Our skin tells a story
The breath tells the story of the nervous system, while physical sensation shines light on old wounds manifesting through the aches and pains. And our skin, in direct relation to our internal state of being and that of the external world, shows it all.
Our skin tells a story.
A stressed body is a depleted body. When breath is shallow, rapid and restricted, the nervous system has kicked into high gear and is telling the body it's in danger. Muscles are tense, blood flow is restricted to critical organs only (spoiler alert: not the skin), as the physical body gears up to either fight or run for its life. While we want the nervous system to move into this state of response when a real danger presents, the problem is that we're finding ourselves here more often, and for longer periods than necessary. When the body is in a chronic state of 'fight-flight' it's simply not focused on other crucial duties. We fail to digest and process nutrients from food, our immune system becomes suppressed, sleep patterns disturbed, and our skin doesn't receive what it needs for optimum cell function.
A depleted body, is a depleted skin. Poor circulation means the lower layers of the skin aren't being nourished with healthy blood and lymph, while a sluggish lymphatic system creates a backlog of waste and toxins. Energetic stagnation can be seen as a dull, lack-lustre complexion, while a contracted state of fear leads to deep muscular tension and unhealthy holding patterns in the body. Emotions of anger and irritation burn like wild fire through the body, manifesting with inflammation and excess heat, resulting in dryness, dehydration, and increased sensitivities. The skins microbiome is in direct relation to that of our gut, and disturbances in either can be seen through acne, eczema patches, or rosacea flare ups. The wound healing process is impaired and compromised immunity allows viral, fungal, or bacterial conditions to surface. The flow on effects are endless.
What if we see the skin as an entry point to investigate the impact that our internal and external environment has on our vitality and wellbeing?
First, we give thanks to the skin for all it shows us. We investigate these whispers (or screams) of visual clues with kindness and compassion. We work to support the skin topically while unraveling the deeper layers to expose the underlying root cause of disharmony. The healing work begins with simple observation and awareness, while stillness and gentle, restorative touch initiates the move back towards a state of balance and harmony. Then we honour our body, our entire being, by giving back and nurturing the skin with the essential nutrients it needs.
I work with a wide selection of plants, each with their own powerful therapeutic and energetic properties. I so often talk about the aromatic nature of plants, and while these hold their own potent plant medicine, it's the pressed plant oils that lay the foundation for optimum skin health and are the building blocks upon which I formulated each and every product within the Aromatology range. Pressed from the fruit or seed of a plant, oils such as Avocado, Seabuckthorn Berry, Baobab, Camellia, Raspberry and Rosehip Seeds (to name a few) ... hold the skin-loving, essential fatty acids omega - 3,6,7, and 9, provide fat soluble vitamins A, D and E, and vibrant carotenoids and chlorophyll, plus many more valuable phytonutrients to replenish all skin types and any skin condition.
Plants are the key to skin health.
An offering that sits alongside the Aromatology core collection (at no extra cost) is the Bespoke Service. Maybe you have a specific requirement right now, a preference towards a particular aromatic profile, a known allergy you want to avoid, or just like the idea of something being made intentionally with you in mind. The process is simple and allows you to be a part of the creation process with as much or as little input as you want. This is a unique approach to skin health and one which resonates deeply with me and the way I create.
And finally, as we navigate these new times, be sure not to underestimate the power of rest. Winter is here and this season invites us to turn inwards, slow down, and rest. Take a moment to pause, placing one hand on your heart space, the other on the lower belly. Tune into the rhythm of the natural flow of breath and feel each hand move, no matter how subtle that movement. Slow the breath, deepen the breath — this leads the way home. The body knows what to do, we just need to get out of its way.