Skincare has become an integral part of our daily routine, with many people searching for the perfect products that will give them flawless, glowing skin. The beauty industry has long sold us the idea that the key to perfect skin is a harsh skincare regimen, loaded with ingredients that promise quick results. But the truth is, treating your skin harshly will only make matters worse. This approach is not only damaging to the skin, but it is also ineffective in the long term.
Stop treating skin as the enemy.
Many people approach skincare with the mindset that they need to “fix” their skin, as if it is a problem that needs to be solved. However, this approach is not only misguided, but it is also damaging to the skin. Your skin is a complex organ that works hard to protect you, and it deserves to be treated with care and respect, even when it has acne or wrinkles.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to support our skin. However, by becoming over-zealous in this attempt, we can easily overlook the potential harm a skincare product may do to our microbiome and skin barrier.
Harsh products are not the answer to acne.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people, but using harsh products to treat it is not the answer. Harsh ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide, can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and further breakouts. Instead, opt for gentle products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, which can help to unclog pores without damaging the skin.
Skin can't heal overnight.
Skincare is a journey, not a destination. Your skin cannot heal overnight, and expecting immediate results from harsh products will only lead to disappointment. It takes time and consistency to see results, but the key is to use products that work with your skin, not against it.
Our skin works innately for us.
Our skin has its own natural processes and mechanisms for healing and protecting itself. Trusting in these processes and supporting them with the right skincare products can lead to healthier, clearer skin.
Your stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, is your skin barrier. It's the first line of defense between you and the outside environment, preventing irritants from entering the body. It also helps to keep moisture sealed in, which keeps your skin hydrated. There is a misconception that your outer layer of skin - the stratum corneum - is merely a buildup of “dead cells”. In fact, your stratum corneum is highly biologically active. Over-exfoliation and use of too many actives or harsh ingredients can further exacerbate skin problems, as it breaks down your stratum corneum. When your outermost layer becomes damaged, this can show up as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne vulgaris.
Consistency is key.
Skincare is not a one-time fix, it is a lifelong practice. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Using the right products every day, no matter what your skin type or concerns, is essential for seeing results.
As a general rule, you should start to see real changes in your skin after one to three months of consistent use. The turnover rate of skin cells is roughly 30 days. This means that it will typically take a few months to start seeing results from your skincare.
When it comes to skincare, it’s all about patience. That’s why we recommend sticking to your Phyla routine for at least 60 days. This allows enough time for the product to work on a cellular level. Plus, the more consistent you are, the better the results!
Choose the right products.
Not all skincare products are created equal, and choosing the right ones is key to achieving healthy skin. Look for products that contain natural, nourishing ingredients, and avoid those that contain harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Pay attention to your skin's reactions to different products, and adjust your routine accordingly.
In conclusion, treating your skin harshly and using harsh products is not the answer to achieving perfect skin. By treating our skin with care and respect, using the right products consistently, and trusting in our skin's innate processes, we can achieve healthy, nourished skin.