We have a bad habit of looking at the things we don’t like about ourselves and automatically assuming those things are bad. This bad habit is easily observed in skincare. If you are not convinced, just do an internet search on skin types. You will see all sorts of articles implying that certain skin types are bad.
The idea of not believing everything you read definitely applies here. Your skin is the skin that nature gave you. Unless you are suffering from a skin condition, like psoriasis for example, your skin type is neither good nor bad. It just is. When you fight against it to try to overcome what you perceive as negative, you only make things worse. It is far better to work with your skin type in ways that allow you to use it to your advantage.
The Four Different Skin Types
Dermatology recognizes four basic skin types. These are as follows:
- Normal – This skin type is observed in well-balanced skin with good moisture content and even tone
- Dry – Dry skin produces less sebum than normal, leading to irritation and flaking
- Oily – Oily skin is the opposite of dry skin. It is the result of excess sebum production
- Combination – Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others.
Understanding your skin type is important to the extent that it tells you what kinds of skincare products to use in order to maintain healthy looking skin. Note that everything starts with cleansing.
Dirt and Debris Are the Enemy
Regardless of your skin type, the enemies your skin faces every day are the same enemies everyone else’s skin faces. Those enemies are dirt, debris, weather, and environmental influences. Combating these enemies always starts with daily cleansing.
Poethique, a Massachusetts company that specializes in natural skincare products, recommends a deep-cleansing milk as the starting point for a daily skincare regimen. A plant-based facial cleanser cleans deeply to remove dirt and debris and clear out pores. Only when the skin is completely clean will any of the other skincare products a person uses work to their fullest potential.
In Addition to Cleansing
A natural facial cleanser like Poethique’s deep-cleansing milk is just the starting point. Skin of all types also needs to be exfoliated and moisturized. The amount of exfoliation depends on the condition of your skin under normal circumstances. A person with oily skin is likely to need more frequent exfoliation.
One thing to avoid is aggressive scrubbing. This method of exfoliation only irritates the skin and causes inflammation. That inflammation can then lead to pimples and other blemishes.
In terms of moisturizing, it is best to use a natural moisturizer that puts a protective layer down. That protective layer traps moisture underneath to keep the skin hydrated.
It should be obvious that people with dry skin need more moisturizing than those with oily skin. Still, there is no need to be excessive. It is possible to use too much moisturizer to the extent that it actually harms dry skin. So always use moisturizers according to their instructions.
A good facial recovery oil works well for people with combination skin. It balances out the dry and oily surfaces and helps to create a more even tone. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of trying to dry out your oily patches of skin. It is better to balance the skin than make it uniformly dry.
Remember that nature gave you your skin. So don’t fight it. Work with whatever nature gave you by using natural skincare products designed for that purpose.