March 31st, 2015

Skin Types

Skin Types

Our skin is as unique as we are, that’s why it’s so important to know and understand your skin type so you can look after your skin effectively.  The initial quality, or type, of your skin is genetically determined however later on in life, the condition of our skin largely depends on our lifestyle choices, what we eat and how we take care of our skin. Generally most people’s skin falls into one of three types: dry, oily or combination.  The easiest way to determine your skin type is to use a clean facial tissue to wipe your face in the morning when you have woken up. We will explore how to identify your skin type and which ingredients are beneficial to your particular skin type.


Dry Skin

If you have dry skin the tissue will look clean but your face will feel flaky and dry and may feel a bit tight. Dry skin may have a sallow tone and fine pores. Dry skin can be prone to aging and may become irritated easily. Aloe Vera can be beneficial to dry skin. It is also ideal for sensitive skin. Aloe Vera helps to reduce redness and soothe irritation. Glycolic acid, a naturally occurring compound in sugar cane, is also good for dry skin; it regenerates collagen and evens skin tone.


Oily Skin

Oily skin will leave spots of oil on the paper, corresponding to the areas of the face – the nose, cheeks and forehead. Oily skin usually has a greasy or shiny appearance, often with enlarged pores and is prone to acne. However, the good news is oily skin is not generally prone to ageing and wrinkling. Tea Tree Oil is a good option for oily skin. It is a natural antiseptic and is helpful in the treatment of oily skin because it dissolves skin oils and kills bacteria that can cause acne. Salicylic acid is also a great choice for oily complexions; it is a type of natural acid that opens clogged pores and neutralises bacteria. This ingredient comes from bark of the willow tree and helps to break down blackheads and whiteheads.


Combination Skin

Combination skin can be identified if the tissue has traces of oil across the t-zone i.e nose and forehead, but will be clean where it touched your cheeks. Combination skin will appear to have both dry patches and other areas that appear greasy. Dry zones are typically on the cheeks and around the eyes, whereas oily areas are usually the forehead and nose. Ylang Ylang is good for combination skin; it is a natural skin balancer. Ylang Ylang helps to balance sebum production meaning it can be beneficial when treating acne.  Rosemary also benefits combination complexions due to its natural astringent properties. It can help remove excess oil from the skin without causing excess dryness. Rosemary also stimulates circulation, which can help restore elasticity and firmness to the skin.


The best route to complexion perfection is to get to know your skin type. Once you know your skin type you can properly care for your skin and know which ingredients work for you and which don't. After all, we have to live in our skin for life so it’s best to look after it!


31 / 03 / 2015

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