Did you wonder why Grateful Body completely changed their product line - and has the new format puzzled you?
Our formulator talks about these changes and confirms why the new Grateful Body products are better and more effective than they’ve ever been!
M: So, why did you re-design the complete Grateful Body product line?
S: Good question! For years I’ve been researching the functions of the skin and experimenting with what types of skin care formulations would help our skin with all the various challenges it faces these days - from chronological pressures to environmental stresses, and also, the unfortunate increase of damaging inflammation. It gradually became clear to me that the typical organization of skin care products into skin types was not the best approach.
M: By skin types, you mean standard classification of normal, dry, oily and sensitive?
S: Yes . . . think about it, what we call skin types are actually skin conditions. And conditions can and should be remedied. Grateful Body has always held that if you feel that you have sensitive skin and you generally buy sensitive skin products and yet, your skin is still sensitive, then those products are not working for you. The same goes for dry skin. A really good skin care product would stop your dry skin.
M: That makes sense but personally, I’ve always needed more hydration for my skin. I know other people, for instance my mother, who doesn’t need so much moisture.
S: Yes it’s true that every individual has unique moisturizing needs for their skin. Maybe this is a good time for me to describe skin types as I see it?
M: So there are skin types? But not the typical ones we’re familiar with?
S: Yes. In my understanding, there are two. My description is not the easiest way to say it but it will have to do for now. The first skin type is skin that naturally has more oil as part of its intrinsic makeup and correlates with ancestral influences closer to the equator. The second skin type is skin that naturally has less oil as part of its intrinsic makeup and correlates with ancestral influences further from the equator. Again, it’s true that every individual has unique moisturizing needs for their skin.
M: How do I know which type I am - of these two types?
S: It’s my experience that people just instinctually know. But in a sense, it really doesn’t matter which type you are. What matters is what is happening right now. What is the current condition of your skin? For the state of your skin is always changing. We are under a tremendous amount of outer and inner influences that impact our skin - especially in these times. If you check in with your complexion you’ll see that it’s somewhere in the relative range between healthy/balanced and unhealthy/unbalanced. And that relative position point is always changing. Environment, age, hormones, stress, pollution, diet, emotional and mental habits, infections, lack of essential nutrients, pharmaceuticals, multiple chemical sensitivities, travel, exposure, changing weather — always impacting, always challenging, always changing the skin. So you see it becomes useless, even absurd, to mindlessly classify your skin as normal, dry, oily or sensitive as if it was written in stone.
M: How can I work with this?
S: If one can correctly observe that their skin changes through time then there is a simple way to address those changes. Simply see that your skin is in a state of excess or a state of deficiency. You can feel, regarding your complexion, that there’s either too much of something or too little of something - an excess or a lack.
M: Can you elaborate?
S: Yes, it’s easy. Excess shows up as just that - too much. Too much oil or shine, too much irritation or inflammation, too much clogging, blemishes or bumps, too much redness. Deficiency shows up as somehow not enough. Not enough hydration or moisture, not enough vitality, glow or radiance. 'Not enough' skin looks tired, dehydrated, flaky, thin or prematurely aged. It’s not complicated at all, check in with your complexion . . . you’ll know.
M: How does all this fit in with how you’ve re-designed the Grateful Body product line?
S: If you study the new line, you’ll see that it generally follows this path of deficiency and excess. But there is one more category. Remember in the beginning I mentioned an extensive increase in inflammation - it’s seems to be endemic to our current western culture. So we offer our Gentle Line to the canaries in the coal mine, those whose skin is just so sensitive and just need some extra tender loving care.
Look at the three Grateful Body Moisturizers - Rich: when you’re in a deficient state and need a little extra; Nourish: when you’re in an excess state and need a little less; and Gentle: soothing and healing.
M: What if I feel I’m not in a state of excess or deficiency? What if my skin feels balanced, which in the old way might be called normal skin?
S: That’s the beauty of truly botanical skin care! Products that are genuinely holistic and vital offer the skin a wide variety of essential micro-nutrients. When the ingredients are biologically appropriate the skin can extract exactly what it needs from the formula. So a balanced skin type could choose any of our products and benefit. We suggest reading the product descriptions and ingredient lists to see what you’re drawn to.