The System Akvile Story
For many years I struggled with my skin. It was a major source of insecurity and frustration. I have a combination skin type and am prone to breakouts which is typically very difficult to treat. I desperately tried to combat it, buying moisturizers, cleansers, spot-treatments, oral medication...you name it I’ve tried it. Some things worked, some didn’t but what they all had in common was they were never consistently effective. I was impatient and wanted a quick-fix, always focusing on superficial skin treatments. When I realized this was truly not working I realized I needed to do two things: re-evaluate and research.
The more research I did the more obvious my mistakes became. Firstly, I never knew exactly what I was using on my skin, ingredients really do matter. Secondly, I had no consistent routine, I was impatient. I tried to solve my skincare problems by using whatever product whenever - if they didn’t show results immediately I would move on. Lastly, my biggest mistake was not understanding the link between a healthy lifestyle and healthy skin. I realized I shouldn’t be trying to ‘combat’ my skin, as I mentioned above, but love it.
The conclusion I came to was that healthy skin would not happen through a magical quick-fix product but through dedication. I focused on a holistic skincare routine, realizing that in order to make my skin look healthy I also had to keep my body and mind healthy. Holistic skincare is the philosophy and practice of healing that considers the whole body not just one area. By adjusting my routine to incorporate improving my fitness, skin-friendly food, stress-reduction and of course a simple skincare routine I began to see vast improvements. I developed my exfoliate-target-moisturize mantra and started System Akvile in order to share my values of self-love and dedication and more importantly to create a platform through which you guys can share advice and support for eachother. Today I feel happy and healthy and as a result, so does my skin. Changing from a quick-fix approach to a holistic one has improved not just my skin but also my life more than I thought possible.
As you may have realized by now, my name is Akvile. My passion for holistic skincare began after I completed a Ph.D. in sustainability and economic science. In September 2016 I was working on my thesis, I was stressed and not looking after myself properly, as a result, my skin began to suffer.
I had always been a quick-fixer, trying any product that promised an instant result. I had no real skincare routine and only treated my blemishes superficially layering on product after product.
Unsurprisingly this didn’t work, in fact, my skin became sensitized and increasingly worse. Through desperation, I began to do more and more research on acne-prone skin. I wanted to know which skincare ingredients and techniques were based on scientific fact. This is when I came across holistic skincare. I realized that I was so focused on fixing my skin that I wasn’t even looking at what was causing it. I found out that while each of our skin is unique, we can all greatly improve our chances of clear skin with food and lifestyle strategies. Duh! How had I not thought of this?
So I decided to put this theory to the test. I simplified my skincare routine, began to do more regular exercise, researched what foods were beneficial to acne-prone skin and focused more on methods of relaxation and self-love. Instead of looking for a quick-fix I was patient and allowed myself to focus on what was and wasn’t good for my skin. Yes, there were setbacks and sometimes I felt like giving up but I have come out the other side of my holistic skincare journey feeling happier and healthier.
Finally, after years and years of doing everything wrong I am doing something right!
My skin has cleared up and I feel physically and mentally healthier.
I started System Akvile in order to share some of the tips and tricks I wish I had known at the start of my skincare journey but it evolved into something much more.
I realized that what I would have appreciated the most was a support system. My sincerest wish is to give you all, not just advice, but a platform through which we can support each other through all of our journeys and setbacks. We can do this together.
A warm welcome to System Akvile, the holistic skincare company. Where you are free to love your skin.