YOUR SKIN TYPE

 

Defining your skin type can be complicated.

Your skin may change with age, in response to an event/climate/environment factor or be a combination of types/tones.

Remember, the biggest factor in skin health is from the inside out (foods we eat, stress, etc.).

Sensitive Skin: use the guide below to find what type you are overall and keep in mind that all products need to be light, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and free of chemicals and perfumes.  Always.

Combination Skin: use the guide below to define what areas belong to which type.  It is worth treating each area of your face independently.

DRY SKIN

Dry, Scaling, Itching

 

Dry skin is defined by a lack of moisture, or sebum, in the epidermis.  Dry skin can be uncomfortable and cause early signs of aging, fine lines, scaling and itching.

 

Dry skin can be caused by a low or decreased production of sebum and also by washing too frequently, low humidity, cold temperatures and/or using the wrong ingredients on skin. Dry skin can be treated with proper skincare and these other helpful tips:
  • If you use a mask that dries, consider mixing it with a carrier oil like Olive Oil
  • Use oils that mimic sebum like Jojoba oil and Olive oil
  • Take shorter showers with warm vs hot water
  • Use only soaps that do not lather (or lather little)
  • Blot skin versus wiping skin
  • Wear an all natural lip balm
  • Use skin products without perfume, alcohol, retinoids or alpha hydroxy acid
  • Use a Hypoallergenic laundry detergent
  • Add a humidifier
  • Apply facial serum on wet skin, maybe multiple times a day

NORMAL SKIN

No Sensitivities, Hydrated, No Visible Pores

 

Normal skin is defined by having very few imperfections, barely visible pores, and no severe sensitivity.  It is neither excessively dry nor oily.  It has a light oil feel which indicates hydration.

 

Normal skin types don’t worry much about breakouts but don’t let that cause you to get passive about your skincare routine.

 

Normal skin types should be vigilant about these things to maintain great skin:
  • Be sure to wash twice a day, use natural ingredients and exfoliate weekly.
  • Never rub or pull on skin, especially under the eyes.
  • Use an eye cream, especially before wrinkles appear.  Aging skin loses natural oil production here first.
  • Daily hydrate the declitage area (under chin and neck to chest).  This is the most neglected area and the first place to show signs of aging.
  • Protect your skin from the sun.
  • Use a warm water rinse for cleansing as not to shock pores.
  • Use minimal makeup with ingredients that may not cause blemishes but do cause damage.

OILY SKIN

Oily/Shine, Blemishes, Large Pores

 

Oily skin is defined by an excess of oil production, called sebum. You may begin to feel greasy only a few hours after washing and worry about shine and blemishes.

 

Oily skin can be managed with proper skincare and these other helpful tips:
  • Use clay masks weekly to clean out excess oils and hardened oil/sebum blockages
  • Use light oils that mimic sebum so your skin doesn’t need to produce so much
  • Take shorter showers with warm versus hot water
  • Avoid over-washing your face
  • Avoid heavy cosmetics
  • Use an all natural clay powder to manage oil during the day
  • Use unscented skin products
  • Keep it simple, our skin reacts by producing oils to purge foreign intruders
  • Avoid SD alcohol and denatured alcohol
  • Avoid products with a tingle like menthol and mint

ALL SKIN TYPES

 

All skin types benefit from the following routine:

Cleanse your face twice a day

  • Wash in the morning to remove all the junk your skin purged overnight when in repair mode.
  • Wash at night to remove makeup and/or the impurities from the day (sweat, sebum, free radicals, etc.).
  • Use a gentle cleanser designed for your skin type.
  • Rinse using warm water, as not to shock pores.
  • If you are using a daily exfoliator like a loofah, use it very, very gently.

Hydrate clean skin

  • Use all natural ingredients, also derived naturally (not chemically bleached, etc.).  This is food for your skin.
  • Be aware, if water is an ingredient in a product, then there are a multitude of chemicals to guard it from bacteria (these are drying and possibly toxic).
  • Use a serum and skip the filler ingredients.  A serum is a concentrated formula so only active ingredients nourish deep (like our facial serums).
  • Our skin produces oils to maintain its cell lifecycle, so using a quality oil effectively communicates with skin.

Exfoliate/Mask once a week

  • Exfoliate gently for your skin type, masks are not one size fits all.
  • Don’t leave masks on until fully hardened, 10 minutes max avoids over-drying.
  • Hydrate immediately after a mask, skin redness is normal as blood rushes to the surface.