inflammation & reactivity
a holistic perspective on sensitive skin.
Your skin is an accurate barometer of your overall health. When your skin is inflamed or reactive, it's probably a warning light that something internal is out of balance. Although the culprit is generally found somewhere in your digestive system (the skin & digestive system are closely linked), it's sometimes caused by other things (e.g. an autoimmune condition, an allergy, etc). We recommend finding a super-sleuth natural doctor to team up with, in addition to the calming & healing products below.
Sea Change is a savior for cranky skin in need of barrier repair (symptoms- dryness, redness, flaking, rash, active inflammation). Scoop out a pea-sized amount of Sea Change and massage it onto dry skin with dry hands, then massage a bit more with wet hands to fully emulsify (it'll turn milky). Then rinse off with cool water, or use a soft, damp cloth to remove. We recommend cleansing only in the evening if your skin is inflamed or reactive, and using a toner or hydrolat in the morning as a wipe-on mini cleanse. With inflamed skin, less is more.
Star Keeper is a calming & firming mist starring a quartet of healing, calming, regenerating minerals (gold, silver, copper & silica) in a matrix of cooling & hydrating cucumber and aloe. We recommend using Star Keeper as a morning mini-cleanse. Mist several pumps onto a damp cotton round or reusable cotton pad, and wipe gently onto face & neck prior to applying your daytime skin routine. You can also mist it directly onto your face in the evening following Sea Change Cleansing Balm to prime your skin for nighttime nutrients.
This aloe & rose gelcream offers instant calming for reactive & inflamed skin. Sweetbriar is the ultimate multitasker- it can be used as a hydrating & calming mask (seven pumps), a lightweight daytime moisturizer (three pumps), a hydrating undereye serum (a tiny drop), it can be layered on top of a balm at nighttime to lock in moisture (two pumps), and our favorite way to use it is to mix two pumps of Sweetbriar with 3 drops of an oilserum to create a bespoke emulsion.
Flying Dreams is a stunningly silky brightening & calming oilserum slow-infused with matcha, comfrey & plantain to speed healing, as well as lavender & yarrow to actively calm inflammation and strengthen capillaries. For an ultra-calming daytime moisture emulsion, we recommend mixing three drops of Flying Dreams with two pumps of Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar.
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Talisman is truly a good luck charm for those with chronic inflammation-related skin issues like eczema, rosacea, perioral (or other random) dermatitis, etc. Talisman is an ultra-rich, ultra-healing nighttime moisturizer for inflamed skin in need of barrier repair. Apply a lentil-sized dab to face & neck after cleansing and toning with Sea Change & Star Keeper. Layer a few pumps of Sweetbriar atop Talisman if your skin runs very dry to seal in moisture.