The body needs an array of specific food and nutrients for life and health and our diet is first in delivering what the body, skin, and scalp need for beauty and vitality. After our diet supports our body, skin, and scalp, the appropriate treatment products are supplemental and necessary for optimum health, appearance, and longevity. The same way you supplement your diet by eating right for you and ingesting nutrient-dense foods filled with rich antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein - the right ingredients in topical applications support of the body's natural process, helping protect the skin and scalp and prevent accelerated cellular damage.
There’s a lot of talk about “feeding the skin” in the beauty industry. A number of natural brands market their products as “food for the skin.” This is oversimplifying and a bit reductive. The blanket-like approach ’feed the skin’ just isn’t comprehensive. Even if the tag line is seen as ‘just marketing’ and not taken seriously, statements do affect what people believe about products and skin in subtle ways, and it eventually contributes to an understanding. ‘Food for the skin’ is largely innocuous for normal skin types but when it comes to acne, rosacea, combination, sensitive and problem skin that suffers from any number of environments, seasons and conditions - the skin must be treated with specific constituents in a particular order to be effective.
One of the biggest problems with conventional thinking in skin care is when, for example, a person is having skin issues and they think that they just have to find the right product to fix their skin. This huge misunderstanding creates a disconnection from the holistic aspect to true skin health and the specific ingredients and constituents necessary to treat the skin. Consumers will then jump from one product to the next, disconnected from the skin, hoping the next product will magically fix problems that need to be addressed holistically - diet, genetics, circulation, stress, allergens along with specific topical actives.
Skin that is reactive and suffering from inflammation conditions like allergic or contact dermatitis, acne, rosacea, is sensitized and compromised by bacteria, excessive oil, congestion, or hormonal, dietary, imbalance. Treatments for each condition vary and anti-inflammatories are a group of compounds that address and support the bodies inflammation response.
Inflammation is always a root cause when it appears in the skin and the inflammation doesn't always start in the skin. Many times the origin of the inflammation is a digestive, leaky-gut issue, an imbalance of good bacteria that is linked to improper diet.
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial herbal constituents must be administered to assist the body in healing through its “self-defense” of inflammation. The skins inflammation response must be calmed and soothed and once balanced is regained, healthy skin function can reinstate and nourishment and antioxidant activity can be administered to support further health and protection.
Nourishing does considerably impact the skin but it’s not nearly as effective until other treatment steps have been implemented first. Pollution, dirt, and dead skin cells can inhibit proper circulation and distribution of nutrients and antioxidant actives.
Skin protection and how it relates to hydration and moisturizing is a vital aspect of maintaining healthy skin and slowing skin decline as well.
Understanding each step to skin treatment, the differences and how they all correspond is imperative to understanding what products really work, what products to use and helps manage our expectations of the results.