WHAT TYPE OF SKIN ARE YOU?

Our skin can tell us quite a bit of what’s going on in our bodies and reflect what we’re exposed to in our environment.  The self-assessment of our skin type is usually accurate but it’s important to remember that how your skin is today isn’t necessarily permanent.  Changes in environment and lifestyle cause our skin to fluctuate.  Be open to the fact that your skin may change.  Adapt your facial routine to best support your skin in the moment.  Sometimes the texture or tone of our face can be as unpredictable as life itself.  The cool news is that we can manipulate our skin type by doing the proper facial treatment consistently.  And remember, the most important part of a facial routine is supporting yourself in feeling comfortable just how you are.

THE TYPES

DRY

This type exhibits very small pores, prone to fine lines, with possibly scales, flakes, roughness and redness.  Your skin most likely feels tight after cleansing.  Dehydration and lack of oils can cause dryness.  Also, many outside factors play a role, including low humidity, air conditioning and heating, and chemicals in skincare products.  Your skin type craves antioxidants and natural vitamins to support healing with fatty acids to reduce inflammation.

The FIX:  Use an oil-based cleanser (with lukewarm water as opposed to hot) with a balancing toner followed with a rich moisturizer that absorb deep into your skin.  It’s important to increase your daily water intake and limit dehydrating foods (such as caffeine).

 

OILY

The signs of oily skin include large pores often with a shiny appearance, despite the temperature.  You probably also experience frequent breakouts. This happens because your sebaceous (oil-producing) glands secrete too much oil that mixes with dead skin cells, clogging your pores.  Keeping your pores clean from congestion is top priority to limit breakouts.  Although we’ve heard the myth that oil is bad for oily skin, the real secret is that oil can actually slow down or even stop your skin from overproducing oil.  Oil free products dry out your skin and actually lead to increased oil production (read:  more breakouts).  However, not all oils are equal.  Non-clogging oils that are balancing are best.  Crazy as it may seem, using the proper oils on your skin will balance your natural oil production and help keep pores clean.  

The FIX:  Use a gentle oil-based cleanser daily followed by exfoliation with a pH balancing toner. Always remember moisturizer!  Skipping the moisturizer can actually cause your oil glands to increase output.  Use a weekly mask to remove deep pore-clogging debris.  It’s best to use products with purifying, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

COMBO

If your T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) is usually oily with blackheads and your cheeks feel flaky and dry, you’re probably one of many with combo skin.  This presents challenges common in both skin types.  It can feel difficult to know how to care for your complexion because it’s tough to know which types of products are suitable.  Weather and hormonal changes can often trigger combo skin.  When this is the case, deep cleaning pores, balance your skin pH and establishing proper oil balance can be an effective solution for restoring a unified skin type.  Other women naturally have combo skin and using a targeted approach will support vibrancy.  This means doing overall deep cleaning with spot treatment with targeted active ingredients.  Jojoba oil is beneficial for both dry and oily skin, making it the perfect choice for combo skin.

The FIX:  The best bet is to do a complete cleanse daily followed with a balancing toner topped off with a  balancing lightweight moisturizer.  Do a customized weekly mask (see below for mask options).

 

NORMAL

Your skin is neither overly dry nor overly oily.  You may deal with an occasional breakout or dry patch.  Even “normal” skin requires daily care and attention with products that maintain balance and support the skin.

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR MASK

Use these mixes as the moisture in the mask of your choice:

Dry Skin: mash ½ avocado + 1 TBSP olive oil

Oily Skin: ½ banana mashed + 1 tsp turmeric

Dull Skin: 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice + a drizzle of honey

Combo Skin: Use different mask blends simultaneously to treat the needs of different areas of your face.

A NOTE ON SENSITIVE SKIN

You can have sensitive skin despite your type; meaning, your skin is especially susceptible to irritation or redness caused by certain ingredients.  It’s helpful to do a patch test with new skincare.  To do this, place a small amount of the product in an inconspicuous spot such as the inside of your arm or leg & wait for 10 minutes (to be extra cautious wait 24 hours) then rinse.  If no redness, irritation or adverse reaction happened its likely safe to use.   Sensitive skin needs gentle, soothing ingredients which are free of allergens, chemicals, and synthetic ingredients.

 

Statements made by Vibrant Within, LLC, it's members or owners have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner.

October 30, 2019 — Hanna Hendrickson

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