Lessons from the manzanita tree...
Often growing in drier climates, it is renowned for its smooth bark that annually flakes and peels off. Your dry, flaky skin can probably relate to the flakiness of the manzanita’s bark, while your pimple-free skin can relate to its smoothness (the upside of dry skin to be thankful for!) And similarly to the bark, the flaking occurs as a reaction to ward off harmful bacteria (amongst other reasons!). Nourish dry skin with mineral rich oils and butters. Check out our Baume Réparateur for deep moisture and nutrition, or our Arborescent Serum for an indulgent saturation.
Learn about warding off the drying effects of too much sun exposure.
Wisdom from the Bald Cypress Trees (Taxodium distichum)
The Bald Cypress trees...
Inhabits the swamp lands and humid climate of the Southeastern United States. The climate on your skin may feel similar- slick, damp, and/or saturated. Furthermore, the bald cypress grows cypress knees, which are woody projections that pop up from the smooth surface of the water that they grow in. Often oily skin is prone to blemishes and acnes that disrupt the smooth surface of your skin. The growth of the bald cypresses slow significantly when planted in dry climates. So we are thinking your oil production may slow significantly when you create a drier environment for it. Though remember - our skin needs a balance of healthy oils so be sure not to strip it off this protective layer. Pimples love a good drawing mask that doesn’t overly dry, while adding deep nourishment. Check out our Kelp Forest Face Mask for a soothing and clearing experience. And maybe even the Black Cedar Soap for a refreshing cleanse that won’t strip off the beneficial oils your skin needs for balance.
Is acne troubling you? Check out our indulgent chocolate truffle recipe that is packed with magnesium - a mineral considered beneficial for acne-prone skin.
The Red Maple...
Noted for its ability to grow and adapt to any conditions - even those of opposite extremes. Your skin, similarly, might be one extreme in some parts and the other extreme elsewhere. Your forehead, nose and chin (the T-Zone) may be oily while your cheeks feel dry! Kind of all over the place, like the Red Maple. Furthermore, care for the red maple, like care for your skin, can be confusing. You want to hydrate the dry parts without adding too much moisture to the oily parts. The key is to tap into the particular location you are working with. For the oily parts of your skin, maybe only add your moisturizer once a day but use a toner more regularly. For the dry parts, add moisture more frequently. A red maple growing in a drier climate, will need more frequent waterings than a red maple growing in a damp environment. Thanks for the tip, red maple! Heed the maple’s advice by trying out our balancing and refreshing Black Cedar Soap, with a follow up of our Regenerative Elixir on the drier parts.
Just be sure you aren't being greenwashed when purchasing skin care ingredients! What is that you ask?
Lessons from the Sorrel Tree (Oxydendrum arboreum)
Like the sorrel tree, your skin can feel finicky and difficult to manage. The sorrel tree, at times, has a magnificent display of red foliage. And well, sensitive skin can similarly turn red upon irritation. For sorrel trees to thrive and flourish, they need to be growing in a specific, well-supported and diverse ecosystem. Mainly - they want to be growing in the forest. Sensitive skin could take notes - our skin, like our gut, has a delicate balance of bacteria (both good and bad) and maintaining a healthy and diverse eco-system on top of our skin will help promote resilience and peace. The sorrel trees prefer growing in the forest because of its unsurpassable air and soil quality. Ok sorrel trees, us sensitive skin folk will also seek out clean air and environmental conditions. It also wouldn’t hurt to soothe skin, calm redness and prevent blotchiness with our Regenerative Elixir. The Black Cedar Soap is nourishing and soothing to sensitive skin as well.
Be sure you are staying clear of unnecessary and sneaky toxins in your skincare routine by reading up on greenwashing here.
Wisdom from the Redwood Trees (Sequoia sempervirens)
Like a redwood tree, your skin is tough, strong and can basically survive through any type of chaos that would throw most other skin-types off for a loop. Fire, for example, only furthers seedling renewal amongst the redwoods. Fire actually ensures their survival. Translate this to your skin and we see an effective capability for your skin to generate new cells, even when under stress. The trunks of redwoods go up for ages before we see branches sprouting out. Your skin, for ages, has a smooth texture, an even skin tone, and pretty much remains blemish-free! To maintain the homeostasis, we recommend checking out our nourishing Ocean Friendly Sunblock to prevent any sun damage. And don’t forget to treat your skin with our Arborescent Serum.
We've got some fun DIY recipes using redwood or other pine needles!
Lessons from the Bristlecone Pine Tree (Pinus longaeva)
What do we admire so much about trees? Certainly their ability to withstand Mother Nature and survive through it all. Bristlecone pines wear their age loud and proud and we love them for that. And hey, maybe your skin can weather the elements like the Bristlecone Pine. In fact, the Bristlecone Pines don't just grow in adverse conditions, they actually live to be the oldest trees in the world even in a tough environment! Bad-ass or what?! The Bristlecone Pines live in dry soil and their bark looks tough yet weathered, and sometimes your skin can feel dry and a bit weathered too. To nourish and deeply hydrate the sometimes weathered skin, massage our Baume Réparateur, and then protect your skin from the sun with our Ocean Friendly Sunblock.
Read up on the important differentiation between sunblock and sunscreens here. Plus how to navigate their tricky labels!