Before you can start your journey to a more natural skin care routine and healthier looking skin, you need to know your skin type.
There are a few skin types. Take the tissue test below to determine which one you fall under.
The Tissue Test
Remove all traces of makeup.
Give your face a good cleanse using warm water and clean cotton balls.
Gently pat dry and wait 30 minutes.
Now cover your face with one ply tissue paper.
Press lightly all over your face and leave on for one minute.
Remove the paper and examine it under the light for the following:
Normal skin – Faint oil traces on most of the paper.
Dry skin – No oily traces.
Combination skin – Oily patches only the sides of the nose, mouth area and forehead.
Oily skin - Lots of oil stains on most of the tissue paper.
Other skin types explained below.
What Kind Of Skin Do I Have? What Is My Skin Type? Dry? Oily? Combination? Normal? Sensitive?
Normal skin in firm, supple,
Warm to the touch,
Not dry or greasy.
It does not have spots or blemishes.
Normal light skin is usually pinkish.
Normal skin is at a neutral PH of about 6.5. It is not too alkaline or too acidic.
Usually shiny appearance
Frequent spots and inflammation.
Aggravated by excessive exposure to the sun, bad eating habits, stress and cold temperatures.
This alkaline type will usually age slowly.
Aging skin is usually more on the dry side.
Hot to the touch.
Lacks tone and elasticity.
Often showing blemishes or a flushed look (erythema – Which is a redness due to the dilation of capillaries)
An aging skin needs constant attention, in the form of toners, creams and natural masks.
This type of skin is either oily, dry or a combination.
The skin appearance has changed due to damage caused by acne or by drying out. The skin may have thickened or thinned areas from scarring. There may be scaling or inflammation.
It may have been affected by any other problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
Special care is needed.
Dry skin is usually hot to the touch.
Dry skin may be scaly with a dull appearance to it.
May have superficial wrinkles.
Dry skin is more acidic than normal skin
More sensitive to wind and cold.
It is more prone to becoming infected, irritated and inflamed.
Moisturising is vital.
This skin type is dry on some areas and oily on others.
Oily areas are usually found on the forehead, around the mouth and chin and side of nose.
The oily areas need drying applications, while the dry areas need moisturising.
Sensitive skin is either oily, dry or a combination,
It is easily effected by the environment. Sudden changes in temperature or humidity are detrimental.
This type of skin may also bruise easily.
It may also be prone to allergic reactions.
This type of skin also requires more TLC.
Basic Skin Care for All Skin Types
It is never too late or too early to begin a natural skin care routine. It is especially important that teenagers take special care. Acne scarring can be prevented.
Cleansing is needed to remove dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells.
Cleansing should not remove too much of the natural lubrication of the skin.
The best cleansers are natural and gentle. Harsh products will only take the good oils and nutrients away from the skin.
Cleansing lotions can be used on a daily basis, while heavier cleansers such as clay or oat based cleansers can be used occasionally for deeper cleansing.
Feeding the skin
Vitamins and minerals are needed to maintain and regenerate. This can be done topically and taken in via your diet. Some good supplements to start off with could include Omega oils, Vitamin A and collagen. The fresh natural ingredients that we use in our natural homemade recipes are perfect for feeding your skin.
Toning is needed to hydrate the skin. This is especially necessary when trying to maintain elasticity during aging. Our recipes contain astringents to close the pores and prevent moisture loss.
Some believe that you need to cleanse, tone and then nourish, but we tone last to close the pores after nourishment.
Skincare Recipes for Different Skin Types and Issues