Natural Skin Health Part II
Natural Skin Health Part II
Anatomy of the Skin and Treatment
Let's take our focus to the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. Primarily composed of dead skin cells and fatty acids- this layer serves as a protective barrier from dehydration, infection, chemicals and mechanical stress. However, the stratum corneum can be injured with harsh soaps and exfoliants. Fine lines emerge when this layer is not properly hydrated.
The skin requires many nutrients that the body cannot manufacture. Nutrients need to be supplied by the diet and topical nutrition (i.e. skincare products) in order to restore and maintain optimal health and elasticity.
Treatment + Topical Nutrition
- Wash face with Botanical Facial Polish approximately 3 times a week, depending on your skin type (oily skin can use more frequently). This gentle restorative blend will remove dirt and impurities while nourishing the skin. Chamomile and aloe with relieve redness and inflammation. Lavender is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and possesses cell regenerating properties for reducing wrinkles and scars. Horse chestnut is complex plant that is used as a toner for acne prone skin as well as an anti-aging powerhouse. High in vitamin C, it increases blood flow to the skin and inhibits the breakdown of hyaluronic acid-- a main component in tissue repair. Lastly, the kaolin clay provides minerals like silica and magnesium to maintain healthy skin. The mild white clay will draw out dirt and bacteria with out stripping the natural oils of the skin. In essence, the botanical facial polish will not leave the face feeling tight and dry like most cleansers, which disrupts the pH. The dynamic blend of herbs, horse chestnut and clay will remove impurities, soothe inflammation, and provide the topical nutrition of vitamin C.
Hydrate + Moisturize + Repair
- Hydrosols are therapeutic floral waters where essential oils and healing properties of the plant distilled are evenly distributed throughout the spring water. Much more complex than facial mists/toners, the artisanal liquids are distilled for hours in a copper still, bringing a powerful healing treatment in every drop. Due to their balancing properties, hydrosols can be used liberally through out the day in a various ways. After the face is rinsed from the botanical polish, spray 3-4 generous pumps of the hydrosol onto face. Another therapeutic variation of hydrosol use is to combine with a rich serum. From teenage skin to mature skin, this fusion is deeply moisturizing. With a dime-sized amount of serum in your hand, spray 4-5 pumps of the hydrosol into the palm. Gently mix the oil and water, while simultaneously warming the hands. On a freshly cleansed face, press the hydrosol and serum mixture in the face with soft upward strokes. This circular motion stimulates blood flow to the surface of the skin. The hydrosol is akin to drinking a big glass of water for your face. Combining the serum and gentle facial massage helps lock in the moisture.
- As stated above, serums are a crucial component of skincare no matter the stage of life. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, the cold-pressed oils help strengthen and nourish the stratum corneum (outer layer of skin). Serums are best used in the morning and evening.