The Core of Rosel Heim nature+science Skin Care
Since the 1960’s, scientific knowledge of the skins structure and function has changed considerably. Medicine, biochemistry and immunology have made substantial advances in understanding the human skin. Highly complex systems, such as the nervous and immune systems, play an important role in maintaining epidermal health. Every substance we come in contact with is carefully registered and processed by the skin, which also develops certain defense mechanisms against inappropriate treatments and foreign substances. (In a worst-case scenario, one of these defense mechanisms might be an allergy). In most cases, disorders in the skins texture do not occur immediately but only after the skin has processed all the information and received a response from the inner organs. This shows that poor skin care choices reveal themselves as skin disorders after extended periods of time. We believe that a sensible skin care program takes this into account.
The Importance of a Regulative Skin Care System
The terms regulative (treating the problem by addressing the root cause) and symptomatic (treating the problem by managing the symptoms) represent opposing views when dealing with health issues.
A simple illustration:
Imagine a red light on the dashboard of your car begins to flash as you are driving. The symptomatic approach to solving the problem would be to remove the light, while the regulative approach would be to fix the problem that is triggering the red light. Both methods will result in the light no longer flashing, but one is clearly more prudent than the other.
What does that mean for our skin?
Today the symptomatic approach is very popular. Most cosmetic treatments consider the skin as merely an outer wrapping keeping our body together. The skin’s only job is to ‘look nice’. From this point of view, the skin is an object that can be manipulated without suffering long-term consequences. In the example above, the red light in the car is seen to have no other function than filling a hole in the dashboard. It can therefore be removed without consequences.
In contrast to symptomatic treatments, the regulative skin care approach emphasizes that the skin is a complex, living organ. Through its connections to the body’s systems, the skins every function is important to the overall health of our body. Therefore, a skin problem, or “red light”, has a specific message that we have to respect in order to keep the whole system running.
The regulative approach to skin care recognizes that our skin is a complex system. We must understand that we can’t manipulate one part of its natural balance without affecting another. Depending on the type of intrusion, skin manipulation may result in devastating consequences. The regulative approach works with great respect and understanding for the nature of our skin.
Applying the principles of regulative skin care results in supporting and optimizing our body’s natural system.