You might remember silica from Chemistry lessons at school. However, you might not have been taught its incredible value on skin. Silica is amazing for all skin types, but particularly sensitive skin.
According to Byrdie, silica is required to produce collagen and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Damage to our collagen by free radicals and also depletion in production as we age is a major contributor to wrinkles, while inflammation is another ageing factor our bodies have to contend with.
So, when the two elements silicon and oxygen combine they form silica (SiO2), which is also known as the quartz crystal. Silica is the third most abundant trace element in the human body after iron and zinc. Of course, we’ve all heard of zinc which bolsters the immune system and helps repair our wounds and iron which helps keep our blood healthy. But what’s the deal with this lesser-known silica? It has such a tremendous impact on skin regeneration—silica is strongly linked with healthy youthful skin. It also creates bonds between protein molecules, which are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to retain water, critical for repair and cell renewal.
Silica is required for rebuilding collagen; it sits inside collagen, acting as glue, providing strength, flexibility and resilience to connective tissues. This glue-like function means silica is imperative for helping to keep your nails, teeth and hair robust and healthy. It is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This wonder mineral also works to keep other minerals in balance, such as calcium and magnesium, which plays an important role in keeping our hormones balanced too.
In short, silica is the glue that holds us together, without silica we literally would break apart.
So, we were very pleased that one of our favourite creams contains silica. Thalgo Silicium Cream — Creme Silicium is an anti-ageing moisturiser and a rich daily cream that smooths your skin, fills wrinkles and lifts facial contours and neck. It does all this as well as nourishes your skin.
Apply morning and/or evening to the entire face and neck after cleansing. Use the cream with the Silicium Concentrate or Silicium Extracts for the Face Contours & Neck, repeating this program several times a year.
• Marine Silicium Complex
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