Oily Isn’t A Skin Type, It’s A Symptom & Other Renegade Beauty Truths From Living Libations Founder, Nadine Artemis

Nadine Artemis is the legendary botanical goddess, present-day alchemist, and natural beauty pioneer behind the cult-favorite natural skincare line, Living Libations. Providing the purest botanical products on the planet, her exquisite line of essential oils, serums, elixirs, dental care products, prolific formulations, and carefully crafted medicinal blends co-created with her partner are revolutionizing the natural beauty industry. Challenging people to rethink conventional notions of wellness, Nadine is paving the way toward a new beauty paradigm where instead of looking outside ourselves, we look to nature to illuminate and enhance our own inner radiance.

Having recognized early on that our bodies are made to engage with the elements the earth offers, her latest work, Renegade Beauty: Revive Your Natural Radiance, transcribes years of research and personal experience into what easily could be considered a botanical beauty bible. Intricately weaving scientific studies with poetic language, cosmic ritual, and practical DIYs, this book is a must-read for anyone ready to take their health into their own hands. While we strongly recommend grabbing yourself a copy to refer back to again and again, in the meantime here are 4 Renegade Beauty truths straight from the natural beauty queen herself.

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4 Renegade Beauty Truths From Living Libations Founder and Natural Beauty Queen, Nadine Artemis

1. Oily isn’t a skin type, it’s a symptom (and a fantastically flawed fallacy manufactured by manufacturers).

Did you know that there is actually no scientific objective measure for skin type? In 1975, Harvard dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, developed “Fitzpatrick Skin Typing”, a scientific skin type classification scale to determine how different shades of skin respond to ultraviolet light. But the skin type classifications we’re fixated with today — dry, normal, sensitive, combination, oily, and acne-prone — are mere constructs created by cosmetic manufacturers to sell products, drive our self-doubt, and keep us fixated on our self-perceived flaws.

Oily, dry, acne-prone, etc., etc., are symptoms of a larger, frankly more important, picture. They’re signs that something within your inner ecosystem is out of balance or that something you’re applying to the exterior of your skin is damaging it.

Speaking of damaging your skin…

…washing with a commercial soap based cleanser is definitely damaging it.

2. Washing with a commercial soap based cleanser washes away your pretty face and opens the doors to the bad kind of bacteria.

Technically washing with a commercial soap based cleanser washes away the skin’s hydro-lipid barrier and acid mantle, two very important components of the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin), but still, wtf? According to Nadine, the stratum corneum is our gatekeeper of beauty. When the stratum corneum is intact and healthy, it provides both antibiotic and anti-wrinkle properties and acts as a natural sunscreen. Conversely, when its disturbed, aggravated, or injured, it sets off a sequence of cellular responses to stimulate repair. If this layer is disturbed regularly, like with daily exposure to soaps, scrubs, foaming detergents, synthetic alcohols, fragrances, and chemicals, it creates an ongoing health deficit, inflammatory issues, abnormal cell growth, and allows an array of allergens, acne-causing bacteria, and harmful toxins to walk right in.

3. It’s more dangerous to apply a bottle of commercial shampoo to your body than it is to swallow it.

Transdermal absorption is a very real thing. In fact, 60 percent of what we put on our skin is directly absorbed into the bloodstream. We absorb more chlorine by showering than we do by drinking chlorinated water1 and it’s actually more dangerous to apply a bottle of commercial shampoo to your body than it is to swallow it. When we ingest something toxic, our digestive system acts like a filter. Saliva and enzymes help to break things down while our intestines, kidneys, and liver work to eliminate and expel whatever is floating around in there. Transdermally, on the other hand, there are no filters. So piling on petroleum filled paraben products is a major problem. Not to mention, the beauty industry is one of the least regulated markets in the US. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the authority to test or review ingredients used in our personal care products before they’re sold to the public nor does it require cosmetic companies to conduct pre-market safety testing. This alone should make you think twice about what you’re putting on your skin.

As an aside: please do *not* swallow your shampoo.

4. Natural botanicals are your skin’s BFF.

We don’t need multi-step regimes or quick-fix chemical concoctions, natural botanicals and rainbow colored fruits and veggies are your skin’s BFF. They work with your skin, not against it. From the inside out and the outside in, natural nourishment is the cornerstone of skin care. Plants gently support, restore, and regenerate your skin to its own natural radiance. Living Libations is proof.

Although we could go on for days, Nadine is an encyclopedia of knowledge and we haven’t even begun our discussion on the sun (spoiler alert: your skin drinks it in!), we’re turning the tables over to you. What Renegade Beauty truth blew your mind? Tell us in the comments. We’re still trying to wrap our heads around RBT #3.

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