Whilst summer sun is a treat that lifts our moods and provides a much-needed hit of vitamin D, if you have skin concerns such as blemishes or acne, it can exacerbate the problem.
We often see an increase in skin shininess and the odd breakout, which we control with our Purity Serum and Balance Fluid. But how do our natural blemish treatments work? Let's take a closer look.
The 3 main causes of blemishes are:
- Excess oil production
- Cell proliferation
EXCESS OIL PRODUCTION
Raised levels of testosterone (caused by puberty, hormone imbalances or stress) are converted in the skin to dihydroxytestosterone (DHT) by the enzyme 5 alpha reductase.
This stimulates the skin to produce oil and makes it sore and inflamed. Summer heat and sweat don't help either as they stimulate oil production and the sweat contains ammonia, which is a skin irritant.
The good news is that you can reduce the activity of 5 alpha-reductase by using the natural blemish treatments Purity Serum and the Balance Fluid, which both contain the natural Alpine herb Epilobium Fleisheri - proven to reduce 5 alpha reductase and also oil production by 56%.
Inside out tip: You could also explore your diet as research shows that diets higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates prevent the production of DHT.
Blemish prone skin produces more skin cells than normal skin and they tend to stick together, especially if there is excess sebum, into a plug which can become infected and turn into a spot.
The Purity Serum contains a low-level dose of salicylic acid from willow bark extract, which gently helps to loosen dead skin cells and unblocks pores.
Try using our Vitality Mask for more exfoliation, which contains Biospecific Marine Enzymes that reduce pore size and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections by 61%.
Inside out tip: Make sure you have enough essential fatty acids in your diet as this proliferation of cells could be partly caused by essential fatty oil deficiencies.
Bacteria in blocked pores break the sebum down into free fatty acids causing irritation and redness and an infection or blemish.
In the Purity Serum's Rainforest Blemish Blend, there is a powerful Amazonian antibacterial called Andiroba as well as 2 other extracts which work together to reduce the appearance of blemishes by up to 42%.
WHAT ARE THE KEY INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR TO MANAGE YOUR BLEMISH PRONE SKIN
Alpine Bioactives - reduce oil production by 55%, the appearance of pores by 18% and 5 alpha reductase (the acne inflammatory mechanism) production by 66%.
Marine Laminaria - protects against sun damage and electromagnetic radiation, reinforces the lipid barrier, neutralises UV stress, protects Langerhans cells, stops the cycle of inflammation leading to ageing, reduces cellular UV damage. In clinical trials, significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin firmness.
Arctic Rhodiola - ecologically harvested from the alpine meadows of Siberia, this adaptogen helps the skin adapt to stress caused by temperatures fluctuations. It also improves oxygen consumption by up to 130% thereby improving skin vitality. Clinically proven to improve cellular viability in very cold and very hot conditions.
Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid - locks moisture into the skin, reduces skin hyper-reactivity and stimulates epidermal regeneration.