Figuring out your skin type and ways to care for it naturally can be a daunting task. Do you know your skin type? Do you identify as “oily” or “dry”? It’s essential to know your skin type to get the most out of your skincare products and achieve the best results. Proper skin health is more than skin deep. Making sure that you are consuming the right foods & staying hydrated is just as important.
The types of skin.
When you think about your skin type, most of us think of five kinds: normal, oily, dry, combination, sensitive. But honestly, I like to remind people there are at least eight different types.
- First Signs of Aging
- Second Signs of Aging
To determine your skin type, you must first understand what the characteristics of each type are.
Normal – Barely visible pores. Your skin rarely faces blemishes or pimples. It can occasionally feel dry, but not enough to classify as “dry skin.”
Oily – Your pores, especially on the nose, are enlarged and visible. Your face can look shiny and feel oily.
Dry – Your skin may chronically feel tight, especially around the cheeks and corners of the lips, and your forehead can feel rough and matte. Your skin will often quickly absorb lotions or moisture. To be classified as dry skin, your skin will need to feel this way usually, even shortly after applying moisturizer.
Dehydrated – This is “acute” dry skin. Your skin may have the same symptoms as listed above for dry skin, but it’s only on occasion. This dryness could be from the weather, being in a new environment (vacationing, etc.) or from dehydration in the body. The symptoms of dry skin usually improve soon after the cause is removed.
Combination – You could have (or not have) visible pores, especially on the nose, and your face occasionally blemishes. A characteristic of combination skin is a shiny T-zone.
Sensitive – Your skin is very reactive & prone to redness and inflammation, whether you neglect it or apply skincare products.
DID YOU KNOW?
Oily skin is thirsty skin.
Most people don’t realize that having oily skin is a result of having chronically dry skin. This in part why it’s important to figure out your skin type and which products you actually need. This is why its important to figure out your skin type and know how to care for it.
Dry skin doesn’t always mean, dry skin.
When your skin is chronically dry, the body overcompensates to produces more sebum to hydrate – just like it’s designed to do. To remedy this, you pick up a product designed for oily skin. As you wash away the oil, your body quickly replenishes, making you get more and more aggressive in your skincare routine to prevent the oil. All this cleansing dries out your skin even more and triggering (can you guess?) more oil!
Facial oils are important.
Facial oils are formulated to replenish your skin’s natural oils. And believe it or not, all skin types benefit from facial oil, yes, even the oily skin type.
A general rule of thumb is one drop for dry skin, two drops for normal, and three drops for dry skin.
Incorporating a high-quality facial oil into your skincare routine will significantly improve your skin’s health and radiance. Depending on your skin, you can figure out the best schedule. Some people benefit from using facial oil once per week, others every day.
There are two types of aging phases.
It’s natural to age. While skincare companies are spending millions to market anti-aging, companies like Neal’s Yard Remedies combat by formulating products that help you age well.
Neal’s Yard Remedies has formulated products for the first and second signs of aging.
The first signs of aging include fine lines and wrinkles.
The second signs of aging include loss of firmness and deep lines and wrinkles.
Skincare goes further than skin deep.
If you want to improve your skin health and create a radiant, youthful appearance, you need to look further than the bathroom cabinet. Your pantry also holds the key to skin health. Several foods can complement and help care for specific skin types.
Normal – incorporate leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. Nuts and especially leafy greens are packed with Vitamin A (which you may know in the skincare world as retinol) which boosts your skin’s antioxidants and collagen levels. (4)
Oily – Incorporate spirulina and fiber-rich whole grains. Spirulina contains an antioxidant called Tyrosine which could help slow down the aging of skin cells. (6) The chlorophyll that’s found in spirulina has properties to help your skin retain moisture. (1) (Remember when I said Oily skin is thirsty skin?) Consuming fiber rich wholegrains can help eliminate toxins through the GI tract instead of accumulating in your pores. (2)
Dehydrated – Since dehydrated skin is more often a temporary condition, re-hydrating your body is the best way to help. Incorporating hydrating foods like celery and watermelon can help. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
Combination – Cucumbers and leafy greens are a quickly hydrating (for the dry part), and the vitamin A in the leafy greens can help boost collagen. Vitamin A can help remove free radicals which can help prevent loss or degradation of collagen. (4)
Sensitive – Incorporating antioxidant-rich whole grains such as buckwheat could help since it’s a powerhouse of antioxidants, which, as mentioned above, can help prevent loss or degradation of collagen. (5) Sensitive skin can sometimes be food allergy related too, so following an elimination diet, or testing for food allergies could help.
First Signs of Aging – Consuming seaweed could help combat the first signs of aging because of its antioxidant properties. It provides fiber and polysaccharides which support gut health. A healthy gut can better utilize collagen, which could combat fine lines and wrinkles. (7)
Second Signs of Aging – Consuming Gogi berries could help combat a loss of firmness and deep lines because of its antioxidant properties and reduce inflammation. Gogi berries could help even out skin tone and promote collagen production. (8)
Your skin changes, and it’s perfectly normal.
Over time your skin will change, and so could your skin type. Figuring out your skin type and ways to care for it naturally while taking note that skin type changes. Several factors will contribute to this change, of course, including geographical changes (e.g., moving from the beach to the rainy northwest), hormonal (e.g., menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc.), or simply aging. (9) It’s important to acknowledge that your skin has changed and to work with it. Your skin will be different when you’re in your 30’s versus your 20’s.
Accommodate it, take care of it, and love it.