It is important to know your skin type before you start any skin care regimen because it will allow you to select the right products to use that will compliment your complexion, slow down the aging process, and give you healthy glowing skin.
HOW IS YOUR SKIN TYPE DETERMINED?
Skin type is determined by genetics, water content, lipid oil content, and skin sensitivity. What you eat and drink, your stress levels, hormonal changes, current skin regimen, medication, and seasonal changes all play a role.
- Water Content: The skin’s water content affects the elasticity. It is important to stay hydrated and drink enough water daily. Water allows your skin to keep producing new skin cells which can reduce dull skin and signs of aging, keeping your skin plump. Stay hydrated!
- Lipid Content: Lipids are natural fats that help to maintain your outer layer of skin by keeping it smooth and healthy by holding in moisture, protecting the skin from damage, helping to fight off impurities, and aiding in the skins repair process. Lipids can be destroyed by using products with detergents and alcohol. Choose to eat healthy fats to help repair and maintain your lipid content. Also, olive oil contains one of the most common lipids produced by human skin cells so adding olive oil to your skin regimen can help to maintain your skin’s lipid content.
- Skin sensitivity: Your skin can be sensitive to different substances based on genetics, medicines, allergies, stress, and hormones among a few! Make sure to always read labels on products and even keep journals to help determine what could be making your skin sensitive. Try to avoid skin care products that contain detergents and chemicals that can irritate your skin.
NORMAL SKIN TYPE
A bit ironic, but this is the rarest skin type! The skin is soft and has an even skin tone with little variations in pigment. The pores are barely visible and typically you are blemish free with only a few occasional breakouts.
OILY SKIN TYPE
Oily skin will have enlarged pores and the skin will appear to be shiny. It is prone to blemishes and blackheads. Oily skin produces more oil than necessary and this can be caused by hormones, stress level, and diet. Your skin regimen should include a gentle soap that can draw out impurities along with a natural astringent.
DRY SKIN TYPE
Dry skin will feel tight and has small pores. The skin can appear dull and fine lines and wrinkles are more visible. The skin can be flaky and itchy and red patches could appear. Dry skin is typically affected by the change of season, aging, medication, or sometimes the products you are using on your skin.
We recommend our Earl Grey Tea & Patchouli and Lavender & Oatmeal soap for dry skin types.
AGING/MATURE SKIN TYPE
With mature skin the skin shows signs of aging with fine lines and wrinkles especially along the eyes and mouth. The skin is losing elasticity so it can appear loose and dull. Age spots can be visible and the skin tone can be uneven.
SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE
Sensitive skin can be caused by a variety of skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Sensitive skin is delicate and has fine pores. It can often have red patches and feel itchy. There are often broken capillaries, particularity around the cheeks and nose. The skin can be irritated easily so it is important you know the ingredients in your products to avoid an adverse reaction. Try to understand what is causing irritated skin to better treat it, this may include keeping a journal of what you are eating/drinking, skin care products you are using, laundry detergents, etc.
We recommend our Unscented and Lavender & Oatmeal soap for sensitive skin types.
Most people have combination skin. Combination skin has oil in the T-zone of the face (forehead, nose, and chin). Blemishes and blackheads are prone to this area and medium to large pores can be visible. The rest of the face may be smooth and less prone to blemishes and sometimes dry around the eyes, hair, and jaw lines. It is best to treat each area differently.
Because there are so many factors for your skin type, it is important to watch your eating and drinking habits, the products you are using on your skin (ideally go natural), any medications you are taking, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. Make sure you stick to your daily skin regimen, (ladies – don’t sleep with your make up on) and try and use a gentle cleansing soap daily, along with a toner/astringent, and moisturizer.