How does your skin feel after cleansing? During my educational journeys through France, there was an important quote, "do not wash your skin with anything that would ruin the surface of your fine wood furniture".
Cleansing is the first and most vital step in maintaining a healthy skin. In North America, we are encouraged and with good intentions we scrub, use foamy cleansers, with spinning brushes, beads of exfoliation, or many forms of fruit, salicylic or glycolic acid and we do this every day. How does your skin feel after washing extensively, almost aggressively? Are you pores still clogged? Is your skin smooth, clear, do you have a flawless complexion?
The truth of the matter is many people use cleansers that would ruin the finish of their fine wood furniture.
We all have excellent intentions, however almost all cleansers strip collagen and valuable nutrients from our skin daily . With the hope of polishing our skins to achieve a smooth complexion we choose cleansers and exfoliate to the point of having a dry and irritated skin. " A cleanser should never strip the surface of your skin."
Here is The Healthy Way to Cleanse
We can thoroughly cleanse our skin without removing precious, natural moisture, nutrients and collagen. There is nothing that is made nor manufactured that can heal our skin better than the collagen we were born with. Yes, we need to feel clean a vital step towards a healthy skin barrier, however we should not uncomfortable. If your skin feels taught or irritated right after cleansing, you have created inflammation and you have stripped your skin of the most valuable moisturizer in the world - your own collagen.
Collagen is not replaced on a daily basis. Approximately every 28 days, or after menopause every 40 days, the Krebs cycle kick-starts our metabolism to promote and renew fresh layers of collagen throughout our whole body. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. The key to a beautiful complexion is maintaining collagen levels and our skin barrier. If we use soap, scrubbing and foamy cleansers and daily exfoliants we are stripping collagen from the surface layers of our skin, compromising the health and thinning the skin's barrier. If you notice the pores are still clogged, shallow or deep, the surface of your skin is dry, flaky or fragile, you can see blood vessels - this is all due to collagen loss.
Frequent use of scrubs, acids, such as Glycolic acid, Retin A, Salycilic Acid, Fruit acids create abnormally high levels of inflammation which can cause edema or swelling, in the beginning this may make the lines look fuller, however, as the skin barrier continues to thin you will notice more lines, more laxity and a dullness that reflects a skin that has been in survival mode for too long.
As we age our dermis thins, at some point in our 20's and for the rest of our life our dermis thins at a rate of about 1-1.5% percent a year. While it is true that a slowing epidermis happens to all skin types as we age, too much inflammation and not enough nutrition leads us to conclusion that chronic exfoliation speeds aging.
The most important part of a skin care routine is cleansing. The trick is to cleanse your skin without stripping its delicate moisture. Our cleansers, in this collection, are formulated to remove surface debris (including make-up) without harming the skin’s natural moisture and collagen barrier. Our Daily Cleansers are formulated to suit all skin types and you can find them in this section.