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Probiotic Facials Made Entirely from Superfoods

Created to strengthen the diverse community of microbes your skin calls home.

Probiotic,
superfood facials

Small batch, using "ugly" produce

Made fresh and flash-frozen

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

– Hippocrates, 3rd century

We spend nearly $50 billion a year on skincare in the U.S., resulting in a crowded market of products promising – but rarely delivering – flawless skin.

But this isn’t what’s happening.

People in industrialized nations steadily report increases in acne and eczema year after year. Dryness, rosacea, and general sensitivity are also on the rise. Medical schools can’t churn out enough dermatologists to cope with demand. This while we have access to all these supposedly wonderful products that claim to treat and prevent such ailments.

Either were not using them or they’re not working. Since the global market for personal care products is in the trillions of dollars, it’s safe to assume that what we’re being sold isn’t performing as advertised. Even worse, rather than being simply ineffective, many are aggravating conditions like acne and dryness and kneecapping your skin’s ability to function normally.

Here is what’s going on: when we overuse soap, shampoo, exfoliators, and other cleansers, we remove precisely what our skin needs to protect itself from everything the environment throws at it. Then we try to mitigate the damage by dousing ourselves in often expensive and irritating products that we wouldn’t have needed in the first place if we’d just left our skin alone to do its thing. The damage done has a cumulative effect; irritating and striping the skin little by little until one day you have full-blow problems: acne, signs of premature aging, redness, irritation, etc. 

At Lumanitas, our principal goal is stopping this madness.

Of course, we need to gently remove substances like makeup, sunscreen, and deodorant, particularly before going to bed. But over-washing and the use of harsher-than-necessary cleansers compromises the skin’s barrier function, disrupting the skin microbiome and inhibiting its ability to function the way it should.

And that is what we are here for – what it all comes down to: the incredible milieu of organisms our skin calls home, our microbiome.

This wonderful, sophisticated membrane that is our skin has evolved alongside the natural environment over millennia. Only recently have humans decided to intervene aggressively in this process, and the results have been detrimental to the health and beauty of our body’s largest organ.

Most skincare products in our bathrooms, bags and lining store shelves are at best unnecessary, and at worst may actually be working against our good-skin goals.

Full of preservatives, surfactants, petroleum products, and fragrances, they promise to fix a plethora of problems or enhance what is already working well. They mostly strip natural lipids, layer on irritating chemicals, and disrupt the microbiome (and charge us $$ for the privilege.)

Over-washing

Washing skin daily is a recent phenomenon.

Your skin is covered in an outer layer of precious lipids, natural fats and microbiota that you strip away every time you use soap to wash. That tight feeling you get isn’t cleanliness – it’s an indication that the protective layer that guards against pollution, outside invaders and even some UV rays has been compromised and is less able to do its job. Moisture is now able to escape (a cause of premature aging), and skin is more vulnerable to irritants, pollution, and potentially harmful pathogens that look to penetrate the skin.

Over time, this assault on our skin’s acidic, protective barrier can lead to all kinds of maladies, especially dryness, cracking, acne, and a depleted skin microbiome.
All you have to do is look at the hands of someone who washes them frequently to see the toll all that cleansing takes.

Our modern lifestyle and diet, feverish obsession with cleanliness, and the recent phenomenon of regarding all bacteria as bad has left our skin stripped and reactive. When your skin freaks out under this regimen, it is often protesting this abuse!

Okay, what now!?!?

The first step in taking back control of your beautiful skin currently being obscured by these products is incredibly simple: put down the soaps, cleansers and body washes and make friends with the effective, gentle (and almost free) cleanser that comes out of your shower head – pure water.

I know – it sounds too easy. But there is a ton of science behind this one simple step.

Unless you are washing a stubborn foreign substance off your skin (such as makeup) all you likely need
and should use to wash your skin gentle is warm water. Water by itself is an excellent solvent. Words
of wisdom to live by.

Repair the damage conventional products and regular cleansing does to skin.

The healing, nurturing properties of a diverse, cultivated microbiome have an extraordinary effect on the health and beauty of our skin. Replenishing it is the chief mission of every Lumanitas Faciallu

Our skin is the result of millions of years of evolution. It has evolved alongside the trillions of flora and fauna that inhabit it. Just as the forces of nature have shaped the landscape of earth, evolution has shaped the way our skin functions in wonderous ways.

It has its own curative properties and is almost entirely self-maintaining, provided we feed it what it needs. Our skin has an inherent wisdom – a knowledge of itself that has been cultivated over time.

Preserve the protective elements of your skin that your body has created for you as the result of millions of years of evolution. When you encounter skin issues, be they acne, dryness or irritation, there is an army of products lining store shelves promising to fix things, when the best thing to do is stop applying all foreign substances to your reactive skin and allow it to reset to its natural state.

Practices that help protect us from infectious disease are hardwired into our brains. Washing after we touch dirty things, avoiding people that are sick and being grossed out by foul smells are all instinctual responses.
But in the last century or so, we’ve started to confuse what it means to be hygienic and healthy and what it means to be clean. Cleanliness has come to mean the complete absence of dirt and a general feeling of freshness. Smelling good and other socially rewarded behaviors such as shaving also get lumped into the practice of being clean.

The skincare industry has played a large role in this confusion. The widespread use of soap all over the body began in the early 1900’s when the soap industry began aggressively pushing the practice. The advertising that followed preyed on people’s insecurity, often implying that those not using soap were “dirty” or even uncivilized. Similar as today, they often used medicalese and science-sounding language Empty marketing jargon, pseudoscience, and bald-faced lies (the molecule size of collagen, keratin, elastin, and stem cells and are far to large to penetrate the skin, making them useless) are just some of the tactics effectively deployed to convince us to buy new products that our skin likely won’t benefit from.

Many of these companies, large and small, depend on an environment of consumer uncertainty regarding what ingredients work, what claims are based on the results of well-constructed studies and what’s supported by scientific literature. Their solution is to just keep buying more products with buzzworthy-sounding ingredients. This is making them rich and doing nothing for us.

What do we do now?

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What does skin really need to stay healthy and beautiful well into old age? Here are the science-backed basics:

A good all-over sunscreen blocking both UVA and UVB rays of at least SPF 35. Practice safe sun every day, no matter what the season or what your daily activities may be. If you’re getting direct exposure, getting wet or sweating, reapply every hour. Don’t forget protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses and shade as well. These steps will take years off your skin as you age.

Supporting a thriving microbiome and preventing moisture loss will make skin glow now and keep it looking healthy and youthful into the future. Lumanitas facials were formulated with the primary goal
of recolonizing skin’s surface with health microbiota and nourishing it with ingredients to help it thrive.
If you don’t over-wash or have dry or mature skin, you may not need a moisturizer at all.

If you use one, choose daily moisturizer containing a combination of proven effective ingredients such as:

Avoid allergens and irritants such as:

Products containing preservatives and ingredients that can serve as endocrine disruptors:

According to chemtrust.org, the best way to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals absorbed through the skin is reduce the number of cosmetic products you use.

Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains and lean protein. Avoid processed foods, high glycemic index foods (potatoes, corn, anything fried), sugar, the unhealthy “white” foods (white flour, bread, rice, pasta, etc.), and alcohol. Protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Never smoke. Exercise regularly. Do what you can to prevent exposure to air pollution and pesticides (rinse your fruits and veggies well.)

Lumanitas facials are designed using ingredients that have been shown effective at combating oxidative damage when applied topically. Turmeric, mango, matcha, dragon fruit, spirulina, ebony carrot, espresso bean, ginger are just a few of the powerhouse ingredients we use with efficacy supported by peer-reviewed literature.

Much of what prevents oxidative damage to the skin also promotes collagen production, diet likely being the most important. Stress, sun exposure, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep and smoking also contribute.

You can also revive collagen production from the outside, and many of the most potent, natural ways to do this are through foods in Lumanitas facials. Aloe, colloidal oatmeal, cucumber, and lemon are some of the main ingredients in our facials that have all been shown to boost collagen production when applied topically.

Note: vitamin A – present in all Lumanitas facials – metabolizes into retinoic acid, which binds to receptors on the skin and spurs collagen production from the outside in. If you’re over 30, consider using a prescription-strength retinoid as often as your skin tolerates it. And remember, collagen molecules are much too large to be absorbed through the skin, so no need to spend $$ on products containing collagen.

This is best done at the end of the day when your skin has been exposed to dirt, pollution, oil, makeup and excess sebum, ideally right before bed. No product will do this more effectively, gently and luxuriously as a Lumanitas facial. For the rest of your body, keep in mind that water itself is an excellent solvent. A little gentle cleanser in the folds of your skin is all you ever need to be refreshingly clean without stripping your skin’s precious lipid barrier and disrupting it’s microbiome. No fragrances, dyes or other unnecessary ingredients that can irritate, such as botanicals.

A high-quality moisturizer that can be used anywhere on your body. Note: high-quality doesn’t mean expensive. It means fragrance-free, and because you’ll be using something non-irritating, it will also work great on your face and around your eyes.
– If you’re over 30, a retinoid.

Supporting a thriving microbiome and preventing moisture loss will make skin glow now and keep it looking healthy and youthful into the future. Lumanitas facials were formulated with the primary goal
of recolonizing skin’s surface with health microbiota and nourishing it with ingredients to help it thrive.
If you don’t over-wash or have dry or mature skin, you may not need a moisturizer at all.

If you use one, choose daily moisturizer containing a combination of proven effective ingredients such as:

Avoid allergens and irritants such as:

Products containing preservatives and ingredients that can serve as endocrine disruptors:

According to chemtrust.org, the best way to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals absorbed through the skin is reduce the number of cosmetic products you use.

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