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The secret to perfect summer legs

Posted May 04 2010 9:19am
There certainly has been much buzz in recent years regarding healthy alternatives for body care. You have found a lot on the subject here as well.

Some of the details and data can be confusing and, ultimately, mean nothing to the average person. You know I am the biggest fan of organic castor oil, now there is one more reason for you to love it too! A therapeutic grade of organic castor oil has a nice dose of linoleic acid! Want to know the upside?

I've scooped you a simple explanation, without any techno-babble, so you can be on your way to having perfect summer legs, from the OutsideIN!

If you just want your gator-dry legs to be soft and silky-smooth then look no farther than your kitchen!

The answer lies in that bottle of safflower oil sitting on the shelf. This polyunsaturated oil, beloved by cardiologists for being good for your heart, is just as good for your skin, but from the outside in.

This oil is in fact a super moisturizer. "That's because it's very high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid that skin normally makes to keep its moisture level up and barrier function intact," says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, RealAge's skin expert. Since our body's linoleic acid production gets sluggish as we age, it helps to replace it from the outside.

"In theory, you could use olive oil too, which is also high in linoleic acid, but you'd smell like a salad!"

Here's a tip: just pour some safflower oil into a pretty little squeeze bottle and add it to your toiletries. No one will guess you pinched it from your kitchen cabinet.

Lifestyle from Yahoo
Posted Apr.30, 2010
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