HEY GXLD BABES,
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday and ready to start this week out positive. Last week we went over basic skincare 101, for most of us a lot of those tips we already knew. This week I am going to dig deeper in your skin identification, better known as your skin type. Your skin type is based on the amount of moisture your skin holds. To break it down in simple terms there are 2 basic skin types: oily, dry, or normal/combination. This week we are going to break down each skin type definition and proper skincare for each skin type.
Why is Knowing Your Skin ID so Important?
Through our research with skincare the main thing we realized is each specific skin types requires its own specific regimen and come comes with their own specific issues. The product ingredients you may use to calm one skin type can easily causes flares of acne for another. Our hypothesis is the start of creating your own skincare regimen is learning your the do~s and don`ts of your own skin.
Due to it being winter for a lot of us, I wanted to start of went something we may all be facing; Dry Skin. Dry skin is means that your skin has lack of moisture or hydration. There is no underlying disease for dry skin only genetics, environment or exposure to drying ingredients in products. Dry skin often is flaky, scaly or even may have skin discoloration. Another example of dry skin would be eczema.
How to treat and care for Dry Skin?
The basics of caring for Dry Skin is making sure you are keeping your skin hydrated with moisturizing ingredients especially after exposure to elements that can potentially dry your skin. These elements could be cold weather, very hot showers, washing your hands, chlorine from pools, etc. First thing with moisturizing is making sure your skin is clean, moisturizing dirty skin is 1 NAAAASTTTYYY!, and 2. It could potentially clog pores with dirt, oils, and sweat that may causes breakouts, acne, or even worse BOILS! ALSO, make sure you are exfoliating. Sometimes if we skip over moisturizing or if we are not moisturizing enough dry skin can become flakey skin. These skin flakes are dead skin cells that are struggling to completely fall off if your skin. To help these dead skin cells be organically removed from your skin is exfoliation. For dry skin the best exfoliation is a mechanical exfoliation like a face or body scrub. These scrubs can be made of sugar, salt, coffee any natural grains that will help gently remove dead skin. These scrubs also help add moisture back into your skin after as well. .
Gxld Natural Product Recommendation: Our Cocoa Mint Raw Brown Sugar Body Scrub, Vanilla Cookies Raw Sugar Body Scrub, Whipped Cocoa Mint Body Butter, & our Whipped Vanilla Cookies Body Butter.
Oily Skin is obviously the exact opposite of dry skin. People who have oily skin generally has open pores and normally a shiny complexion. Oily skin can also be acne-prone skin due to the production of oils that will potentially clog pores.
How to Treat and Care for Oily Skin
The main cause of oily skin is oil production. Hormones can affect oil production of skin (i.e menstrual acne, stress acne, etc), with that being said avoid any HARSH hormonal changes. Also, it is beneficial to make sure your skin is clean. Washing your face morning, night, and in between the day IF NEEDED! Keeping your skin clean will keep your pores clean, reducing the production of acne. Lastly, DO NOT SKIP MOISTURIZING! I REPEAT DO NOT SKIP MOISTURIZING! Gxld Babes if you have been rocking with us for a while you know we always talk about this very important rule. Another thing to know about oil production is that your skin only produces as much oil as it needs. Skipping moisturizing after washing will cause your skin to produce more oil. The best moisturizer to use is a water based moisturizer! The water based will allow for your skin to stay moisturized without putting more oil on it!
Gxld Natural Recommended Products: Oil Free Tea Tree Lavender Bundle; Coffee + Sugar Face Scrub and Aloe Vera Face Butter
Combination Skin/Normal Skin
Now what if you are reading this and you are saying okay great, my skin is both or more skin is neither. Well your skin falls under either Combination or Normal Skin. The reason I am combining these two is because their regimens are very similar if not the same. Combination skin means that you have dry areas and oily areas. Common areas to pay attention to will be your cheeks, or your T-zone (eyebrows and nose). Usually one of these areas either more dry or oily then the rest of your face. Normal skin means that your skin is regularly neither oily or dry, but may occasionally become oily or dry. These occasions could be due to environment, products, hormones, etc.
How to care for Combination/Normal Skin
Both skin types requires a specific skin care routine. Making sure you are washing your face morning and night, exfoliating once or twice a week, and ALWAYS moisturize you will find caring for combination and normal skin is fairly simple. This regimen will ensure your skin stays clean, moisturize and ensures the removal of any dry patches through exfoliation.
Gxld Natural Recommended Products: Charcoal Aloe Vera Bar Soap. Tea Tree Lavender Coffee + Sugar Face Scrub, Aloe Vera Face Butter
The Get Down
Each skin type requires are specific regiment. When we purchase skincare products and they are not working for you face it sometimes may not be the product. It can also be that the ingredients in the product are not working for a specific skin needs. Knowing your skin needs for your specific type is one of the first steps to your overall skin health.
Next Week is time for fun! We will be showcasing 5 DIY face mask for acne, moisture and detox!
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK GXLD BABES!