There are a few things that you should consider before finding a routine for skin care. The first step is to categorize by skin type. You can have NORMAL skin, which usually means you have an overall balanced skin. There is also OILY or DRY skin, which can imply an excess or lack of natural oils. Another type is a COMBINATION of both, which makes some areas of your face oily and some areas dry. To any of these types of skin, you can add a sensitivity factor, making the delicate skin in your face more SENSITIVE to certain types of products or environments.
Finding out the type of skin you have is an extremely important step to properly caring for it. However, you must also add other factors like seasons, personal environment, health, and lifestyle.
Below, you'll find a few more details on each type of skin and some recommendations for care.
- Usually free of blemishes but blackheads can occur.
- Pores are normal in size.
- Face and body may suffer from surface dehydration during cold weather.
- Use mild soap.
- After cleansing, use herbal toner or hydrosol mist to refresh.
- Once a week, use a clay mask to absorb oil and refine pores (try our Jade, Energizing Clay Mask!).
- Medium to large pores.
- Overactive sebaceous glands can give an oily appearance after cleansing.
- May be prone to acne.
- Because it is well lubricated, it is not prone to wrinkles.
- Use liquid soap or gentle bar.
- Follow cleansing with an herbal vinegar or tea astringent with lemon balm, thyme, lemongrass or rosemary to remove cleanser residue and reestablish proper pH levels.
- The goal is to clean skin of its excess oil without stripping it from its natural oils. When you dry out the skin, it tends to produce MORE oil, leaving it even more oily than before cleansing.
- Twice a week, use an exfoliating mask to discourage the formation of blackheads and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores (try our Moonstone, Exfoliating Clay Mask!).
- Lacks natural oil and moisture.
- Tends to age prematurely.
- Loves warm temperature and humidity, winter robs this type of skin of its moisture, making it prone to irritation and sensitivity.
- Avoid soap! Use a creamy cleanser or lotion instead.
- Classic rosewater toner works great.
- Always moisturize (Try our Essential Elixir).
- Seasonally aggravated.
- Usually sensitive.
- Use clear glycerin or castile soap.
- Mild herbal vinegar toners preferred.
- Moisturize properly. Try our Essential Elixir, which is made for all types of skin.
- Regular exfoliation is also recommended. (Try our Quartz, Restorative Clay Mask!)
Keep in mind that all of these rituals are not the only solution to caring for your skin. To this small part of care, you should also consider maximizing your nutrition with whole foods, vitamins and minerals vital for internal health, drinking enough water and of course, exercising.
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