Integrative Skincare

Integrative Skincare Methodology

Our Integrative Skincare Methodology™ is based on more than 50 years of research and experience of the skin as an integral part of the human body. While the topical application of the LE PURE skincare formulations containing potent medicinal plants is highly effective, we know that there are multiple internal factors that need to be addressed to achieve the best possible results.

The latest scientific research also documents this interconnectedness of the skin with our emotional health as well as the nervous system, the gut and skin microbiome and the endocrine system. Integrative dermatology is just starting to emerge, and most dermatologists have been trained on topical applications and have little or no knowledge how to employ medicinal plants to treat the skin.

Our half a century of experience in investigating medicinal plants, their benefits and ideal dose for the skin, has allowed us to formulate a line of skincare with unparalleled efficacy. By combining these unique, nutrient-rich products with our know-how of integrative skincare, we can give advice on how to improve your skin as well as your overall health.

Nutrition and the Skin

One of the most defining factors of the skin condition is nutrition. The skin is nourished from the outside with skincare and from the inside with the food we consume. If our diet is unbalanced or lacks essential nutrients, our skin will suffer.

Years of bad nutrition can have a profound impact on our overall health and, consequently, on the skin. Integrative skincare must take the person’s nutrition into account to achieve optimal results for the skin.

Connection of the Gut and the Skin

The gut microbiome and the overall condition of the gut are closely connected to our skin health. An unbalanced gut microbiome can lead to inflammation and a leaky gut. A permeable intestine cannot absorb all the nutrients it receives, which can lead to significant deficiencies.

In case of a lack of nutrients in the body, the skin is often the last organ to receive its share. Vital organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, and brain come first, and often there are no nutrients left for the skin, leading to the development of skin alterations over time.

Vitamin D Deficiency and the Skin

Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin when exposed to UVB radiation. Just like most plants, humans cannot survive without sunlight. Up until 150 years ago, people spent most of their day outside in the sun. With the change in lifestyle, vitamin D deficiency has become the norm in Western society.

Vitamin D deficiency affects the skin on many levels, as vitamin D is crucial for the intestine, the immune system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, and many vital organs. Just a slight drop has a systemic negative effect. Some of the doctors we collaborate with consider that the values indicating vitamin D sufficiency are established too low and should ideally be much higher.

Sun Protection and the Skin

Vitamin D deficiency is further aggravated by the constant application of mostly chemical sunscreen all day long, no matter the season. The reduced sun exposure completely disrupts our skin’s natural functions and its pigment producing cells start to work less efficiently.

During the massive rise in sunscreen promotion, we have seen a strong rise in hyperpigmentation problems. Sunscreen should be part of a sun protection strategy, but it cannot be the only protection method. The ideal sun protection depends on multiple factors such as phototype, place of residence, lifestyle, skin history, medical history and medication.

Most sunscreen products contain synthetic or chemically modified fats, which create a suffocating layer on the skin. Daily application of such products not only interferes with the skin’s natural functions, but also may lead to hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, skin dryness, and other skin alterations. We recommend using biological sunscreen that potentiates the skin’s self-defense mechanisms and protective clothing.