Why Mother Nature is your Skin’s Best Friend
It is easy to lose perspective in pursuit of health and beauty. The skin care industry is crowded with hype and hopes for the next miracle product. This can make choosing what’s best for your skin confusing and complicated, and we often overlook the basics.
The main purpose of our skin is to protect and contain our body’s system of bones, muscles, organs, and vessels. It is designed to help grow and sustain itself: skin’s Epidermis, the top layer, protects the Dermis, the bottom layer, and the Dermis produces plump, healthy skin cells for the epidermis. The key to achieve beautiful, glowing and healthy skin is to keep the Epidermis plump with moisture, so it can effectively provide protection.
Working with Nature: A good skincare regime caters to these natural, elemental functions. The simplest way to ensure that is through sustainable skincare – one where we think long term and help skin sustain itself. Focusing on basics like nourishing your skin and maintaining its hydration is the best place to start.
Cleansing: Cleansing your skin should clear away makeup, dirt, and excessive oils while preserving its natural moisture barrier. Cleansed skin should not leave skin feeling dry or tight, as that damages its protective function and leads to accelerated aging. Look for gentle cleansers that contain natural, hydrating and nourishing ingredients like Collagen, Oat Protein or Honey.
Exfoliation: Our skin has a natural process of exfoliating its epidermis. This happens daily in young skin, but slows down as we age. Support this process with the use of an exfoliant that is best for your skin type and age. For healthy young skin, gentle exfoliators like jojoba beads can keep skin looking smooth. Mature skin needs something stronger such as Lactic Acid, or fruit enzyme peels containing Apricot or Olive Kernels, which help rejuvenate dull complexions.
Supplementation: When skin’s moisture levels are out of balance, serums and oils can help bring them back to equilibrium. Serums with protein-active ingredients like Collagen can plump skin for a beautiful and protective glow. Face oils also help combat dehydration. Oily skin types can use light hydrating oils like Babasso, whereas dry skin types can benefit from the extra nourishment of Avocado oil. Both oils are also suitable for sensitive skin types. For antioxidant properties, Camellia oil derived from green tea leaves is an excellent option.
Protection: The last step is to help protect skin from natural elements and dehydration with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type and the season. Winter calls for rich creams, but Spring’s warm weather means switching to lighter moisturizers. Choose creams with nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C, Calendula, Shea Butter and Green Tea.
Bring your skincare regime back to the elemental basics of what your skin needs, as supporting its natural system is the key to sustainable, glowing skin.
Jean Eng is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure+Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.