DOUBLE TROUBLE: Partners in Skin Crime
We celebrate partnerships, ingredients that work in sync with each other and with the natural biology of the human body. We believe in simplicity to amplify efficacy.
Dynamic duos, perfect partners etc…but sometimes things that come in pairs - mean double trouble for skin health.
In this article we look at some conflicting skin issues that can cause imbalance and disruption to our skin health and misery to the mindset. It’s key to remember that not all skin concerns are dictated by “type,” many are symptomatic of our lifestyle, health and environment - while others can be genetically connected.
Skin type is genetic and can be broadly categorized as: Dry, Sensitive Combination, Oily or Normal.
Dry Skin + Breakouts: When we talk about breakouts, we tend to think of oily skin types, but dry skin breakouts can be triggered too. Dry skin often struggles to rid build-up of dead skin cells and surface debris, this build-up causes skin to appear dull and texture uneven, pores become congested and this creates the perfect imbalance to the skin’s microbiome to enable bad bacteria to thrive. The bottom line, insufficient exfoliation can lead to breakout.
Inevitably, the instinctual reaction is to apply spot treatments to solve the problem, but the reality is that often this can, in turn, exacerbate the issue.
The answer to keeping dry skin free from congestion, maintaining balance and even texture is gentle exfoliation. Avoid the use of harsh scrubs and drying cleansers that will impair moisture retention within the skin structure, instead opt for products that will gently draw impurities from the pores, clarifying and purifying without causing trauma. Mild acids or clay based cleansing / masking such as our Purifying Facial, will help revive skin tone and refine texture, drawing out surface impurities.
Use breakout treatments in a targeted fashion rather than all over the complexion to avoid drying and causing inflammation. Seek out products that help maintain hydration, strengthening the skin’s surface while refining the appearance of pores, such as Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid. The Hydrating Face Cream helps replenish, protect and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function and moisture retention.
Oily + Breakouts: As with dry skin and breaking out, often it is symptomatic of the incorrect style of treatment that is in place. Oily skin by definition, is overactive in producing sebum. In a quest for control, often we opt for products that further destabilize the skin’s microbiome and strip out natural oils to prompt the skin to produce more sebum as a natural trauma response.
Around we go again. If it tingles, step away. If it leaves your skin ‘squeaky clean’, step away.
Wrinkles + Breakouts: As the body’s natural sources of strength and resilience (collagen and elastin) deplete, we turn our focus to products that help fortify skin tone and definition, lifting and firming. Meanwhile, estrogen levels are falling and testosterone levels in turn increase. This fluctuation can lead to skin that is erratic.
Clarify pores, cleanse skin and initiate deep purification by masking at least once a week with the Purifying Facial.
Sensitive +: If you have sensitive skin you will be all too aware of the fine line between a contented complexion and triggered, reactive skin.
Reactive states can be brought about by a variety of factors from stress, diet, hormones, poor sleep and self-care, environmental fluctuations to unsuitable topical products and very commonly - dehydration.
Skin may feel tight, irritated, sore to the touch, red or it may break out. Sensitive skin can be oily or dry, so being tuned into your skin and how it fluctuates seasonally will help create a more harmonious relationship with your complexion.
Sensitive + Dry: treat skin weekly to Hydrating Facial, this new product launches early March and is a perfect oasis of calm and hydration to quench and strengthen skin barrier function and help retain natural protection from environmental aggressors that cause stress responses.
Sensitive + Oil: maintaining effective hydration levels will help stabilize skin that is in a cycle of overactive oil production. Soothe inflammation from breakout, quench skin and help balance oil production by using a partnership of Hydrating Facial overnight and Purifying Face Cream during the day.
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