Many people struggle to define “good” skin but can quickly conjure up an idea of what “bad” skin is. You might think that “bad” skin has blemishes, inflammation, and redness, but those characteristics aren’t a defect. It’s your skin sensing a change in the environment and reacting to it to protect you from more harm.
Red, sensitive, and reactive skin isn’t a bug — it’s a feature.
So if “bad” skin is actually a good thing, what is “good” skin?
In short, it’s everything.
It’s functional, healthy skin that does its job of protecting and nourishing your body. Inflammation is a function of the skin — a sign that your body is trying to reach homeostasis and could use a little help, but functional nonetheless.
“Good” skin isn’t defined by whether or not it’s glowy because glow often isn’t an indicator of skin health but rather a temporary aesthetic effect on the skin's surface. The skin has multiple layers and only one that can “glow,” but rarely on its own.
The only glow-from-within that exists is sweat — which we love! — but other than that, all forms of glowy skin are due to external factors, which won’t tell us anything about the health and function of the skin.
The concept of “good” and “bad” skin is a fallacy because, in both cases, the skin is functioning — or at least it’s trying to.
Our mission at REYN is foundational functional skin health: skin that is nourished at the cellular level and actually improves over time, which is possible with functional skincare. Healing formulas and simplified routines help support skin of all ages, types, and tones to reach homeostasis and thrive.