All skin care products are NOT created equal! Here are a few things to consider in order to maintain healthy skin:
- Know your skin type:
So now the question becomes, how do you know which type of skin you have? No worries, we’ve got you covered.
Take a good look in the mirror before and after you wash your face. Using a gentle product, like our Cleansing Cream, wash your face and pat it dry. Wait 30 or so minutes then take another peak in the mirror. Notice if your skin presents with any of the following traits which will in turn indicate what type of skin you most likely have.
Dry skin is rough, flaky and tight. You may also notice that your pores are smaller than others. Those with dry skin typically have more visible lines and often complain about itch and/or irritation.
Those with oily skin likely notice that they have larger pores. This skin is smooth, shiny and can even feel greasy which is also often acne prone. Those with oily skin may also experience more blackheads than others. Oily skin is caused by an excess production of sebum
Combination skin is exactly what it sounds like! It is skin that has patches that are oily while also have patches that are dry. Usually it is the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) that are noticeably oily while the cheeks are drier.
Hyperpigmented skin simply means you have some spots that are darker than others. This is the result of an increased amount of melanin in a specific location which is most commonly caused by changes in hormones, excess sun exposure leaving the skin damaged as well as acne scars.
Although people regularly include sensitive skin as a “type” it is not a stand alone category meaning someone can have dry sensitive skin, combination sensitive skin, etc. Those with sensitive skin experience inflammation which results in redness, feeling itchy, dry or even a burning sensation all of which are triggered by the use of certain ingredients (more on that in a moment). This characteristic is...
Normal skin. What does it even mean to have “normal” skin? This is a broad term which simply means the skin is well-balanced, appears soft and has few imperfections. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?!
While all skin types will benefit from a basic routine, different types have different requirements.
2. Manage Your Stress Levels
Now this is certainly easier said than done but nevertheless, should always be something we’re striving to work on.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re experiencing high levels of stress, your skin reacts? That’s because stress directly affects our sympathetic nervous system, releasing cortisol. This introduction of cortisol causes excess oil production in the skin’s glands which in turn clogs pores, encouraging acne breakouts. Additionally, stress can manifest itself as skin rashes, eczema flare ups, redness and other visible forms of irritation.
To avoid these skin issues, it’s important to have tools to help you manage stress. These tools can include an array of things such as positive self-talk, affirmations, structured therapy, increasing rest and the use of external supports like our Keep Calm products; ideally you’ll have a few of these practices stored in your back pocket to use regularly which truly will benefit not just your skin but your overall health and wellness!
3. Look for Fewer, Organic Ingredients
A good skin care routine is nothing without high quality products! That means taking your time to ensure that what you are using is best for your skin. So how do we know what ingredients are best for our skin?!
The ingredients should be all natural, organic where possible, free from sulfates and harsh chemical by-products; these ingredients often dry out the skin, promoting wrinkles and fine lines.
You should be able to easily recognize and pronounce the ingredients in your skincare products, even if you don’t necessarily know what they do. It’s also important to note that not all ingredients will have the same effect on every skin type, (more on that later).
Some of the key ingredients that you should avoid in skin care products are:
-Fragrances which can irritate the skin
-BHA and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene) which have been linked to health hazards and can even affect the endocrine system!
-Formaldehyde, often used in beauty products to prevent bacteria from growing, is considered a human carcinogen and can have longer term health effects.
4. Cover the Basics
Now you’re considering several products but do you have all of your bases covered? The four basic commandments of healthy skin come together to create a basic skin care routine. They are as follows:
Cleanse- Every healthy routine, even the most basic, begins with simply cleaning your face using a mild product. This seems pretty basic and almost like common sense but you’d be surprised how many people don’t actually wash their face with anything other than water. It’s important to use a quality product here, like our Liquid Gold Cleansing Cream, in order to not only remove dirt but also any pore-clogging oils and environmental pollutants which can cause blemishes. Additionally, starting with a freshly cleaned canvas will allow the products you’re applying next to be the most effective.
Tone- Now this step is often missed by a lot of people but it truly is important, especially for our oily skin or acne prone folks! Toners, like our Rose Revival Face Toner, are used to help naturally balance the skin’s pH level which results in a smoother, fresher appearance. They’re also wonderful for helping to reduce enlarged pores (yes, oily/combination skin, I’m talking to you) and lessen inflammation, redness and flaking. This step truly prepares the skin for the moisturizing serum you’ll apply next.
Hydrate- Healthy skin starts from the inside and radiates out! With that being said, hydration should be two fold, meaning you should be drinking a ton of water as well as using moisture retaining products. More recently, you may have heard of hyaluronic acid which is gaining popularity due to its natural presence in our bodies as well as its unique ability to lock in moisture when applied to your skin; it’s actually the star ingredient in our Fresh Face Serum which acts like a big drink of water for your face.
Why is having properly hydrated skin important? Well first because it keeps you feeling supple but also aids in the long term nourishment of our skin (remember it’s the body’s largest organ), which can ultimately slow down the signs of aging. In a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2010, researchers compared the number of wrinkles and levels of skin hydration in 122 women over a period of eight years. They found that on average, a 28-year-old woman had a 52% increase in visible wrinkles by the time she was 36 if she had dry skin, compared to a 22% increase in women with well-hydrated skin. It’s clear, moisture is the key!
Protect- Sunscreen is for everyone, no matter their race or ethnicity! Many people, especially those of a darker hue, fail to consistently use sunscreen as they believe they don’t need it because they won’t get sunburn, for example, that is not the sole reason for its application. Using sunscreen, (and makeup that contains it), protects you from skin cancer, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and helps to maintain the skin’s natural elasticity. Another way to ensure you're properly protecting your skin is to ensure the products your applying also contain zinc oxide which is an excellent protectant from the sun’s harmful rays; Zinc oxide is largely present in our skin care collection.
5. Do a Patch Test
Patch testing new products is important so you’ll know how your skin will react to a new product without risking a negative response on your entire face; This is an especially crucial step if you have identified that you have sensitive skin. In order to do a patch test, apply a small but reasonable amount of the product to your skin on your inner arm or wrist. Wait at least 48 hours to see if there has been an adverse reaction, although waiting up to 4 days is best to ensure your skin doesn’t have a delayed response. During that time frame, you’re checking to see if the area becomes irritated, develops small bumps, inflammation like redness or swelling or any itchiness. In the event that you experience any of the above symptoms, wash the product off of the area and discontinue use immediately. If nothing happens after 96 hours, begin working that product into your skin care regimen.
Developing a healthy skin care routine is one way that we can thank our skin for all that it does to protect us. Once you begin consistently taking care of your skin, you may also notice that you feel more grounded, more relaxed and more confident as you’ve taken the time to love on you for a while!