Millions of people, myself included, suffer everyday trying to figure out how to treat their skin and what works best. Today I will give you a simple guide to follow when you're trying to find the best products for your skin. One of the most importat things, is knowing what type of skin you have in order to properly care for it. You also want to take in considertion the time of year it is, and what the climate is like around you, all of these factors will affect your skin. Knowing this information will allow you to properly analyze your skin, and figure out what will make your skin happy. This means your skincare routine may change from time to time, but for the most part you will be able to use the same products even when your skin changes a bit, escpecially if they're organic!
Caring for Your Skin
Skin is one of our body’s largest organs, just like any other organ we have to care for it on a daily bases by ensuring that the skin is clean from impurities. Because we constantly shed dead skin cells and excess oil, it’s important that we understand how to cleanse our skin, so we can ensure that our skin stays healthy and protected. Below are a few steps to follow when it comes to skin cleansing.
1. If you’re wearing makeup throughout he day, whether it be foundation, blush, eyeshadow, or any other makeup it is a MUST to remove before going to sleep. Going to bed without removing makeup is a recipe for disaster, by cleansing your skin you reduce the possibility of having clogged pores, acne, and blackheads. Even if you’re not a makeup person, it’s still necessary to cleanse your skin before bed.
2. Use GENTLE cleansers on your skin. Skin is very delicate, so to preserve it’s delicacy we have to be extreamly careful about the products we use to cleanse. When searching for cleansers try to find cleansers with not to much, but not to little oil. Cleansers that are cream, nut, oat, or clay based are best, no matter the skin type. Foam based cleansers are normaly more drying, and contain a higher concentration of soap, try to stay away from these, unless you know how much soap is present. Read ALL labels, and make sure you understand each ingredient listed. Most lables list the ingredients in order by the amout of that ingredient, from greatest to least.
What Skin Am I In
Below is a list of skin types, this list will give you a description of each skin type, and help you determine which best describes your skin type.
- Normal / Balanced Skin:
Balanced skin is just what is says it is, it’s balanced meaning it’s not to oily and it’s not to dry. Balanced skin has little to any blemishes, but may be a little oily on the nose, forehead and chin(t-zone).
When caring for balanced skin, use mild soaps for cleansing, try using a water-based cleanser ,foam free cleanser or cream cleanser for face and body. Oats, nuts, seeds, and clay blends are key ingredients to look for when buying cleansers . These will help to provide protection and needed moisture to the skin. You can follow up cleansing, with a rose water or an herbal toner. To keep the skin moisturized, you should have a light moisturizer that will still protect your skin.
- Oily Skin:
Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, due to this skin can appear oily only a few hours after being cleansed. Oily skin usually consists of medium/large pores, pores are often time clogged with excess oil. If you’re in an area with high humidity it may cause excess oil.
When caring for oily skin you will want a water based cleanser or a cleanser which contains oats, nuts, seeds, or clay. Follow up cleansing with with a astringent such as a tea, rose water, or witch hazel.
- Combination Skin:
Combination skin usually consist of two or more skin types combined.You may have be oily throughout your t-zone and dry towards your cheeks and sides of the face. With combination skin, the t-zone may consist of enlarged pores,visible blackheads and prone to breakouts and acne.Combination skin is can be easily influenced when the seasons change, meaning that a change of season could mean a change in your skins behavior. For instance in the winter time the t-zone may tend be more balanced,due to the oil it produces, while dry parts of the skin may be extremely dry due to the cold temperatures. When the season is much warmer the t-zone may produce excess sebum, which will balance the dry area of the face.
Combination skin is sometimes sensitive and should be treated with care. You should use products to normalize the sebum production,but not dry the skin out completely. When caring for combination skin you will want a water based cleanser or a cleanser which contains oats, nuts, seeds, or clay.
- Sensitive Skin:
Sensitive skin can be referred to as being environmentally reactive, this means that the skin is easily influenced by the conditions around it such as the sun,changes in temperature and humidity. Sensitive skin easily bruises, sunburns, irritates, and forms rashes. If not treated correctly sensitive skin can appear unhappy. Winter conditions can upset and irritate sensitive skin leaving it dry and more prone to irritation if the proper precautions are not taken. During the summer months heat and humidity can lead to itchy, blotchy skin.
When caring for sensitive skin avoid using soap on your face and body, as it is very drying and can cause irritation. Instead use a creamy cleanser or a cleanser that contains oats, nuts, or seeds.For toning and hydrating use rosewater or glycerin lotion. Herbal products such as chamomile, calendula, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, and comfrey are soothing for sensitive skin.
- Dry Skin:
Dry skin lacks natural oil and moisture, it can appear flaky, scaly, rough-textured, tight, or dry throughout the day. Dry skin has small pores and feels taut almost immediately after cleansing. Dry skin thrives in warm temperature and humidity. Winter temperatures can rob the skin of its moisturizing properties, making it prone to irritation, sensitivity, redness, and chapping.
When caring for dry skin avoid using soap on your face and body, as it is very drying and can cause irritation. Instead use a creamy cleanser or a cleanser that contains oats, nuts, or seeds.For toning and hydrating use rosewater or glycerin lotion. Herbal products such as chamomile, calendula, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, and comfrey are soothing for sensitive skin.
Finding the right products:
Now that we have discussed skin types, and how to care for the different skin types its time to find the right products that cater to your skin type. Using the information above you should now be able to determine which products will work best for your skin so that you can properly care for the skin and avoid using products that cause skin to become irritated.