Ever wonder about the hype about a certain newsworthy ingredient and felt the need to try it? What if the latest craze doesn’t agree with your dermis? And how do you know if you have normal/combination, dry, oily, or sensitive skin at all? These are the questions we’re going to answer for you and give you some recommendations on what ingredients to use or avoid with your skin type.
Normal / Combination Skin
This means that your skin can be dry or normal in certain areas and oily in others such as the T-zone. With skin that isn’t problematic, it’s easy to forget to nourish it. However, we’ve found people with these skin types tend to undermoisturize.
“Using a rich serum or oil-based moisturizer helps strengthen skin cells, prevent flaking on dry areas as well as create a protective layer of moisture that lasts all day”
But keep in mind, these products still need to be fast-absorbing in order to reduce the chances of them clogging your pores. Products such as Niu Body's Glow Luminizing Facial Serum or Seraphine Botanicals' Cherry Rose + Nectar would be a great choice to give your complexion the boost it needs without making it break out.
Help Me, My Skin’s Dry!
There’s no need to panic. Dry skin is manageable and if it gets out of control, we have a few ideas on how to get you back on track. Dry skin often feels tight throughout the day and is more prone to flakiness. Environmental factors such as pollution, dry climates, hormonal changes and genetics (pfff…) can affect just how severe your dry skin condition can be.
The good news is that with a healthy diet and lifestyle you can help tone the symptoms down. We recommend drinking plenty of fluid and we don’t mean your 10 am margaritas or pumpkin spiced latte!
“You probably already own a great collection of moisturizers and creams. We’re here to remind you that a good face mask with ingredients such as AHAs and oil-absorbing clays may also be your best friend.”
Using a face mask promotes blood flow and cellular turnover without removing your skin’s natural defenses. Check out these products that have been proven to buddy up just fine with dry skins : Dr Botanicals’ Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask and Peony Cosmetics’ Sparkling Serum.
Call Me Shiny
Oily skin can be frustrating as it’s working overtime to produce excess sebum which may result in congested or clogged pores.
The biggest mistake you can make if you have oily skin is NOT to moisturize and to do it well with an oil-free hydrator or a gel serum.
“Reach for products with ingredients which have been clinically proven to reduce breakouts and blackheads such as Salicylic Acid or AHA Fruit Acids”
Stop Yelling At Me!
Yes, we all know, you are sensitive. But really what you need here is the know-how to care for your sensitive skin without irritating it any further.
“We say declutter your vanity table. Use products with minimal ingredients and little to no fragrance at all.”
It is important you don’t stress your already stressed-out skin and observe how that one product behaves on your skin. Always make sure you patch test first to avoid unwanted surprises. Avoid ingredients such as harsh preservatives like phenoxyethanol, parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, mineral oils and alcohol. Here’s what we suggest from our catalog : LXMI’s Nilotica Lip Melt, Peony Cosmetics’ Rosebud Oil & The Best Kind’s Whipped Body Butter. Remember to always patch test first!