We essentially 'strip the shingles' off our skin everyday when we use harsh surfactants, synthetic chemicals, and aggressive exfoliation techniques in the pursuit of perfectly smooth skin.
What happens if you strip them off faster than the body can replace them?
The body will respond to these injuries by activating your immune system- swelling, increased circulation, etc. Some skin types can handle the abuse, others can't. Your tolerance levels are influenced by and change based on age, genetics, lifestyle choices, and even location of where you live (humidity levels, heat levels, etc).
Remember- your skin is your first line of defense to pathogens (bad bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc) and your body is keenly aware of how to 'fix' itself to maintain that defensive barrier. It is important to focus on maintaining skin health and physical integrity in order to align your personal skin goals with your body's natural instinctual responses. (In other words- work WITH your body, don't fight it!)
What do I do now?
So you've cleansed, scrubbed, and masked your way into a mess: What do you do? The best course of action is a replenishing, simple regimen with a low stimulation factor. Let your skin heal, create new skin cells, and recover. (As always, please seek medical attention if needed- this is what works for me but everyone is different)
Despite my decade + as a holistic esthetician, I am not immune to over sensitizing my skin. I'm not 21 anymore and my skin has become less resistant to irritants over time and less tolerant to an overabundance of active ingredients.
The simple regimen that I used on my last encounter with over-doing it:
*Between every step I spray generously with an aloe based hydrator
(Try Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator- so good!)
This facial oil is one of the newest from True Botanicals. It contains skin loving oils such as organic avocado, raspberry seed, chia seed, and jojoba oils to help repair the skin barrier, provide anti-oxidants, replenish fatty acids, and keep moisture in. It has a gentle blend of essential oils as well (too many stimulating essential oils can irritate fragile skin too).
Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (tea) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, canabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, salvia hispanics (chia) seed oil, rubies ideas (raspberry) seed oil*, tocopherol (non-geo Vitamin E), citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) leaf/twig extract, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil, boswellia cartel (frankincense) oil, citrus uranium amara (bitter orange) flower oil
These are two products that have worked wonders to repair my skin after one too many exfoliating masks but they aren't the only products out there. The key is to find (1) a nutrient dense, plant-based, non-comedogenic, lightly (or un-) scented oil as your base and then (2) a more occlusive, non-petroleum, plant oil based balm to seal it all in.
what is your tried and true skin repair routine? have you tried these two? what did you think? share in comments!
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!