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       Determining Your Skin Type

                                                 

Our bodies are genetically predisposed to a specific skin type.  However age ,climate and even changing seasons can affect it.  Choosing non toxic organic products that work in harmony with your skin type, will help to achieve that radiant and healthy look.   Consistency with a good morning and evening skin care routine results in putting your best face forward. 

Borrowed from Pure Anada

 

Normal Skin

Normal skin is balanced.  It feels neither too oily nor too dry.  A slight oily sheen may appear in the T-zone by mid-day or occasional blemishes, but for the most part, normal skin is the least problematic.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by itchy, flaky or tight-feeling skin, especially after cleansing or a hot shower.  Dry skin is thin, has small pores and has reduced sebum production.  It is essentially lacking oil.  Because of this, it is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.  Dry skin is more problematic during harsh winter months and dry climates.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by a shiny complexion and large pores due to excessive sebum production.  Oily skin feels thicker than dry skin, and easily becomes greasy by mid-day.  Although not lacking in oils, oily skin can become dehydrated (lacking water).

 

Combination Skin

When your skin shows signs of oiliness, especially in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), yet is dry, tight and flaky on your cheeks, your skin would be classified as combination.  

Recommendations for combination skin, will be the same as Normal Skin (above).  Depending on the season, take advice from our recommendations for Dry or Oily skin as well.

 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is delicate, often drier skin that is easily irritated by certain ingredients, fragrances, environmental elements, or stimulation.  Sensitive skin types often seek out more natural/organic alternatives because of their intolerance to traditional cosmetic products.

 

Acne-Prone Skin

Although not an official “skin type”, skin that is prone to breakouts often needs specialized recommendations to keep inflammation at bay. There are specialized products available.....just contact me, wendy@herbalapothecary.ca

 

Aging Skin

As we age, it’s important to care for our skin and bodies from the inside-out.  Avoiding processed foods and sugar, while incorporating fresh produce and essential fatty acids is the best anti-aging advice available.

Keeping skin nourished and hydrated from the outside is also important to protect it from the sun and free-radical damage.

 

Definitions

Acid Mantle:  There is a protective layer on human skin called the acid mantle.  It’s a thin, acidic barrier that helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance, and keep bacteria out.  The acid mantle can be removed by using harsh soaps or sun damage.  When this happens, skin reacts with inflammation (rashes, breakouts, infections) or by producing an excessive amount of oil.

Cleanse: The purpose of cleansing your skin is to remove excess oils, makeup or dirt that has built up on your face over the course of the day or night.  It’s vitally important to GENTLY cleanse your skin so the acid mantle (defined above) isn’t disrupted.

Tone: Traditionally, “toners” were used to remove excess makeup or as an astringent to tighten pores.  Experts agree that toners are not necessary.  Our creamy cleansers are effective on their own, and astringents only dry out the skin and do nothing to help balance the pH.   However, Pure Anada  “toners” are different.  They are hydrating facial mists which infuse water into the skin cells with aloe, and plant hydrosols.  They can be used as a part of your skincare regime, or as setting sprays when applying mineral makeup.

Hydrate: Hydrating your skin means to infuse it with WATER.  Hydrating your skin from the inside, by drinking water,  is vitally important.  It’s also important to hydrate your skin from the outside, especially in dry climates and cold seasons.  Plant hydrosols and aloe juice are great hydrators when applied to the skin directly.

Moisturize:  Moisturizing your skin means to infuse it with OIL.  Each body produces its own oil to varying degrees.  A lipid (oil) barrier on the skin prevents water from escaping.  Our skin recognizes plant oils, and receives them as nourishing food to keep the texture of your skin soft, and supple.  This is a huge benefit to using organic/natural skincare products.  Traditional skincare products are mainly comprised of silicones or petro-chemicals which coat the skin with a protective barrier, but do nothing to nourish and feed your skin cells.

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