by Nicole P
August 20, 2019
The number of skincare terms and buzzwords which flood our feeds, emails, and even TV commercials every day can be overwhelming. Most of us have no reason to understand the differences between proactive and reactive care, holistic and homeopathic methods, and what eastern or western medicine really means.
So how exactly can we sort through all of this information? Ok, so let’s break down some of the overwhelm and look at the terms holistic, homeopathic, and look at modern skincare methodologies and explain the roles each one of them can play in keeping your skin looking and feeling its best!
Holistic healthcare relies on the concept that the whole body’s health must be considered as a single unit. Examples of holistic medicine might include Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chiropractors, herbalists, and much more.
Holistic medicine can get a bad rap due to some questionable organizations which choose to identify themselves as holistic. Yet the concept of holistic health and skincare is rooted in science.
The American Academy of Dermatology has 10 skin care secrets for healthier looking skin. Of those 10, several tips are holistic in nature. These are effective because holistic healthcare allows the skin to take better care of itself.
Here are just a few scientifically proven ways to use holistic methods for healthier skin:
Homeopathy is based on the belief that the body is able to cure itself with some assistance. The basic concepts of homeopathic treatments involve diluting active ingredients with alcohol, water, or other inactive ingredients. These small doses are thought to activate the body’s natural healing response.
It is important to understand that homeopathic products and remedies are not regulated like traditional medications, drugs, and other modern medical treatments. Homeopathic remedies may be effective, but the FDA and other governing bodies do not have strict rules concerning labeling, ingredients, and manufacturing practices.
As with the other forms of skincare, homeopathic skincare should be considered on an individual level. Homeopathic ingredients which have been shown to be effective for skin health include lavender, sea salt, shea butter, and more.
There is a misconception that modern medicine and natural health practices are somehow mutually exclusive. This simply is not the case. The beauty of modern medicine is that its practitioners do not care what works, only that it does work.
After all, who thought that some mold called penicillin would end up curing a large number of previously incurable diseases?
Modern, Western medicine generally treats common skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis with medication. Yet we are also seeing physicians prescribe and recommend more holistic treatments that address overall health as well as reacting to acute symptoms.
At the end of the day, both holistic and acute modern medicine are great for healthy and beautiful skin. If you do have a serious medical concern, there is no substitute for seeing a dermatologist. For everyday life, caring for your overall health is a great way to promote healthy skin and a healthier you!
Holistic methods for skin, hair, and overall health are a two way street: you can consider practicing all natural skin regimens as holistic AND you can consider good overall health practices like hydration, proper nutrition, and exercise part of your skincare routine. There is no wrong way to practice holistic skincare so long as the steps you take are great for you skin and your body as a whole.
Absolutely! One of the strengths of holistic and homeopathic treatments is that they generally work well with other skin management methods. They key is to make sure that any homeopathic or holistic skincare treatments you choose do not interfere with any acute treatments you might be currently utilizing.
While there is no substitute for some acute treatments, modern medicine has become more and more receptive in recent years towards whole body treatments. Scientific research repeatedly shows the benefits of holistic healthcare methods developed by ancient cultures such as acupuncture, meditation, and much more!
At The Yellow Bird, we are proud to offer a wide range of products which support your skin and your overall health. While we do not tout any of our products to have medicinal purposes, we do believe that using all-natural skin and hair care products allow our customers to feel great about what they are using to keep their skin clean, moisturized, and protected!
Our products are always 100 percent free of any GMOs, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, and are always cruelty-free. Consider one of our all natural products including:
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