Did you know that your skin is a living thing in more ways than one? The skin microbiome, a diverse community of microorganisms that reside on the skin's surface, plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health.
We all know that our skin secretes sebum. For those of us with eczema, too little of it. For those of us with acne, too much. Sebum contains all sorts of amazing substances which help fight bacteria, infection and anything harmful that could threaten to enter our bodies. It also lubricates our skin without which we literally wouldn’t be able to move, and every day would be a bad hair day.
Sanitising our hands has become so frequent nowadays that it is becoming harder and harder to avoid the damage it's doing to our skin. Most hand sanitisers are at least 60% alcohol and often more, they can be harsh on normal skin, and much more so on skin that’s dry and sensitive or affected by eczema or dermatitis.
Camellia is an amazing plant which is one of the longest-lived and hardiest known. In Japan and China, the oldest living camellias are still flowering despite being over 500 years old, and it’s not uncommon to find camellias over a hundred years old (the oldest in Australia was planted in 1831!). With amazing regenerative qualities, it isn’t surprising that in many parts of Asia its seeds are prized and have been used by the legendary geishas of Japan for centuries.
With all the chemicals out there, it’s no wonder that skin problems, from eczema and psoriasis to acne and persistent dryness, are aplenty. Now, instead of slathering our skin in synthetics, dousing it with fragrances, and covering it in make-up, why not give your skin the much-needed break it deserves?