp and skin treatment both coats and feeds the scalp?
This can be a little daunting because most people simply go by the suggested advice of someone they trust—and that is OK; however, in good faith this person may simply give you advice based upon what advice was given to them by someone else.
Let’s start with basic skin logic
- The skin or scalp does not have its own digestive system to access undigested nutrients
- The skin or scalp does not have the ability to activate synthetic (synthesized) nutrients
This means that the nutrients in the treatment must at least be in the right format and size.
Unfortunately, in South Africa a manufacturer does not have to disclosed whether they use synthetic or artificial nutrients in the treatment! (Logic 2)
This policy is motivated in part by the view that synthetic nutrients work (in theory) just as good as active organic nutrients. Without arguing this point, the fact is that these synthetic nutrients need to be activated first in the body (usually the digestive system) before the cells can use them (assuming activation is possible).
However, the skin cannot activate synthetic nutrients, putting these types of inactive nutrients on your skin makes no sense at all.
Feed your skin don’t clog your skin.
Answer: Look for a label that clearly state that no artificial nutrients were added.
This is important because some manufacturers will put a small percentage of food state nutrients in their products for marketing purposes only to be complemented with a good dose of skin clogging synthetics.
Current scientific guidance regarding size of the nutrient molecule and skin penetration is the 500 Dalton rule. A Dalton is a unit of molecular weight but also a good indicator of the size of the molecule.
This rule simply states that a molecule heavier than 500 Dalton cannot penetrate the skin. There are some exceptions to the rule but for the most part a reliable consumer guide.
Again, when it comes to the size of the nutrients, the consumer is left to trust the manufacturer and the statements on the label. And of cause, since the cream or serum will be applied on the skin (scalp), it should become obvious whether the product delivers usable nutrients given a little time.
What to look for?
Apply the rational of the 500 Dalton Rule.
- A pure protein molecule weighs about 64,000 Dalton, probably not getting into the skin.
However, one protein molecule can yield about 580 essential amino acids when properly digested! —But the skin does not have its own digestive system.
Therefore, a good scalp and skin treatment will offer essential protein as amino acids, the building blocks of skin cells, muscle, and hair.
- When it comes to extracts it is even more trickier. Some extracts such as from oregano and other herbs may cause a burning sensation on the skin or some increase of blood flow, or even worse a slight or severe immune response. All these signs could be misunderstood for penetration or that the cream works.
- Purity when it comes to extracts would in my mind refer to extracting individual helpful molecules from the herb, fruit or plant. This is high tech stuff, and the rule of thumb for general consumer products is that the extract consists probably of many different molecules that still need to go through a digestive process to be useful on a cellular level.
The Bottom Line
Lavish the outside of your skin with expensive oils and extract for luxury and a temporal softer feel, but for feeding your skin use a treatment that offers nutrients in their proper form and size.
My own biased recommendation:
Second Mile’s scalp and skin treatment Natural Blow® with SM Derma Fusion® goes the second mile to make sure that you receive the basic essential nutrients such as vitamins C, E, A, minerals and amino acids (protein) in the right format and size to feed your scalp, and your experience will probably indicate a healthier skin that does not itch, less dry, and with a more controlled immune response (less outbreaks).