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What is rewilding?

The heart of the rewilding movement is simply letting nature back into our lives as we strive for a more harmonious natural balance. By rewilding, we restore our relationship with the natural world where natural ecosystems are re-balanced so that nature can, once again, take care of itself – and us.

What is rewilding of the skin?

Rewilding can be incorporated into all aspects of life, with care of our skin being an important aspect. For too long, we’ve accepted the industrial beauty standard of stripping the skin, deep cleansing to remove natural oils, and liberally applying all kinds of synthetic chemicals –  often in a quest for more youthful-looking skin. However, this commercially motivated approach has upset the vital microbial balance of the skin created by natural evolution over thousands of years. Rewilding cuts out harmful chemicals, cuts down on product use and helps re-establish the healthy balance your skin craves.

What are the risks of not rewilding?

By constantly stripping our skin of its microbes and natural oils with things like harmful soaps, we effectively leave it unprotected against undesirable microbial species, which can quickly and easily establish themselves and dominate. The result of this is a higher prevalence of skin disorders, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. With rewilding, we create a healthy diversity and protective microbiome to reduce the likelihood of skin conditions. Healthy, balanced skin looks better and ages slower.

How do I rewild my skin?

Nature constantly seeks to restore balance, and this is also true of your skin. There are, however, some aspects of our modern lifestyles that make it difficult for skin to maintain a natural equilibrium. To encourage the rewilding process and achieve a healthier microbiome, here are 3 of the things you can do.

1. Enjoy an omega-rich diet

Omega fatty-acids support the production of healthy sebum, which is needed for feeding the skin’s microbiome. By consuming omega-rich foods such as eggs, fresh fish and seeds, you can help your body support the growth of healthy microbes. Omegas can also be taken in supplement form, although they’re best consumed from natural produce. Note : This is general information and may not be appropriate for you. Please consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.  

2. Get outside more

Skin diseases like acne and eczema are almost non-existent in traditional hunter-gatherer communities, where there is constant human interaction with nature. Re-connecting with the natural world is an important part of skin rewilding, as it promotes the interaction with natural microbes that skin has evolved to expect. Vitamin D from the sun is also central to skin health. In addition to rewilding, immersing yourself in nature improves mental health, lowers stress levels, and improves your mood.

3. Adjust your skincare

Grab your skincare products and check the ingredients. If they’re not organic, natural, and microbiome-friendly, then it’s time to reconsider your skincare regime. To actively improve the state of your skin, consider probiotic skincare.

In well-balanced skin, skin probiotics out-compete harmful microbes, produce moisturising factors, maintain skin pH, and reduce sensitivity and inflammation. All these factors help reduce the rate of ageing and result in an overall healthier skin.

A great way to take the first step on your Rewilding journey is a great-value, limited-edition Esse #30dayrewild Pack.
Available online HERE and from selected stockists. Over $265 value for $140 – but only while stocks last (Feb 2022).