When it comes to products out there on the market it can be confusing. Then they throw a new fad at you and that is all that you see. If it sells, it just makes sense to follow. Let’s focus now on what botanical ingredients compliment your skin type.
Let me start off by saying that not all things fit one. Just because your friend has a product or products that work for them doesn’t mean that will work for you. You really need to know what type of skin type you have so that you can try products catered to that skin type. Once you know what skin type you have, then it’s to find the right product fit.
Let’s start off with figuring out what skin type you have. With a quick google search you will find these instructions and be able to determine what skin type you have.
How to Find your Skin Type:
1. Wash your face: Start with a completely clean face and remove all makeup and dirt.
2. Wait 2 hours
3. Determine your skin type by in its natural state.
4. You have NORMAL SKIN if you: Have no signs of flaking or oiliness and is smooth to the touch. Good Hydration, tone and resilience. Normal skin looks soft, moist and plump with a healthy glow and color.
5. You Have OILY SKIN if: you exhibit shininess and is slick to the touch with a thick and firm appearance. Pores tend to look enlarged.
6. You have DRY SKIN if: your skin feels tight, flaky, rough to the touch and possibly itchy.
7. You have COMBINATION SKIN: If you experience all the above reactions. Commonly the combination of either normal cheeks with an oily T-Zone or dry cheeks with a normal T-Zone.
Now that we determined what skin type we have, it’s time to look at some botanical ingredients to complement the skin type. While the list is not comprehensive it can help you to get started. Remember that some of these botanical ingredients can benefit across all types of skin. Please note that these are merely general guidelines and you should consult your dermatologist if you are experiencing out of the ordinary or severe issues.
Let’s start with normal skin. Normal skin is essentially the result of a properly functioning epidermis and dermis. Normal skin requires a proper morning and evening cleansing routine and additionally include moisturizing, sunscreen and nighttime hydrating creams or face oils.
Look for botanical oils such as Camellia Seed, Argan and sunflower to name a few. Botanical extracts and oils can have great anti-aging properties and should be considered. These include Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, and Green Tea.
Oily skin is due to overactive sebaceous (oil) glands which is mainly controlled by androgens. Oily skin requires gentle cleansing morning and night and it is essential to keep the skin clean and hydrated. Don’t’ forget the sunscreen! Oily skin can benefit from weekly clay masks and exfoliation.
Look for witch hazel distillate (alcohol free)/ extracts, willow bark extract (contains natural occurring salicylic acid), exfoliants with papaya extracts, healing botanicals like chamomile and calendula (for acne inflammation and redness).
Dry Skin is obviously the opposite of oily skin in the sense that is a result of under-active sebaceous (oil) glands. Oil gland activity and natural exfoliation process slows down with time. Care for dry skin should include products that will add emollients or oils as well as stimulate the skin’s natural production of humectants.
Look for aloe vera juice /extracts etc. vegetable glycerin, sugar cane extract (glycolic acid), apple extracts (malic acid) hydrolyzed milk protein (lactic acid), as well as Hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) which can be derived from vegetable sources. Carrier oils high in oleic, palmitoleic acid and rich in anti-oxidants such as Rose hip, Macadamia Nut, Camellia seed. For extra dry skin, oils that take longer to absorb can benefit from using Avocado, pomegranate and coconut oils.
There are so many botanical ingredients out there that you can choose from, just make sure you find out what skin type the product was formulated for. You’ll often see that some products are suitable for all skin types and that is ok too. A lot of ingredients can be intertwined to benefit all skin types. Again, it’s finding what is right for you. You might spend the time and money but once you have something that works, you’ll be happy. The best part? You’ve made an active choice to use botanical ingredients which offer so much natural benefits for your skin.
I’d like to mention here before I go is this: Give your new-found products a chance before you move onto something else. Skin care is a lifetime commitment, and as they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
Here’s a blog post you might be interested in from OrgAngie : Enemies of the Skin