When it comes to skincare things aren’t one-size-fits-all. In fact, what works for one person may not work for you at all. So not only am I going to be sharing recipes, but I also want to share a little bit of science so you can understand the logic behind why I’m recommending what I am.
By understanding what it is that’s going into your skincare products, and subsequently your skin, you can really customize everything to create a skincare line that is totally, perfectly you!
Last week I discussed blemished skin, and today we’ll go over two opposites: oily or dry skin, with the subsequent combination.
Customizing for Oily Skin
Skin becomes oily when there is an overproduction of sebum, a mixture of waxes and fats created in your glands (sounds lovely, eh?). While this oil is necessary for proper function and protection of skin, an overabundance can leave skin looking and feeling greasy.
To read more on oily skin, check out the previous section on blemishes.
Here are some recommended oils for catering to oily skin:
Fresh herbs for oily skin: Calendula, sage, yarrow
Customizing For Dry Skin
Dry skin seems like an easy enough thing to diagnose, right? There are noticable and physical characteristics when our skin becomes too dry. It’s raw, itchy, red, and can peel or flake off.
But what is it really, and how do you customize your skincare routine to counteract this lack of moisture?
Without getting too involved in the intricacies that make up our skin cells, I can say that dry skin occurs not when there isn’t enough water coming to your skin, but when your cells lack the structural capacity to retain that water.
To cater to dry skin, we’ll focus on: avoiding drying ingredients, like alcohol, utilizing a cleanser that has water binding agents (like glycerin soap), using a good moisturizer to lock in moisture so that it doesn’t escape cells.
A few tips for dealing with skin that is damaged or broken:
- Exfoliate gently to remove surface dead cells
- Avoid hot or cold treatments (no steam or hot packs)
- Wash with tepid water
- Use cleaning, toning, and moisturizing products that are free of alcohol or other drying agents
- Avoid fragrance, antioxidants, preservatives, stabilizers, coloring. (It can be hard to find these on the shelves but hey, you’re in the right place!)
- And remember that if your skin is dry or sensitive due to allergies, try making your products using only one oil or herb at a time so you can pinpoint the triggers
Essential Oils to use
Naturally you want your skin to be firm, elastic and healthy. When it’s dry it can look lifeless with dull tone, lack elasticity, appear flaky, or be overly sensitive to food and elements. Here are some recommended oils to help hydrate and restore skin:
Fresh herbs for dry skin: Borage, marshmallow roots, parsley, sorrel, violet.
Fresh herbs for healing sensitive skin: Comfrey root and leaves, fennel.
Customizing for Combination skin
We classify skin as “combination” when it, um, has a combination of ailments. Most of the time this means that some parts of your face are dry while other parts are oily. (The T-zone is usually the oily part, consisting of your forehead and nose).
To customize for this what we’re looking for are oils that will help to restore the natural balance of skin. You may also want to check out the sections for both oily and dry skin to get an idea of what’s going on under the surface.