1st Things 1st: Know Ur Skin
‘Normal’ is a term widely used to refer to well-balanced skin. The scientific term for healthy skin is eudermic.
Normal skin has:
- fine pores
- good blood circulation
- a velvety, soft and smooth texture
- a fresh, rosy colour uniform transparency
- no blemishes
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‘Oily’ is used to describe a skin type with heightened sebum production. This over production is known as seborrhea.
Oily skin is characterised by:
- enlarged, clearly visible pores
- a glossy shine
- thicker, pale skin: blood vessels may not be visible
Oily skin is prone to comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and to the varying forms of acne.
‘Dry’ is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin. As a result of the lack of sebum, dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external influences.
Mildly dry skin can feel tight, brittle and rough and look dull. Skin elasticity is also low.
Very dry skin
If the dryness is not treated, skin may develop:
- mild scaling or flakiness in patches
- a rough and blotchy appearance (sometimes it appears to be prematurely aged)
- a feeling of tightness
- possible itchiness
Combination skin is, as the name suggests, skin that consists of a mix of each skin type.
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Stay In The Know
- Every good skin care routine starts with a fresh slate—meaning washing your face should be a non-negotiable part of your beauty regimen, no matter the time of year.
- Central heating and space heaters—you know, two winter necessities—can reduce
- humidity and dry out your skin. Plus, taking long, hot showers—most likely one of your favorite cold weather activities—can also be drying to your skin.
- According to the AAD, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp because this helps lock in hydration.
- ‘Pores are not temperature-sensitive. Hot water can make the outer layers of skin swell, which makes pores look more “open”. but they don’t open and close based on temperature. When washing, water should be kept at a lukewarm temperature.’
- Start using your humidifier
- Take quick warm (not hot) showers
- Don’t use harsh soap
- Use a multitasking moisturizer
- Give your hands extra TLC
- Soften your soles
Using plant based formulations that are rich in vital skin nutrients and antioxidants, you can help nourish the skin and help it repair itself. Rather than over-drying or stripping away the skin’s natural balance with chemicals and synthetics, organic skin care products work in harmony with the skin
Your skin is the largest living, breathing organ on your body. Up to 60% of what you apply on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream, which then gets circulated around your whole body. But if you knew what toxins non-organic skin care products contained, you would think twice before you use it. So it’s no surprise to see more and more people switching to organic skin care products.
Certified organic products are derived from plants and other naturally occurring ingredients. More importantly, those organic ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals. With that, you can be sure your skin and body absorb only real, natural ingredients that aren’t harmful.