THE END OF 2021 COULD NOT HAVE COME ANY SOONER, WITH MANY OF US DESPERATE TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON AND START WITH A FRESH SLATE COME JANUARY 1ST.
The beginning of a new year is also a great time to reset your skincare routine, taking advantage of your refreshed outlook and renewed mindset and channelling this into your self care. If there’s one trend we’re happy to take with us from 2021 into this year, it’s glowing, healthy skin. A professional-grade home skin regimen is absolutely imperative in attaining and maintaining this and will assist you in achieving your skincare goals all year long, and well into the future.
REPAIRING STRESSED SKIN
One of the most common skin concerns of 2021 was sensitisation and irritation. Elevated cortisol levels, as a result of prolonged high stress levels, can have dramatic and lasting effects on skin health, most prominently inflammation. Not only can inflammation cause sensitisation, including redness, tingling, stinging, flaking, or reactions to products you may never have reacted badly to before, but inflammation also leads to reactive oxygen species – aka free radicals. To put simply, free radicals are highly unstable molecules that roam around in search of a spare electron they can scavenge from another molecule, and when this occurs, it can destabilise and destroy whatever substance this has been taken from – including tissue, collagen, or essential skin lipids. In turn, this vastly accelerates the ageing process.
Another major concern of 2021, also linked with sensitisation, was dermatitis, particularly perioral (around the mouth). Stress coupled with mask-wearing throughout the pandemic has caused many people's skin barrier to become impaired. The result? Skin that is inflamed and permeable, with microflora levels becoming disrupted and harmful bacteria overwhelming the helpful. Our natural defences are disrupted, allowing infections and breakouts to occur; natural moisturisation is impaired, resulting in poor skin quality; and poor microcirculation, due to lack of oxygen, can result in impaired skin turnover and vascular issues.
SOOTHE & REBUILD
So how does one go about restoring their barrier function, reducing sensitivity and rebuilding skin strength? Many active skincare ingredients may be too intense for stressed and sensitised skin, including exfoliating acids like glycolic and salicylic, and even some vitamin C serums.
Our 3 Step Everyday Cacay Collection is designed to help improve the skin’s overall appearance, texture and clarity, while soothing redness and irritation and rebuilding the skin to its former glory. Each product has been designed to work cohesively with one another for optimal results, and with the convenience of an all-in-one pack, you don't need to worry about the complexity and confusion of deciding which individual products your skin needs. This carefully-curated pack has been formulated to make your skin more resilient and increase its protective mechanisms through a delicate balance of nourishing botanicals and calming plant oils that will rebalance your skin and rectify underlying issues. Not only is the 3 Step Everyday Cacay Collection the perfect refresh and reset for reactive skins, but it’s the ideal solution for those experiencing breakouts, congestion or fluctuations in general skin health due to overindulgence during the festive season.
REPAIR LOST COLLAGEN
With inflammation comes free radicals, and with free radicals comes collagen degradation. Since collagen provides structure and support (picture it like our skin’s natural scaffolding), a loss of collagen is one of the primary causes of signs of ageing. As collagen fibres degrade and deplete, wrinkles begin to form, sagging occurs, and the face begins to show a hollowed appearance. It is for this reason that one of the best strategies to stave off signs of ageing is to protect our existing collagen and stimulate formation of new collagen in the skin. Antioxidants can be used to neutralise free radicals and protect skin from the destruction they cause – this is particularly important in those experiencing inflammation, and thereby more prone to elevated free radical activity. Internal supplementation can be a powerful way to stimulate proliferation of new collagen, transforming the skin from the inside out.
Look out for the following ingredients to boost the collagen production:
- Vitamin C – required to assist the collagen formation process
- Hyaluronic Acid – encourages enhanced moisture retention levels throughout the body
- Superoxide Dismutase and Resveratrol – most powerful, evidence-backed antioxidants, included to reduce systemic inflammation by lowering reactive oxygen species
- Aloe Vera – chosen for their soothing, prebiotic properties, supporting the digestive system’s microbiome, in turn improving gut health, which has shown significant correlation with optimal skin health and reduced systemic inflammation
Suitable for all skin types. NAYA's 3 Step Everyday Cacay Collection features:
Everyday Cleansing Oil
Gently removes makeup, impurities and pollutants without further disrupting your natural skin barrier. Soothing and luscious plant oils help soothe and repair the skin and leave microflora intact while effectively removing congestion and impurities.
Everyday Glow Serum SERUM
Hydrates and calms the skin containing a powerful blend of soothing antioxidants and adaptogens that defend the skin against environmental aggressors.
Everyday Day Cream
Delivers gentle hydration with lightweight moisture and a non-greasy texture. Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid are anti-ageing powerhouses whilst hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the complexion.
Everyday Face Oil
Our Everyday Face Oil is skin food that provide year-round protection by feeding and nurturing your skin and protecting the skin barrier, amplifying anti-ageing nutrition, increasing hydration, calming irritation and promoting skin renewal.
If you’re thinking a new skincare routine may seem like somewhat of a clichéd New Year’s resolution, it doesn’t have to be. Instead, why not consider it more of a mindset overhaul? It’s about much more than just a new pack of products. It’s about creating long term, sustainable goals, and with progression that is realistic for your personal lifestyle and budget. Start with bite sized changes to your existing approach, grow to love your routine, base your goals around the why, instead of the what.
AND DON’T FORGET – IF YOU EVER FEEL IN NEED OF SOME ADDITIONAL ADVICE OR GUIDANCE THAT IS CUSTOMISED TO YOU, SARAH IS JUST A FEW CLICKS AWAY VIA VIRTUAL CONSULTATION.
Happy New Year!
PS: And if not sure, why not try our Everyday Essential Kit!