Using Silicone to Make your Skin Beautiful

When silicone is mentioned in terms of beauty the first thought that most have is break implants, most of which are done with silica gel implants. Interestingly that isn’t the only use for silicone in the beauty market. There is actually a safer and more natural use for it, that is in food supplements that are rich in bioavailable forms of silicone.

Silicone is an essential trace element that promotes the formation and maintenance of connective tissues. It helps to build the amount of hydroxyproline which is one of the main amino acids needed for the production of collagen and elastin. A number of studies have shown that by adding bioavailable form of silicone to a tissue culture the production levels of type I collagen will increase. There has also been some evidence that using silicone supplements will have a positive effect on skin, hair, nails and cartilage. At the University of Antwerp a study was done that looked at the effects of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on the nails, skin and hair. 50 women were studied using both double blind and placebo controlled methods. It was found that small but statistically significant differences (15-20%) were derived from the use of the supplements. The effects on the skin that were seen included smoother, firmer and stronger skin. The nails and hair were also stronger.

More research is needed to validate these finding and to discover what the optimal doses and treatment times are. If you don’t want to wait there is a supplement of a bioavailable form of silicone that you can try. Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid is commercially available (Biosil brand) in the same form as was used in the previously discussed study.

For the most part, the body usually accepts silicone. The recommended dosage is generally in the range of 5 to 20 mg. per day. As there is some silicone in food it is not a good idea to exceed the supplemental doses that have been used for experimental purposes at least until more studies have been done.

In order to keep you skin looking healthy you need to maintain a diet that is well balanced nutritionally. While healthy eating may not produce striking results, not eating a healthy diet will cause your skin to age much faster.
Blood sugar levels have an important effect on the aging process. Glucose is not only a key fuel for cellular use but it is also a potentially damaging substance when it comes to tissues and cells.
The good health of every organ in the body is dependent on vitamins and minerals; the skin is one of those organs. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be particularly harmful to the skin and can result in accelerated aging or skin disease.
Non-essential nutrients are the ones that the body can do without or else are synthesized by the body productively. Essential nutrients are the ones that body cannot make itself and cannot do without either. The third type of nutrient are the conditionally essential ones, these can be synthesized by the body if it is working at optimal efficiency.
One of the major causes of aging is free radical damage. As has been discussed earlier, free radicals are the indiscriminate and highly reactive chemicals that have the ability to damage the structure of all living cells.
One of the main fat soluble antioxidant vitamins found in the body is vitamin E. It have protective functions within the cellular membrane, the lipoproteins and other structures that are oily in nature. Skin is particularly high in unsaturated fatty acids so using vitamin E (both topically and orally) is very beneficial.
The cost of a skin care treatment should not be indicative of its value for the skin. In other words, just because a remedy or supplement is expensive doesn’t mean that it is good. Cheaper remedies can be very effective. A good example of this is the fact that regular exercise which can cost nothing or close to it can have very positive effects on your cardiovascular system. Eating less carbohydrates and cutting down on your caloric intake can have life lengthening effects that are cheap and easy to achieve.