August 6, 2020
When it comes to your skin care, it all starts with understanding your unique skin type. Using cleansers that are too stripping for your skin (even if you have an oily complexion) can result in even *more* oil production, and applying moisturizers that are too thick or heavy can result in even *dryer* skin.
Remember, not all skin types are created equal. After all, each one of us has different textures, tones, concerns and goals! That’s where we come in. We want to help you get to know your skin and then take the overwhelm out of finding the right tools and how to use them in the ideal order – so you’re not scrolling for hours on Google, or spending money on products that aren’t doing what you hoped.
We’re going back to basics and sharing our ideal and foundational skin regimen for each skin type – and in our recommended order of application!
When it comes to keeping acne at bay, the battle is R-E-A-L to say the least, no matter your age. Acne-prone skin tends to get congested easily, due to oil getting trapped below the surface of the skin, which means regular breakouts and clogged pores are a common occurrence for you. We’ll let you in on a little (not-so) secret straight from our skin experts – when it comes to combating stubborn breakouts, consistency and choosing the right products to target acne (like salicylic acid and vitamin A in the form of retinol) are essential.
Oily skin is usually one of the easier types to identify – and is categorized by larger pores, and an extra oily complexion. You’ll want to focus your regimen on balancing that excess sebum production, with gentle acids like salicylic, mandelic and hyaluronic.
Combination skin types usually experience oilier skin in the T-zone area, and dry in other areas of the face. But, combination skin can also mean acne-prone and sensitive, or dry and acne-prone… plenty of possibilities here! Mixing and matching products for different concerns is the best way to love combination skin. Don’t be afraid to spot treat. It’s tooootally encouraged to reach for different products on different areas of the face – depending on the concern (for example, using a heavier moisturizer only on the dryer cheek area, or a purifying cleanser only on your break-out prone chin area ). It’s all about what works for you!
If you can’t seem to quench your skin’s thirst, you most likely deal with dry skin. An extra check? Your skin (especially areas around the eyes and mouth) feel tight and uncomfortable without using a moisturizer, and you likely experience flakiness, no matter how many layers of moisturizer you slather on. Dry skin tends to have smaller pores and lacks oil (versus dehydrated skin which lacks water). Make sure your daily line-up includes oils rich in omega fatty acids to support your moisture barrier and repair flaky skin (macadamia nut oil, marula oil, and avocado oil are all plant-powerhouses!)
If you fall under this category, you may be prone to skin conditions like eczema, or rosacea – or are even super-sensitive to environmental factors like the sun and cold or hot temperatures. Introducing new products to your routine can seem like an impossible task, but when in doubt, look for soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to relieve a red complexion (like arnica, blue tansy, frankincense, sandalwood nut, and calendula to name a few of our faves). Sensitive skin is not the same as “sensitized” skin, which occurs as a result of exposure to too many harsh ingredients (like rough exfoliators). If you’re not sure which one you fall under, book a Skin Consultation with our Holistic Estheticians to learn more!
Cleanser: Moon Juice – Milk Cleanse
Toner: Wildcare – Rosemary + Bay Hydrosol
Serum: Living Libations – SoothSayer Serum
Moisturizer: Tata Harper – Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer
Mask: Wildcare – Soft Focus Mask
While this category isn’t any more ‘normal’ than any of the others, those that fall under this type don’t typically experience any specific concerns and usually have a nice balance of oil and moisture. However… that doesn’t mean your #skingoals don’t matter! Targeting your skincare regimen towards supporting the aging process is a great way to go – think weekly exfoliating treatments to aid in skin resurfacing, antioxidant-rich serums to combat oxidative stress, and hydration for an overall plump and bright complexion.
Cleanser: Tata Harper – Regenerating Cleanser
Toner: H is for Love – Pollen Illuminating Mist
Serum: Tata Harper – Resurfacing Serum
Moisturizer: Ursa Major – Golden Hour Recovery Cream
Mask: goop – goopglow Microderm Exfoliator
Have more Q’s about your skin type and skin routine? Book a Virtual or In-Person Consult with our team of Holistic Estheticians! Or, reach out to our Holistic Estheticians via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.