Resetting your skin's protective moisture barrier before using any active or harsh skincare is the key. What we are trying to do with our company and products is get your skin to a state of homeostasis - i.e. a balanced and naturally optimal state.
Acne stems from so many different places and has so many different triggers. It is not just the gut, or just what you put on skin's surface.
But by starting to calm inflammation and it's triggers, you begin the process of permanent eradication and getting the skin to a place where it functions optimally.
Here are our Top 5 Basic Rules for long term skin improvement
THE GUT SKIN AXIS IS REAL
Reset and support your gut microbiome and skin barrier health. The Radiance Powder supports your detoxification pathways by aiding elimination (your liver and skin - your two greatest detoxification pathways).
It also contains the top raw materials required to support the trillions of gut bacteria already existing in your body, that are not currently thriving. New research on gut health is constantly coming out but something most people seem to miss is that there is no product that can actually inject even close to the amount of bacteria that already exists within you. A far more effective way of reviving and strengthening your gut barrier function is to support what you were born with and optimise the trillions of bacterial strains living inside of you.
This is the basis of the Radiance Powder function and why we call it the foundation to long term skin health. It is our must have.
MINIMAL SKINCARE ALWAYS
Your skin also has a microbiome, that is as complex and diverse as your gut. The best way to support it is to enhance it's natural function without trying to take away but also not add in too much too soon.
When skin's cell structures are inflamed, they are already struggling to heal. Adding harsh acids and actives to skin that is already struggling is just further disrupting it's barrier function.
You have 2 chances every day to improve your skin topically: mornings and evenings. Try not to touch it otherwise is Rule Number 1.
Cleaning your face properly during these times, with a very gentle cleanser and toner, should be the first step in your skincare routine.
We always follow up with pure Rose Water as a toner and Universal Serum as a base. Until your skin is balanced and in homeostasis, do not add anything more. Let the skin acclimate, heal and rebalance.
During the day follow up with an SPF, and in the evening a moisturiser or oil for sensitive skin is sufficient. Give it a break and leave it alone for at least 30 days.
VARIETY IS IMPORTANT
Along with not trying too much all the time, it is important to switch up your skincare and food sources for diversity once your skin and body is in a state of balance. However this is a step ONLY when your skin is already in homeostasis and not inflamed and consistently breaking out. If you are still in the inflammatory state then follow Steps 1 and 2 above.
If inflammation has stopped and you are now only suffering with texture and scarring, along with minor pimples here and there (essentially the after effects of adult acne) then switch it up.
Reintroduce actives and acids, see a skin specialist and ask an expert who has seen your skin what they recommend. There is not a one size fits all in skincare, and often people do not know what their skin type really is and what they actually need to be using the optimise it's look and feel. Seek out advice and don't be afraid to ask for help.
CONSISTENCY CHANGES EVERYTHING
Good habits start at home, and are often basic and free. Set a morning routine and stick to it. Go to bed at a similar time every single day. Learn something new and treat your mind with something that interests and inspires you. Hydrate with a clean water source, but do not drink 30 minutes before and after food to ensure your stomach acid is at an optimum and aids with digestion. Journal and set your intentions, and track your progress daily and monthly along the way. Eat intuitively and do not follow a set diet or regimen. Surround yourself with people who you love and inspire you. Watch your own vibration rise over time.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Pay attention to your mind and how you think about yourself. Often our greatest obstacles are ones that we put in our own path.
It is too simple to say that your mind truly affects your skin, but there is now science behind gratitude, meditation and having a positive outlook on life.
Releasing yourself from your own harsh judgement and living in the past takes time - don't expect this to change overnight if you have spent years with this kind of mentality. Be aware that everything has the ability to change and most things that happen to you are neutral, it is only your reaction to them that makes them negative. Take responsibility and see how your mind, your life and your skin changes.