When searching for the best organic skin care products to solve your problem skin, it’s often helpful to know what skin type you have in the first place. Skin types can vary on many different conditions, from genetics to external factors. Your skin changes as you age and change environments. It’s important to be attuned to how your skin’s needs adjust over time so you can treat it with the best ingredients that are compatible with it. Here are some different skin types that you might fall under, and tips to best serve their needs.
What Determines Skin Types?
“Normal skin” is a term used to describe skin types that are well balanced in terms of oil. Your skin naturally produces its own own oil called sebum. Sebum has many important roles for your skin. Primarily, sebum serves as a barrier to your skin to keep toxins and bacteria out of your skin, and seal hydration and nutrients into your skin. It keeps skin properly moisturized by preventing the evaporation of water from your skin. As sebum flows through your pores, it helps to disperse dirt and bacteria to prevent clogged pores, inflammation and acne, meaning that a balanced amount of sebum production can actually prevent acne. Another important aspect of sebum is that it transports Vitamin E from blood to your skin surface, and the delivery of this vital antioxidant helps to ward off signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Different skin types result when your sebum production is out of balance, which can be caused by your DNA, sun damage, aging, and climate. Determining your skin type will help you learn more about the needs of your skin, and how to best take care of it.
If you have normal skin, it means your sebum production is balanced. For the most part, your skin is balanced and worry free, but you might have occasional flare ups of oily or dry skin that are easily and quickly resolved. Normal skin types need lower levels of maintenance, and a regular upkeep with an organic skin care routine will keep them in check.
Pairing normal skin with a gentle, hydrating cleanser such as the Nopal Cactus Cleanser will help prevent clogged pores that can upset the delicate balance of your skin. Avoid using personal care products containing harsh chemicals to preserve your skin’s stasis.
If your skin is dry even after winter has past, chances are you have dry skin. Many people are born with dry skin, but dry skin can also result from accumulated free radical damage from UV rays, pollution, and other environmental stressors. You might notice dry patches or itchy flaking, an overall tightness in your skin, a dull complexion, and deeper fine lines. As opposed to dehydrated skin that needs more water, dry skin needs more oil to help your skin retain water. Acne can also come with dry skin as your skin overproduces sebum to try to compensate
Dry skin types will benefit from using a Restorative Facial Oil that’s packed with essential fatty acids from cold pressed seed oils to help repair your skin’s moisture barrier and restore natural radiance. Regularly apply an antioxidant rich moisturizer to help smooth out fine lines. Organic moisturizing ingredients are a must for dry skin.
Oily skin types typically suffer from excess shine, exaggerated appearance of enlarged pores, acne, and acne scars. You might be born with oily skin, or it might be triggered by a change in your hormone levels. This excess oil production means more sebum remaining on your skin surface, which can lead to clogged pores and acne if you don’t regularly cleanse and nourish your skin. Excess oil weighs on the skin surrounding your pores, which is what leads to enlarged looking pores.
Using harsh cleansing ingredients on your skin and over exfoliating can actually exacerbate the problem. Harsh drying ingredients can cause your skin to overproduce sebum to compensate. In addition to cleansing your skin on a regular basis with an anti-inflammatory cleanser like the Nopal Cactus Cleanser, follow up with an organic Flower Water Toner to hydrate skin and help maintain balanced pH levels. Look for fast absorbing moisturizers to avoid overloading your skin with oil, like an organic Seaberry Moisturizer with light, antioxidant rich plant oils.
Combination skin can be the most confusing to treat because you may suffer from symptoms of different skin types. While your T-Zone - the center area of your face from your forehead to your chin - may exhibit oiliness, other areas of your face like your eye area and cheeks may tend to be dry.
A great tip for dealing with combination skin is to simply use two different types of moisturizers for different parts of your face. For example, apply Yerba Mate Eye Cream to nourish and fight crow’s feet with moisturizing grape seed oil, and massage your cheeks with a Restorative Facial Oil. For your T-Zone and other areas of your face that are more oily instead, use Seaberry Moisturizer for a lightweight cream that’s just enough to nourish and moisturize without clogging your pores.
Finding the right skin care products can be difficult, but once you learn about different skin types and identify the symptoms you experience, adopting a skin care routine will be simple. Remember, all skin types will benefit from regular upkeep, organic skin care ingredients, sun protection, and proper diet. Enjoy your skin care journey!