by Tami-Marie' DeNio
Owner of Skin. Bath and Body, LLC
There are many products available today that have been made to care for your skin-but which ones are right for you? You could have Oily, Dry, Mature, Combination, etc. so how do you identify which skin type is yours? The first step to understanding what products you need to use on your skin is to understand your skin type.
I currently have Mature Dry Skin around the Eyes and Mouth, however I experience very oily skin on the forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin - most likely due to really fun hormones. I have found that being mindful of my daily living such as diet & exercise, balance of work & family brings everything into center and a sense of calm... including my skin.
Unlike the past, we presently know that drying out the skin with alcohols, certain acids for acne and wrinkles, etc. can and very often will just throw your skin off balance, dry it out even more and produce more oil. You're body is just trying to bring into balance what you have over compensated it with! Or layering the face with Vaseline or pore clogging clod creams will bring on enlarged pores and breakouts causing even more congested skin. Key word: BALANCE. (Another article about this subject coming soon...)
So, for now, let's try to identify your skin type.
Skin types usually fall into these categories: Dry, Oily Combination, Problem, Sensitive, Dehydrated, and Mature.
Dry Skin: Feels tight after cleansing, is prone to fine lines, tends to age faster than oilier skin types, flaking and can be irritated by hot or cold extreme conditions.
Oily Skin: Shiny, prone to large pores and may develop problems such as blackheads. The good news ( actually GREAT news) is that it tends to age slower than drier skin types.
Combination Skin: Usually Oily around the T-Zone (an area of skin conveying the middle of the forehead, the nose and chin) and drier around the cheeks, eyes and outer areas of the face. (that's me!)
Problem Skin: Often identified as oily or acne however there are other types of problem skin such as eczema or psoriasis.
Sensitive Skin: Prone to extreme stress and reacts with contact to specific allergens (often harsh synthetic cleansing ingredients) by becoming inflamed, irritated, red and rashy.
Dehydrated Skin: Not to be confused with Dry Skin. This skin type has a dry dull, flaky appearance. Even oily skin can develop a dehydrated condition due to excessive sweating, poor diet, harsh cleansers or air-conditioning.
Mature Skin: Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dull and sallow appearance. This is often caused by your body's aging metabolism which slows down the process of skin renewal and sebum production. In addition, smoking, excessive sun exposure and stress can accelerate skin aging.
Once you have identified your skin type, now you can zero in on which products are appropriate for your skin care regime.
Below is a summary of essential oils suitable for specific skin types. We have also listed a few essential oils that are used in each of our soaps, lotions, butters and polishes to enable you to choose the most suitable products for your skin type. (Notice how many times the essential oil of Lavender and Geranium are listed....)
Dry: Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rosewood, Myrrh, Sandal wood, Frankincense.
Oily: Lavender, Geranium, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Tea Tree, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Palmarosa, Myrle, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Most Citrus Oils.
Combination: Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa, Chamomile, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Mandarin.
Problem: Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Calendula, Tea Tree Cedarwood, Juniper berry, Myrtle.
Sensitive: Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh.
Dehydrated: Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
Mature: chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree (helps skin renewal to speed up), Rosewood, Rose, Sandal wood, Frankincense.
Essential Oils can be used in all types of skin products; cleansers, toners, scrubs, masks, moisturizers, creams, and serums. Just remember NEVER to use any essential oils directly onto skin without diluting with "carrier oil".
Plant-based products such as our products at Skin. Bath and Body are an excellent choice for ALL skin types as they help to soothe problem conditions and enhance the beauty of your skin.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Tami-Marie's article on carrier oils, herbal extracts and botanicals for various skin types.
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About the author: Tami-Marie' DeNio is an herbalist and soapmaker who focuses only Organic, certified organic, sustainable, fair trade and organic products. She formulates her own tinctures, extractions, and herbal infusions for all of her bath and body products specifically designed for various skin types and skin challenges.