Resetting Your Skin’s Natural Processes

What if I told you that healthy skin requires a minimalist skin routine? That all you really need is a couple of products to keep your skin happy? Would you believe me?

For those of you who know me, you may understand, but the majority of people will not because for years, the beauty industry has brain-washed us into thinking more is better when it comes to skin health. But, I’m here to undo everything that the beauty industry has taught you because there are many things I’ve learned throughout my 18 years in the beauty industry, and the biggest lesson is that the conventional beauty industry has failed us when it comes to skin health. They have failed to teach us how the skin functions, and instead feed us false hopes and promises of topical cures for acne, rosacea, even aging. When you learn how your skin functions, and I’m not talking just the 0.1mm layer of skin that we see and treat, but also the other 0.6mm beneath that where all of the life occurs in the skin, your view of topical skin care will begin to positively change. You’ll no longer want to attack your skin or force it in any way. Instead, you will want to support its natural processes, nourish it, massage it and help it find its perfect balance.

Are you curious?

My hope is that after you start practicing the Skin Reset ritual, you will continue with these daily routines indefinitely. Externally, this truly is all your skin needs, regardless of your skin type or condition.

I know for some of you, that’s going to be hard to stick to because for years the beauty industry has sold us 9 step skin care routines. Every spa that I ever worked at when I first came out of school sold lines that preyed on the insecurities of women. In order to meet our sales quotas and not fear getting reprimanded by the boss, we were forced to sell these these ridiculous, completely unnecessary, multi-product routines in order for the spa to profit more. Yet while working at those spas, I always noticed that the women with the healthiest skin were ALWAYS the ones who did the least to their skin. And I used to wonder, “how is that possible”? Because in school, I was never taught about minimalist routines.

We think that more is better when it comes to skin care because we have been misled to believe that. I see Instagram posts of beauty cabinets full of 20-30 products but honestly, using multiple products causes more harm than good. When you begin to really understand how this intricate, intelligent organ that envelopes your entire body works, and my plan is to teach everyone within my reach about this, we understand that we need to stop trying to force our skin to act in unnatural ways.

We often forget that our skin is an organ. Just like our livers know how to detoxify and our hearts know to pump blood without us forcing either one of them, our skin is capable, believe it or not, all on its own of moisturizing, exfoliating and healing itself without the need for multiple skin care products. In fact, using multiple products just throws the skin’s innate ability for a loop and disrupts its natural function.

Imagine yourself running a 5 km marathon. Every 100 meters you have someone fully stop you in your track forcing you to eat something. They think they’re helping you by providing you with extra energy but each time you eat one of those snacks, your body gets weighed down and can’t run as fast. Will this help you win that race? Not at all.

You see, just like our heart doesn’t need us patting it in order for it to beat, and our kidneys don’t need us pounding on our back for them to work, our skin does not need to have us constantly reminding it to function. It is really important that we understand this so that we can stop trying to force our skin to act in unnatural ways and let it care for us and protect us in the way that it is designed to do. Our skin is so intricate, so intelligent, and in order to have healthy skin and age gracefully, we must respect it, trust it and listen to it. Your skin protects you and heals you all the time.

In fact, every so called flaw you see on your skin is your skin’s way of communicating with you. Premature aging, skin conditions, they’re all a reflection of our body’s inner state.

Now I want you to really think about that for a moment. Because if we are experiencing acne, or premature signs of aging, that’s our body letting us know that something is . They are symptoms of a larger, internal problem. So if we mask those symptoms using multiple products, or we start getting botox and fillers to hide of all of these so-called flaws, how can we properly take care of our body when we’re cutting off its way of communicating with us. By doing this, it’s almost like unplugging the fire alarms in your house and being asleep when a fire starts. There’s no warning, then all of a sudden we wake up when it’s almost too late, or sometimes, even after it’s too late. This is what we’re doing to our body when we ignore symptoms and ignore root causes. When we mask our body’s ability to show us symptoms, it will still try to communicate with us, but we will not hear those messages. Some people might be ok with that, but for anyone who wants full body health, this idea is scary.

Now going back for a second, when I talk about multiple products being unnecessary, I’m not suggesting that skincare products and treatments are not necessary. They most definitely have their place in a healthy skincare routine. The problem with the beauty industry is that there are too many steps, too many bad ingredients, and too many products that claim to help but are actually detrimental to the skin. Ingredients like harsh soaps, surfactants, detergents, acids, peels, over-exfoliation, synthetic preservatives, and imbalanced pH levels all completely disrupt the skin’s natural functions and processes. These ingredients force the skin to act in unnatural ways to create a bandaid effect…. To mask the problem and pretend it’s not there, rather than look at the internal, much deeper root cause. The natural processes that these ingredients all disrupt are important for maintaining hydration, cell turnover (which is your skin’s own natural ability to exfoliate itself), as well as skin healing and renewal. These ingredients harm our skin’s microbiome, which yes, we do have a skin microbiome just like the one in our gut. It’s very delicate and needs to be respected and taken care of. These harsh ingredients also wipe away our skin’s acid mantle, which is our skin’s natural protective barrier. When you are using multiple products, or any of the ingredients I just mentioned, you are literally accelerating the aging process, and you’re also preventing your skin from healing. That’s why people spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on topical products in attempt to erase what they don’t like about their skin and yet these products rarely produce the results they promise, especially long-term. It’s a vicious cycle!

Your skin cleanses, detoxifies, moisturizes, hydrates, exfoliates, heals and renews itself from the inside out. Not from the outside in. So when we finally understand this, we can learn to stop trying to use products to erase what we don’t like, and instead, support our skin by using products that will stimulate its natural processes. Healthy, balanced skin naturally glows from the inside out, there is no doubt about this, and we want to achieve that inside-out glow, our inner glow.

Our skin’s job is to protect us and keep us whole. When the skin is healthy and strong, it keeps moisture in so that all of our organs stay hydrated and can function optimally.

Our also keeps invaders out, preventing invasion from the outside world from getting in, such as bacteria, viruses, pathogens… which may I add that all skin conditions are caused by a form of bacteria in the body but that’s a whole other topic in itself. The skin also protects our inner body from pollutants, allergens, and UV rays.

I want you to imagine your skin cells like a brick wall, with all of the cells stacked together like bricks. When the skin becomes compromised, which can happen through improper product choices and lifestyle choices, this “brick wall” gets cracks in it. When this happens, water can evaporate causing excessive dryness, dehydration, and aging. And those invaders that I just mentioned previously make their way in, and can cause skin sensitivity, breakouts and inflammation.

Our skin has its own protective barrier, called the acid mantle. It is found on the very top layer of the skin. It’s a very delicate film, made up of our skin’s natural oils and sweat. It is this, along with our microbiome, and protective barrier that protect the skin and body from bacteria, viruses and other invaders. Just like how our skin protects our internal organs, these essential elements of the skin protect our skin.

Our skin’s acid mantle has a slightly acidic pH balance of around 5.5. When functioning optimally, this acid mantle is what keeps our skin healthy, preventing those cracks in our “brick wall”. When the acid mantle is balanced, the skin is soft, smooth and dewy. But when the acid mantle is not in balance, the skin will be more prone to excessive oiliness, dryness, accelerated aging, as well as skin conditions like acne, eczema and skin conditions and sensitivities.

With understanding of this, I wanted to create a new routine using products already within the line that would reset the skin’s acid mantle and be balanced with the skin. Pollution and artificial air and heat can disrupt the acid mantle and the skin’s microbiome, so we need to be nourishing it in order to support our skin. Radiant Soul, one of the products in the kit, actually feeds the beneficial bacteria on the skin in order to strengthen them so they can take care of the bad guys. And when Radiant Soul and Calm are mixed together in really small quantities, combined with water, I created the perfect pH balanced, and nourishment to keep the skin healthy and balanced. This Skin ReSet Kit and massage routine combined will help support your skin’s acid mantle and microbiome, keeping your skin protected while also stimulating your skin’s natural processes from within. The result will be balanced, healthy, and radiantly glowing skin.

Once you learn this routine, please stick with it. If after using this routine, you are seeing breakouts or signs of aging, take a moment to thank your body for communicating with you and then feel free to reach out to me. It’s important to remember that topical products will not heal your skin conditions. Only internal work can be done for that. But by balancing your skin’s microbiome and pH levels, the external side of your skin is balanced. So, together, we can look inward to find the root cause and heal your entire body as a whole.

In this routine, simply make the effort to be present for your skin, for your body, and for yourself. Enjoy these moments of self care, breathe deeply, and take care of yourself. Stress and worry are the worst things for skin conditions and especially aging. Nothing will break our body’s down more quickly than stress. Move your body to get your lymphatic system flowing, in order to strengthen your immune system, eat lots of fruits and veggies. Drink plenty of water. This may seem like a lot of suggestions, but the most important takeaway that I want you to remember from this, is that without our health, what do we have left? Please don’t ever make yourself too busy to take care of yourself. Healthy skin is found on a healthy body. When we take good care of our body, our skin reflects that.

Thank you so much for trusting in me to help you take care of your most delicate organ. It truly is an honour and I am so excited to see you positive change your routine and your skin.

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About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care.