The lovely summer weather brings with it (for me at least) an increase in skin shininess and the odd breakout, thankfully controlled by the Purity Serum and Balance Fluid. But how do our natural blemish treatments actually 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 also 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. But the good news is 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 which is proven to reduce 5 alpha reductase and also oil production by 56%. Inside out tip: You can also work on 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 oil deficiencies.
Bacteria in the blocked pore 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%.
Natural blemish treatments in the S5 range
Purity Serum £44
Targeted natural blemish treatments for blemish prone skin with rainforest bioactives to reduce the appearance of blemishes & pores for a clearer complexion.
Rainforest Blemish Blend produced from 3 Amazonian bioactives that have a synergistic effect on blemish prone skin without causing irritation. In clinical tests, it was found to reduce the appearance of blemishes by 43%.
Alpine Bioactives reduce oil production by 55%, the appearance of pores by 18% and 5 alpha reductase (the acne inflammatory mechanism) production by 66%. 2% Salicylic Acid equivalent derived from willow bark boosts cellular renewal.
Balance Fluid £39
Advanced anti-ageing moisturiser for normal-oily, sensitive skin with age defying alpine, arctic and marine bioactives to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, balance & protect for a matte, clear complexion.
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 skin, reduces skin hyper reactivity and stimulates epidermal regeneration.