As my life moves forward and we plan our little family, i can’t help but look back on my upbringing and wander what i will do differently, or which values i want to transfer to our little minds.
Being a beauty therapist, skin care comes up straight away.
When i think of my teenage products, i basically would choose what ever packaging jumped out at me while wandering through Coles with my mum. She naturally allowed me to throw it in the trolley and trusted what i had chosen. Mind you i had NO idea what i was doing. I didn’t know my skin type or condition and was just winging it! (I didn’t even know there was such thing as a skin type or condition. I thought we all had the same skin).
I don’t blame my mum for not educating me as a teenage girl on skin care or how to take care of my skin, as she didn’t know any differently. I’m quite sure my Nan washes her face with water and a face cloth!
I was blessed with a balanced skin. I rarely had breakouts as a teen and still don’t, but my sister was the opposite. She suffered from teenage acne, triggered at puberty by hormonal imbalances. Mum bought her the classic Proactive skin subscription, and she only used one or two rounds as we couldn’t afford the monthly subscription. Seeking professional advice from a trained beauty therapist was never a conversation. We as young girls never even thought of it and i guess mum just didn’t either. BUT if she was booked in to see the right beauty therapist, it would have saved allot of guessing, flare ups, embarrassment and acne scars.
We are pregnant with a little boy, and regardless of his gender i will educate him on his skin the same way as i would if we were having a girl, skin care doesn’t discriminate via gender, although our hormones are a different story! I have quite a few male clients (both teen, pre-teen and adult).
I will be supporting their skin from the early ages of 12, to balance its growth and give it the nutrients it needs as it begins to face so many internal changes.
Skin care isn’t important to everyone, but after seeing the conditions that a store bought brand can cause, the impact it has on our acid mantle and the skin barrier disorders that can than stem from, its moved to the top of my priority list.
All of this being said, we need to look at hormonal skin changes from a holistic point of view. A change in your skin care won’t fix your hormonal flare ups, as they are HORMONAL, but it will give the skin the nutrients it needs to build stronger building blocks from the basal layer of the Integumentary system, and allow your skin cells to grow healthy and strong. We also want to aim at allowing your skin to build a healthy skin barrier to protect it from free radicals and keep its nutrients inside. (for more info on this, i highly recommend purchasing the book Skinside Out from our online store)
I guess the moral of my story is that my child’s skin is high on my priority list, is yours?