The events of the past year have not only taken a toll on the mind, body, and soul, but also on the skin. Stress, pollution, maskne, wildfires, and who knows what’s next.
And while we have all endured some challenging times, it’s important to take some time for yourself and look for the good in things. I was able to find my silver lining – in skin care.
Re-evaluating my skin care
This year gave us all a little time for self-reflection. It personally gave me the time to re-evaluate the way I handled my skin. In the past, I would target skin problems as they would pop up and buy products that provided a short-term fix rather than looking at the big picture and focusing on the overall health of my skin. What I didn’t realize was that the products promising overnight results were actually doing more damage than good. I had basically put my skin on a perpetual crash diet. .
Discovering a long-term approach
I realized that the environmental and societal aggressors weren’t going anywhere, and that instead of being reactionary, I needed to consider the long-term health of my skin. In order to fix my skin issues, I needed to focus on nurturing my skin with ingredients that would keep my skin balanced, hydrated, strong and ready to fight the fight. I looked to Korean beauty and their principles as guidance, keeping in mind their philosophy of a gentle, long term approach with an emphasis on cleansing. .
PoreBiotics Creamy Cleanser
I knew the problems my skin was up against, and what ingredients I wanted to use to combat these issues in a face cleanser. After sorting through many different cleansers and carefully scanning each label, I came across Skin Research Institute’s PoreBiotics Creamy Cleanser. What struck me first was their list of well researched ingredients. I appreciated the value they placed in being vegan and cruelty-free, all while living up to the highest standards of Korean beauty. I knew I had found the right one. .
So what were the ingredients that caught my eye to battle against the blemishes and premature aging courtesy of this year’s past events? .
Kefir – Fights off the damage from pollutants and wildfires
Skin-care 101: In order to have healthy and youthful looking skin, you need to have a balanced acid mantle and thriving microbiome. In order to fully understand the power of kefir, you need to understand a little science.
The outer layer of our skin is acidic (usually about a 4.7 – 5.7 on the pH scale), and when the pH Balance is out of whack, it can cause a slew of other problems. A thin film on the surface of our skin (it’s acid mantle) is composed of oil’s, fats and acids, that serve as a protective layer. When the pH level of this layer is unbalanced, the skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria and toxins. This vulnerability can increase irritation, dryness, acne and a loss of elasticity.
It’s the invisible ecosystem, composed of healthy bacteria, that lives on top of the skin, keeping it healthy, hydrated and strong to battle the world outside. Building a healthy protective barrier protects us against inflammation, infection and oxidative damage for more youthful and glowing skin.
Kefir, a probiotic power house, rebuilds the skin’s microbiome, balances pH levels, and acts as a protective shield against the damage from pollution and free radicals. It helps rid the face of toxins and regulate oil production. It also produces natural antibiotics to combat bad bacteria and acne, reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier. A healthy, restored barrier is key to hydrated and younger looking skin. Amazing protection.
Tea tree oil – Cleared up my maskne
Tea tree oil is one of acne’s worst enemies. I knew it would be beneficial and soothing for the acne and inflammation associated with maskne, but I didn’t know to what extent. The little red bumps around my mouth are gone, as is the rash that was forming along the outline of the mask. Tea tree oil is celebrated for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and fight acne. It’s also known to reduce acne scarring.
Hyaluronic acid – Keeps my skin dewy, fresh and less tired looking
Retaining moisture is essential in the battle against premature aging. As we age, our body produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid, making it more susceptible to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant, binds water to collagen to boost hydration and collagen production for younger looking skin. It leaves the skin looking dewy, plump and more resilient. My skin drank it up, and I’ve noticed a definite reduction in fine lines.
Cleansing can be a delicate balancing act. You need a cleanser strong enough to remove all of the bacteria, dirt and toxins, but gentle enough to not strip the skin or disrupt its barrier. PoreBiotics has helped navigate this delicate balance, and my skin has never looked better. It helped repair my skin from the inside out, and what’s great is that I know it will continue to protect my skin and keep it looking its best for the long-haul.
PoreBiotics: a true silver lining in skin care. Find it on PoreBiotics website here.