Let’s all face it (yes, this is a total pun!), in order to put our best foot forward each day, we want to look our best. You have a direct effect on many things; the clothes your wear, the added accessories, the shoes and so on. But, when it comes to our face, we are kind of stuck with the one we have.
Yes, it is true that we can use makeup to help aide our complexion in looking flawless and youthful. Changes in our diets and drinking more water are also huge helpful additions as well. Still, there are many herbal remedies that can nourish your face, and allow it to be the best face it can be.
The most important factor in facial skin care is to know which facial skin type that you have. There are 5 different skin types. They are: dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, and combination skin. It is possible that a person’s facial skin type can change during one’s life. Any number of things can allow for this to happen; illness, age, stress, pregnancy, etc. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look at each of the different types of facial skin in order to discover the best herbs to use in your facial regime.
Dry Skin Types: The underlying problem with dry facial skin is due to the fact that there are inactive or underactive oil glands. Because these oil glands do not produce the normal amount of sebum (oily secretion that keeps hair and skin supple), it creates skin that is not naturally lubricated as it should be by our own bodies. Physical signs of having dry skin are usually a dull appearance. The facial skin will feel dry to the touch, and may be even itchy at times. Some of the things that people with dry skin can do to help with their situation is to drink plenty of water. Externally, facial mists are a plus, as well as the addition of using very rich hydrating and moisturizing creams and lotions.
Oily Skin Types: Oily skin is the exact opposite of dry skin types. This skin type is caused by super active glands that produce too much sebum. This results in skin that has a sleek or greasy feel. Physically, oily facial skin is shiny. The best time to notice this is at the mid-day point. This is when the oil glands are at their peak in production. The over active glands in oily skin even have the additional downfall of the usual large and clogged pores. People with oily skin types are also very prone to non-inflammatory acne- due to the clogged pores. This acne is caused from the sebum trapped inside the skin which then results in lesions that are pus filled. These pus filled lesions are in the medical world referred to as comedones. In simple terms, comedones are known to you and me as blackheads and whiteheads. Also, oily facial skin is prone to breakout in inflammatory acne. This type of acne includes pimples and cystic zits. Cystic zits are deep, painful, inflamed blemishes that can be very large. On a positive note, oily facial skin types generally have a more youthful and supple look to their facial appearance over all of the other skin types. One thing that people with oily facial skin can benefit from is an occasional herbal steam treatment and herbal clay masks.
Sensitive Skin Types: Sensitive skin is sometimes considered more of a skin condition rather than a skin type, but for informational purposes we are going to include this skin type. Sensitive facial skin types are a special category for skin types because of the various conditions of skin that they include. Sensitive skin can include dry, normal, or oily skin. The reason why this facial skin type is special or sensitive is because the facial skin actually reacts unfavorably to both environmental conditions and common cleansing and moisturizing products. The common cleansing and/or moisturizing products could include those that contain alcohol, synthetic oils, some essential oils, some fragrance oils, and artificial colors. This skin type actually requires special caring treatments. The best line of defense for aiding sensitive skin types are gentle, natural products, that also includes light steaming and some essential oils.
Normal Skin Types: For these lucky people, the oil glands actually produce the correct amount of sebum. What this then develops to is a naturally balanced state between oily and dry skin. The physical appearance of normal skin types is full, fresh, glowing face. To yourself and others, you skin seems to reflect light evenly, almost giving your face a radiant glow. Sure enough too, people who have normal skin types rarely suffer from breakouts. However, please do not be fooled! Even though the normal facial skin types seems to have it all, that does not necessarily mean that normal facial skin people have any less work to do in keeping their faces flawless. In order to keep normal skin types faces happy and content, regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing steps still need to be carried out in a habitual regime.
Combination Skin Types: This facial skin type is the most common group that the majority of us fall into. Basically, as I am sure you have already figured out by the name of this group, the combination skin type people are the ones with at least two different skin types at any time. Physically, combination facial skin types will be quite aware of their T-zone. The T-zone is the area of the forehead, nose, and chin. Basically, this makes a T on the face. This zone is generally oily, or may even be prone to break outs. The rest of the face (the checks, eye area, temples, and mouth region) are either dry or normal skin types. Another tell tale sign that you have combination facial skin is if your face reacts to the weather and/or climate changes. What this means is that for some of the year your face is super oily, and for other times of the year it is dry as a bone. For this group of people, facial treatments will range. Due to the varying combinations the facial skin types are among the combination facial skin type group, it is extremely important to evaluate which skin types you have and treat them separately. Of course, in the dry areas of the face, you would treat as such; the oily (or T-zone) area would be treated correspondingly; etc.
All right folks, it is time to listen/read up! I know you all are probably just like me, chalking ourselves up into the normal facial skin type, but the truth is, the best way to allow the most beautiful face to come forward is to know which facial skin type you are and treat it as such.
So now, I bet you are wondering, “All of this information is great, but how do I really know which category my face is in?” Don’t worry; it is common place for the majority of people not to know which skin type they are. In fact, many women incorrectly gauge their skin type which results in improper products and facial treatment usages. When the wrong facial care treatments are used, the possible consequences are irritation, acne, and can even add to the aging of your facial skin (hello wrinkles, I didn’t have you scheduled a few more years!).
Okay, I know that the last paragraph is a little scary, but, get ready and hold on to your seats, we have already researched this and we have found a trick to help you discover which group your face falls into.
There are two steps for every facial type that stay consistent across the board. They are:
1. You must get your Beauty Sleep! Obviously this sleep was named correctly for the right reasons. Night time is the best time to pamper your face. Why you ask, well I’ve got two answers for you. First, even though you are sleeping your body is still hard at work. During the night, your skin rejuvenates itself. This makes it a prime time to treat your face with skin loving nutrients. Secondly, many of the super nutrient ingredients that are in skin care products are just like vampires in the sunlight. These ingredients are broken down by the sun rays and are not as potent therefore making facial treatment regimes not as effective.
2. Water, water, and more water: Could I say that one more time, yes- water is one of the best things that we can provide our bodies. Not only is water natures secret key for keeping our bodies hydrated and functioning properly, but it also helps keep our skin supple and fresh.
Now, onward to discovering which skin type you have.
The first step is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat your face dry. You do not have to scrub it down or over wash. You are just looking to remove any makeup, dirt, and grime from your pores, essentially giving your face a fresh starting place.
The second step is to wait. The magical time is one hour. During this period, your skin will return to its natural state. This is the key step in determining which facial skin type you have. It is very important that during this wait time you do not touch your face.
The third step: After an hour has elapsed, you will need a tissue to test with. It is very important that while you are dabbing the different areas of the face, you are also consecutively using different areas of the tissue. The area breakdown is as follows: The T-zone of the forehead and nose, the chin, cheeks, outer cheeks, and the outer forehead along the hairline. Remember to use a different area of the tissue for each of the different areas of the face!
The fourth step: Assessment and Determination time.
You have a normal skin type- if you show little to no oil or flaking on the tissue. You face will also feel very smooth and supple. Your facial pores are visible, on the smaller end but not large.
You have an oily skin type- if your tissue has a lot of grease (or oil) on it. You may also have flakiness or patches of flakiness on your face, especially around your nose and T area of the forehead. Your facial pores will be large.
You have a dry skin type- if your tissue has flakes on it. Also, your face will feel very tight. Your facial pores will be small.
You have a combination skin type- if your tissue is showing oil on the T-zone areas. All of the other areas that you dabbed do not show oil. Combination skin also applies to the tissues that show oil on the areas of chin, temples, and jaw line, but does not show oil in the T-zone. It is common for within this group to have an oily T-zone, with dryness on the cheek area.
You have a sensitive skin type- if your tissue has no oil on it. However, what differentiates you from dry facial skin is the tell tale sign that you have irritation or red blotches on your face. It is actually the broken capillaries and vessels (causing the redness) that are located underneath the facial skin that denotes this skin type. Your face may even feel dry and itchy.
Now that you have the information to discover which facial skin type you are; we are hard at work researching various facial recipes for each skin type category. Be on the lookout for our future blog post were we will discuss different avenues of facial skin caring and what proactive steps you can take to always put your best face forward.
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