January 15 2022 – C. Shanice
As we start the new year, I want to go back to the basics. Meaning, I want to start with the most basic—and important—foundation for all my “10” babes. Today, we’re talking skin types! The health of your skin will literally depend on your understanding of what products work well with your skin type. So, let’s begin!
What are Skin Types?
Skin type is a classification that describes a person’s genetic skin attributes, meaning it’s determined by genetics and ethnicity, but your skin type can change over time. There are 4 major skin types: Normal, Dry, Oily, and Combination. In some cases Sensitive skin can also be considered a skin type. In most cases sensitive skin is a condition that can be the result of the wrong products being used or damage to the skin barrier from medication or the environment. All skin types need cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and protection.
How can I tell what my skin type is?
Great question! The first step to determining your skin type is by checking out your T-Zone: forehead, nose, and chin. Here’s what you can look for:
Normal: feels balanced as far as oil and hydration. Pores appear small and there are little to no blemishes. Normal skin feels soft and smooth with good elasticity.
Dry: produces minimal oil and moisture. Pores are fine and skin may look very dull, flaky and blotchy. Dry skin feels rough, thin, and tight. Wrinkles may be more visible on dry skin, too.
Oily: oil production is moderate to high. Pores are pretty large because of the excessive production of oil. Skin looks shiny with more blemishes. Oily skin is more acne-prone because follicles tend to be blocked from a build up of sebum and bacteria. Skin will feel thick and firm. NOTE: *Oily skin tends to age slower because the oils act as protection! ;-)
Combination: Like oily skin, oil production is moderate to high. Pores are larger in the T-zone area and tends to feel dryer on the cheeks and sides of the face. There can be a buildup of dead skin and oil around the nose and even dry patches outside of the T-zone accompanied with some blemishes. (I’m personally a combination skin type!)
Sensitive/Sensitized skin: This skin type is generally the result of a damaged skin barrier from over exfoliation, medication, or using the wrong products which caused more damage than good (yikes). Sensitized skin will be more sensitive to the touch and will have more redness especially around the cheek area. Skin is thinner and more prone to irritation.
Okay, so what products work for my skin type?
Alright, let’s get into it “10”s! Here are some products you can think about adding to your routine:
Normal skin is all about maintenance since the skin is already at optimal performance. I would recommend the BioElements Flash Foam Cleanser. This gentle cleanser contains pumpkin, papaya, and pineapple extracts to gently exfoliate any flakes (which makes the skin look dull) and leave the skin smooth, soft, and refreshed. You want to just maintain the healthy skin barrier that already exists.
For oily skin types, try the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser. Since oily skin is an imbalance in oil production, this product is good because it’s gentle and the ingredients work to balance the skin. The aloe and botanical extracts will leave the skin feeling soft.
Dry skin types would do well with the BioElements Moisture Positive Cleanser. This cleanser is made to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated. It’s made with Chinese Herbs and essential oils which work to repair that imbalance. The Reilo & Seed Morning Dew is an ultra lightweight serum that provides hydration and antioxidants for beautiful supple skin. Dry skin is lacking moisture so you want to use products that will keep your skin hydrated and locked in with moisture (we love good hydrated skin!).
If you have Combination skin, a gentle cleanser would be great for you. Combination skin can be tricky because you may be dealing with two or more different skin types on different areas of the face. So not fun. But, the BioElements Flash Foam Cleanser would help to balance and sooth the skin. The BioElements Urban Undo Cleanser is also another option. This “deep-purge” cleanser works to repair damage (excess oil, dehydration, sensitization) caused by urban dust (or, to simplify, air pollution matter).
Sensitive/Sensitized skin needs work on repairing the skin barrier. To do that, we gotta use products that will help to repair the damage. Our BioElements Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil is a great addition to your routine if you have sensitive skin. This product’s unique blend of plant and olive oils aims to repair your weakened skin barrier, reduce inflammation and fight free-radicals. BioElements Reset Soothing Mist Toner is great for sensitive skin, too. This product is amazing because it hydrates the skin and the aloe vera and chamomile duo also has a soothing effect for any redness you may have.
Let’s start 2022 year with a BANG! Our skin deserves all the love and attention and knowing the right products to use for your skin type is an amazing form of TLC. And this year, TLC is definitely a priority 💜.