Often growing in drier climates, it is renowned for its smooth bark that annually flakes and peels off. Your skin tends to be dry, and can perhaps relate to the flakiness of the manzanita’s bark, while your likely blemish-free skin can relate to its smoothness (the common upside of dry skin to be thankful for!) And similarly to the bark, the flaking, a sign of dryness, occurs as a reaction to ward off harmful bacteria (amongst other reasons!). Nourish dry skin with mineral rich oils and butters to enhance your skin’s barrier function. This function is our body’s first line of immune defense - making it extra important to stay hydrated. Check out our Baume Réparateur for deep moisture and nutrition, or our Arborescent Serum for an indulgent saturation.
Suggested product: Check out our Baume Réparateur for deep moisture and nutrition.Recommended reads: We debunk a common misconception in the skincare industry in this article, “Should You Wash Your Face With Soap”
Wisdom from the Bald Cypress Trees (Taxodium distichum)
I Inhabit the swamp lands and humid climate of the Southeastern United States. Your skin, like me, is often moist, and you may consider yourself to have oily skin. Occasionally, my cypress knees protrude from the smooth surface of the rivers and swamps in which I grow. Similarly, oily skin can be prone to blemishes that disrupt the smooth surface of the skin. My cypress knees are an adaptation to the environment in which I live, making me resilient. I have a feeling that stabilizing your skin’s environment (its microbiome) could help neutralize oil production and keep blemishes at bay.
Suggested product: Kelp Forest Face Mask & Polish will bring deep nourishment, draw out toxins, and leave a silky smooth finish to your skin. The scent will transport you to the coastal trails of sunny California.Suggested read: Why Seaweed Should Be a Staple In Your Home goes on to explain the incredible benefits of seaweed for your skin and overall health.
The Red Maple is noted for its ability to grow and adapt to any conditions - even those of opposite extremes. Because this maple can grow in all types of weather, the care and maintenance protocol can be confusing. Your combination skin is similar - the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) may be prone to more oil, while your cheeks may tend to feel dry. This can make a proper skin care approach confusing! A red maple growing in a drier climate, will need more frequent waterings than a red maple growing in a damp environment. Heed the maple’s advice, by treating the oily and drier parts differently.
Suggested products: Any of our jojoba oil based facial oils: Regenerative Rose Elixir, Arborescent Serum, Woodlands pour homme because of jojoba’s neutralizing abilities. Recommended read: The most exquisite Jojoba and its skin benefits explains why jojoba is the perfect oil for combination skin
Lessons from the Sorrel Tree (Oxydendrum arboreum)
The Sorrel Tree is particularly sensitive to its environment. At times, it has a beautiful display of red foliage. Your skin, similarly, is sensitive to its environment and to what you put on it. When it isn’t happy, it may be blotchy, red, or irritated. For the Sorrel Tree to thrive and flourish, it needs to be growing in a specific, well-supported and diverse ecosystem. Mainly - it wants to be growing in the forest (and your skin likely feels great somewhere as fresh and pristine as a forest, too). Our skin is our body’s first interface with the environment, so its structure needs to be in tip top shape. What does this come down to? Keep your skin fully hydrated!
Suggested product: Arborescent Serum to moisturize, nourish, and strengthen the skin’s defense.Recommended reads: Sensitive skin needs to be extra careful about using non-toxic skincare. Make sure you find out, Are You Being Greenwashed?
Wisdom from the Redwood Trees (Sequoia sempervirens)
Like a redwood tree, your skin is resilient and can remain healthy and vibrant through any type of chaos that would throw most other skin-types off for a loop. Redwoods can withstand fire, insects, and rot that would devastate many other trees. In fact, fire actually encourages seedling renewal. How are redwoods so resistant to fire? Well for one, their thick trunks are able to store a lot of water. Similarly, we think your balanced skin type, just like all skin types, will remain healthy with ample hydration.
Recommended product: Want to smell like you’ve been hanging out in the damp redwood forest? Try our Black Cedar Soap, or our Woodlands pour homme facial oil.Suggested read: And don’t forget - no skin type can get away without the proper use of a good sunblock! Learn the difference between sunblock and sunscreen here.
Lessons from the Bristlecone Pine Tree (Pinus longaeva)
What can we all admire about trees? For one, their ability to withstand Mother Nature and grow more beautiful as they endure each passing storm. Your lifestyle, and perhaps your skin too, has weathered many adventures and you’ve grown more mature, wise, and exquisite with each passing year. The Bristlecone Pine, in particular, is a magnificent display of time turned beauty. The Bristlecones Pine grow in adverse conditions and live to be the oldest trees in the world! They live in dry soil and their bark looks tough and resilient. To nourish mature skin, moisturize with rich and luxurious oils and butters.
Recommended product: Our Regenerative Elixir for an antioxidant and nourishing facial oil. The scent will transport you to a sunshine filled rose garden.Suggested Read: We’ve Combed Through The Latest Anti Aging Skin Care Trends So You Don’t Have To