Most people view skincare products and how they work on the skin as something like this: topical active ingredients that are applied to the skin and those constituents then change and improve the skin.
This is not untrue, but it’s not entirely accurate either. There’s a subtle shift that can be made in how we view the skin, ingredients, actives, and what products are really doing (and not doing) for the skin. This change in perspective can make a huge difference in how we understand the true power of the skin, its natural function, and what products we choose.
The misunderstanding stems from the focus being placed on the product or ingredients changing the skin versus a more accurate perception that views the product/ingredients assisting the skin in its own innate healing process. The products/ingredients are not actually changing the skin, they are supporting an acceleration of the skin's healing ability.
When you cut yourself the body heals, it mends on its own and creates new tissue. If we apply topical, herbal treatments, those treatments aren’t “healing” the body - they are supporting the body's own natural function. The body heals - products or ingredients support its process.
There is great power in this seemingly nuanced perspective of how we can choose to view products and the skin. Though subtle, it’s not small, it’s actually a complete shift in how we can honor the skin’s function and see how the cellular process really works. This also holds an acknowledgment of the body, giving credit to the skin and its inherent power. This also creates a more comprehensive understanding of the medicinal power of plants used as treatments and for preventive health.
As we explore this concept and practice further, a deeper understanding of this process will make a difference in how we decide what products we need for our skin and what active treatments we use and the order we apply them.