Morning Infusion: Kawakawa Tea

Morning Infusion: Kawakawa Tea

Our healing infusion combines the earthy, evergreen flavour of kawakawa with a punch of zest — best experienced first thing in the morning.

Recognising inflammation

Ongoing inflammation shows up as persistent outbreaks of the above conditions, but also as ordinary long-term dryness, redness and sensitivity. What’s important to know is that long-term low-grade inflammation plays a key role in skin losing structural resilience and developing lines, discolouration and dull texture. The longer the inflammation goes on, the faster this process occurs.

Who is at risk?

Everyone! Around the world, skin sensitivities and atopic conditions are on the rise, starting in childhood with growing rates of eczema, and increasing with age. One in four adults in the US today receives treatment for a skin condition, rising to half of adults over 65. The most common risk factor is everyday UV damage, which over time causes skin atrophy, pigmentation, wrinkling and malignancy. It also depletes naturally occurring lipids and damages cellular DNA. Sunburn does the same thing, but in a mega-dose.

Modern skincare can also contribute to skin inflammation. Products made with low-quality chemical ingredients or excessive concentrations of actives, and layering many products that contain different ingredients can irritate the skin and disrupt the skin’s barrier function, leading to inflammation and dehydration.

People who do ‘wet work’ or frequently wash their hands – such as hair and skincare therapists, chefs, and medical staff – are at particular risk for dehydration, as lack of moisture in the skin prompts the inflammatory response, and can lead to chronic eczema. And sufferers of autoimmune diseases like diabetes and psoriasis – which have been rising in the population over recent decades – often suffer inflammatory skin conditions associated with these diseases.

What’s going on inside

When your skin is inflamed, it’s a sign your body is dealing with some kind of internal or external stressor (or a mix of both) – sun, allergens, chafing, dehydration, bacteria, pollutants – provoking your immune system to release hormones, enzymes and free radicals in a bid to fight off the invaders and allow the skin to repair to a smooth, resilient surface that can hold moisture in and resist further irritation.

How to decrease inflammation

The key to treating inflammation and restoring balance and resilience to skin is to soothe and calm using ingredients that actively boost our body’s natural healing mechanisms. What this means is:

  • Richly hydrating from the outside to combat moisture loss
  • Encouraging external healing so the skin barrier can repair and protect against irritants
  • Nourishing with vitamins and actives to repair damage at a cellular level
  • Avoiding over-stimulating the skin with irritating or unnecessary ingredients