Skin Types - Best Natural Skin Care for Each

Skin Types - Best Natural Skin Care for Each

Skin types - each and every one of one of us has a different type of skin that changes depending on the season, our age, our diet and our lifestyle and environment.

Each skin type needs to be treated according to its type. One cream does not suit all.

The best natural skin care remedies for every skin type

Skin types Yvette van SchieI've collected the best natural skin care remedies for each skin type. Natural skin care that gives amazing results is the new word in luxury today and it all can be done at home. DIY homemade natural skin care for your skin, whatever skin type you have.

For decades, we thought that the only way we could improve our skins was by applying toxic chemical substances to it. And although many skincare companies still produce chemical-based skincare - although it is leaving us with a heresy of polluted oceans and toxic humans (a question which has arisen, is, could our skin care be one of the reasons for the rise of breast cancer in our women). Some sunscreens even contain carcinogenic substances which are triggered by heat! 

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For a long time, it was an accepted fact that because water could not enter the skin, that whatever we applied to the skin could not be absorbed into the bloodstream either. So if a chemical could improve the appearance of our skin, then it was a good idea to use it as it did not affect us internally (ignore the fact that the skin is the body's largest organ!).

But we know differently now. Mature women are using bio-identical hormone creams that they apply to their skin which absorb nicely thank you very much!

Highly active ingredients which give amazing results without comprising our long-term skin and body health, or having any repercussions on our planet and animal life is what most thinking women are yearning for today.

But the problem is - when you hit the shelves in the shops, there are so many products out there all touting that they are the best, promising amazing results, but not actually delivering any. The reason for this is, one cream does not fit all skin types.

So how do we know which product to choose? And why should we use more than just one cream and one cleanser - and why cleanse? Why not use soap?

Skin natural remediesBelow I hope I have simplified the shopping process.

Firstly, avoid buying something because a celebrity made it or endorsed it - usually, products from these celebrities are all manufactured in one factory and branded by a branding company.

Packaging is not everything - some of the best skincare products have atrocious packaging!

So how do you know what ingredients to choose for your skin?

Something I learnt when I worked in product development is that more does not mean better. By this I mean - when looking at the back of a bottle at the contents - look at the quality of the ingredients more so than the quantity of ingredients. 5 of the correct ingredients are more likely to improve your skin than 20 of the incorrect ingredients. If there are too many ingredients, you could find that there is more of a possibility that you could react badly to a product.

Also, choose ingredients aimed at your skin type.

Oily skin

Oily skin is actually not as common as we think it is. So many girls self-diagnose their skins as oily when all they actually have is a shiny t zone. This shiny t zone is the sign of a healthy skin as oil on the skin is important to keep the skin youthful.

Oily skin typesA true oily skin normally has a coarse thick uneven texture, it sometimes suffers from breakouts, but if well maintained, it just looks very shiny. But an oily skin can also be red and irritated from the stripping cleansers or soaps used on it.

If you have smooth even-toned skin and it keeps getting oily - this usually means you have stripped the skin or all of its moisture - so it then feels the need to pump out oil to protect the skin's surface called the acid mantle.

This is a common problem with young women who decide that their skins are oily and over cleanse the skin with the incorrect skin care products causing major oil flow issues.

Once the skin is treated as it should be - usually as a normal or combination skin type - meaning you have oil in the t zone, your skin will not be so oily and will stop becoming congested with white heads and pimples.

Acne skin

Acne skin typesOne, two or three pimples - in actual fact, five pimples does NOT mean you have acne.

Acne skin
is inflamed with deep-seated congestion, pimples all over the face - usually more in one area than another.

Depending on where most of the pimples are located on your face, can help you understand what you should be doing internally to improve your skin as different problem areas on the face mean that you have different issues internally which need to be addressed to clear your skin.


Acne and oily skins both need to be treated topically in a similar manner. They need to be cleansed thoroughly but not with an aggressive cleanser, as striping the skin will open it up to infection and breakouts.

 Cleanser for Acne skin birch extract lavender oil aloe veraThe cleanser needs to contain products such as:

Birch extract for its astringent purifying and detoxifying ability. Being antibacterial, it will assist with breakouts and acne.

Lavender oil for its soothing and antibacterial properties

Aloe vera for its soothing and hydrating ability whilst also being antibacterial

Skin types cleansers
An oily or acne cleanser does not need to be foaming, it can be a light cream cleanser - this is a better choice for skin's which have been badly stripped by the overuse of aggressive cleansers.

Avoid cleansers with tea tree oil in them as they can be too intense and can be too irritating. Dabbing a drop of Tea tree oil using a cotton tip on a pimple especially when it has exploded will control bacteria and help heal, but using it on the non-infected skin will just cause it to redden.

Another product to avoid in cleansers is Glycolic Acid - although natural, using this twice daily will also over exfoliate and strip the skin.

Something most oily and problem skinned girls do not do is moisturise. Oil-free moisturisers are needed even for the oiliest of skins, because by adding hydration to the skin, the skin will stop producing oil, plus when it is hydrated, it's acid mantle (the skin's ozone layer) will stay intact, protecting the skin from inflammation and infection.

Moisturisers should contain ingredients such as:

Oily skin mosturisersAloe Vera - because it is hydrating and antibacterial as well as soothing.
Green Tea extract - because it contains a high level of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids and vitamins. It is wound healing and reduces inflammation
Jojoba oil - It's composition is very close to human sebum making it highly skin compatible. When applied to the skin it stops the skin from over-producing sebum, therefore, stopping the formation of acne
Lavender oil for its antibacterial and soothing ingredients.
Vitamin B5 is a strong anti-inflammatory and it is known to metabolise oil and fatty acids meaning less oil equals less acne.

Exfoliate skinExfoliate your skin twice weekly to remove the build-up of dead skin cells - over using a facial scrub or peel will overstimulate the skin, and cause it to become dry, red, flaky and inflamed. If using a scrub, use one made up of perfectly rounded bamboo grains, as almond, apricot or walnut scrubs are too irritating because the grains are not spherical which will cause damage to the skin. Look also for ingredients such as white willow bark, lactic, salicylic or glycolic acids - as these exfoliate the skin without rubbing or scrubbing.

Skin masking
Masking
- in the summer months when the skin becomes very oily, using a gentle deep cleansing mask is a definite must. Using natural clay masks is the most effective way to treat the skin. Clay has the ability to repair damaged tissues and at the same time eliminate accumulated toxins from the skin and body. Green clay is the most drawing and anti-bacterial - so perfect for oily and acne prone skins. If the skin is red and inflamed - pink is a better substitute as it is very soft and can be used on fragile skin.

 

Normal skin

Normal skin type
You are blessed - normal skin will have a small amount of oil - usually seen in the t zone, and sometimes a little dryness on the cheeks - but usually, if you treat it correctly, you will have beautiful skin all of the time!

 

Combination skin

Combination skinIs most probably the most common skin type. Oily in the centre, dryer on the sides. I find most girls with combination skins end up with dehydrated skin as they strip the oil from the t zone and do not moisturise the skin well enough on the sides.

The trick with this skin type is to treat it as a dehydrated skin, not treat the oil, and not treat the dry as separate areas - just keep the moisture levels up to the skin, and it will not congest and will always look radiant.

Normal and combination skins need to be treated in a similar way - the skin needs to be kept well hydrated so it looks luminous. Both skin types can still break out if over nourished, and also become coarse, flaky and thickened if stripped.

Cleansing these skins means changing cleansers seasonally. Use a moisturising cleanser in winter and a foaming one in summer - this is a great rule even for oily skins.

Cleansers should contain products such as:

almond camellia chamomileSweet almond oil because it softens and moisturises the skin. It is also high in vitamin E so it protects and nourishes and calms.

Camellia oil because it softens nourishes and soothes scars. It is rich in Oleic acid and vitamins A, B, and D as well as vitamin E and EFAs Omegas 3 6 and 9.

German Chamomile improves skin's tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation and encourages wound healing.

Lactic acid is derived from milk. It hydrates, exfoliates and soothes inflamed skin whilst gently yet effectively exfoliating the skin.

skin masks clayUse a facial exfoliate twice weekly to remove the build-up of dead skin cells - over using one will cause irritation and cause the skin to become irritated - use one made up of perfectly rounded bamboo grains -as almond or apricot or walnut scrubs are too irritating as the grains are not spherical which will damage the skin.

Again - clay masks are brilliant for balancing out oil flow and improving hydration - pink clay is disinfecting as well as healing and hydrating. White clay is also fantastic for drawing out oils from the skin.

Something which has become a bit of a fad is super greens detox masks. The ones that I have seen which are natural are really great for normal, dehydrated and combination skins as they treat all of the symptoms.

Hydrating the skin is very important for normal and combination skins. Finding a moisturiser which not only increases moisture but also balances the oil flow is important. Moisturisers do need to contain a certain amount of oil to help balance the oily t zone and keep the cheeks from drying out.

moisturisers rosehip kakadu plum aloe vera shea butterRosehip Oil is rich in fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9) and regenerates skin cells and repairs damaged tissues. It is high in natural Vitamin A and contains antioxidants (beta-carotene and lycopene), which help protect and repair skin from premature ageing. It is one of the richest plant sources of natural Vitamin C.

Kakadu Plum is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant promotes blood circulation, maintains blood vessel tone and encourages healthy skin renewal by travelling down to the lower cells of the skin's surface, It is also anti-inflammatory and antifungal ability.

Aloe vera for its soothing and hydrating ability whilst also being antibacterial as well as increasing circulation and being anti-inflammatory.

Hyaluronic acid - has a water binding capacity which hydrates the skin and prevents water loss. It promotes collagen growth and promotes blood circulation. It is known to restore dry red and flaky skin.

Shea butter - is an effective skin moisturiser whilst also making the skin more flexible and elastic. It is known to heal burns, scars, dermatitis and other skin conditions due to its high concentration of Vitamin E.

 

Dry skin

Dry skinDry skin means that your skin does NOT contain oil or moisture. It is often flaky in winter and is very fine to the touch. This skin type means you can apply as much moisturiser as you like in winter - but the skin will still often feel very tight and often look somewhat dull and lined.

This skin needs a mixture of oil and moisture applied to it daily. When you are young a dry skin means you have a beautiful soft smooth face. But the downside is that you will age faster and earlier than your oily skinned counterpart if you do not keep the moisture up to your skin.

Cleansing Dry Skin

Many dry skin younger women just cleanse with soap as they do not have any skin issues - but this soap usage will come and bite you by the time you are 30 something.

If the product foams - it is going to strip your skin - all moisturising cleansers suitable for a dry skin either need to be rinsed off or wiped off with a face washer.

Make sure you use a dry skin moisturising cleanser containing ingredients such as;

cleansing dry skinSweet almond oil because it softens and moisturises the skin. It is also high in vitamin E so it protects and nourishes and calms.

Camellia oil because it softens nourishes and soothes scars. It is rich in Oleic acid and vitamins A, B, and D as well as vitamin E and EFAs Omegas 3 6 and 9.

German Chamomile improves skin's tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation and encourages wound healing.

Lactic acid is derived from milk. It hydrates, exfoliates and soothes inflamed skin whilst gently yet effectively exfoliating the skin.

Shea butter - is an effective skin moisturiser whilst also making the skin more flexible and elastic.

Hyaluronic acid - has a water binding capacity which hydrates the skin and prevents water loss. It promotes collagen growth and promotes blood circulation. It is known to restore dry red and flaky skin.

Like all other skins - the dry skinned girl needs to exfoliate twice weekly. Ideally using a lactic-acid-based AHA peel as it not only exfoliates but also increased the skin's hydration levels. If you cannot find something like this then just use a gentle scrub containing bamboo pearls.

Keeping the skin hydrated and lubricated with oil is really important - as dry skin can look lined quite early mainly due to dehydration - once you start using an oil and a creamy moisturiser the skin will glow instead of looking flat.

When choosing an oil ideally choose nourishing oils such as:

skin oils avocado rosehip jojoba cucumberAvocado oil (as it is not only moisturising, it is soothing and healing. It is high in Fatty Acids so helps strengthen skin and supports connective tissues.

Rosehip Oil is rich in fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9) and regenerates skin cells and repairs damaged tissues. It is high in natural Vitamin A and contains antioxidants (beta-carotene and lycopene), which help protect and repair skin from premature ageing. It is one of the richest plant sources of natural Vitamin C.

Jojoba oil is similar to the skin's natural sebum so it is easily absorbed by the skin.

Cucumber oil as it is a great remedy for dehydrated and dull skin. It contains vitamins B1, C and enzymes which promote healing and reducing inflammation slowing down ageing.

Moisturising Dry Skin

Besides applying oil to the skin, you still need to apply a moisturiser to keep the moisture level up. Ingredients you need to look for are:

Skin moisturising Shea butter sea buckthorn kakadu plum aloe veraShea butter - is an effective skin moisturiser whilst also making the skin more flexible and elastic. It is known to heal burns, scars, dermatitis and other skin conditions due to its high concentration of Vitamin E.
Hyaluronic acid - has a water binding capacity which hydrates the skin and prevents water loss. It promotes collagen growth and promotes blood circulation. It is known to restore dry red and flaky skin.
Sea buckthorn oil - which has high concentrations of vitamins A, C and E. Also contains essential fatty acids making it a potent antioxidant mix to treat dry dehydrated skin.

Aloe vera for its soothing and hydrating ability whilst also being antibacterial as well as increasing circulation and being anti-inflammatory.
Kakadu Plum is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant promotes blood circulation, maintains blood vessel tone and encourages healthy skin renewal by travelling down to the lower cells of the skin's surface, It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ability.

 

Exfoliating Dry Skin

Exfoliating dry skinSo many people think that because their skin is dry, that they need not exfoliate. Dry skin also needs to be stimulated to renew - if it is mature - even more so! Younger dry skins only exfoliate 2 x weekly. All skins over 40 need to be exfoliated 3 x weekly.

Again, not more than that as you will over stimulate the skin and cause it to become very dry. Bamboo balls or mother of pearl balls are ideal. Or look for a peel which includes lactic acid for deeper exfoliation and an added hydration boost!

Dry skin masks should contain ingredients such as:

sea kelpCocoa butter - assists in retaining moisture in the skin by applying a barrier between the skin and the environment.

Sea kelp extract - nourishes dry skin types and has anti-ageing benefits to help reduce lines whilst mineralising the skin.

Shea butter - is an effective skin moisturiser whilst also making the skin more flexible and elastic. It is known to heal burns, scars, dermatitis and other skin conditions due to its high concentration of Vitamin E.

 

Ageing skin

Ageing skinAged skin is not only for the older woman - some girls are prematurely aged by the age of 40 thanks to smoking, too much sun, alcohol and or drug abuse. A girl's skin can also prematurely age thanks to a bad diet.

The aged skin should follow all of the steps recommended for dry skin. I often get told by girls over 40 years old that they have oily skin - if your skin still gets congested and breaks out, it means, like the normal and combination skins, you are actually stripping and dehydrating your skin causing it to behave this way.

In this case - follow the instructions for the normal and combination skin type until your skin has settled and then follow the dry skin protocol as well as looking for the following ingredients in your moisturiser:

Pomegranate extract
Vitamin A Palmitate
- penetrates the skin easily and starts a chain of reactions in the skin decreasing lines and wrinkles. It protects the skin from the sun and reduces photo damage.
Pomegranate extract - assists wound healing and anti-ageing. It inhibits the effect of collagen depleting enzymes.
Collagen Marine Peptides - these peptides stimulate collagen production.

 

Mature post-menopausal skin

Mature post-menopausal skinOnce a woman goes through menopause, the lack of hormones causes the skin to age dramatically. There is a loss of moisture as well as collagen and elastin.

Each and every step of your skincare routine needs to involve improving the hydration of the skin, stimulating the circulation and increasing the collagen content.

Unfortunately once post-menopausal, creams alone will not keep your face lifted and toned - but by massaging your face daily in upwards - quite vigorously will help stimulate the blood flow - forget tapping your face with creams - get in there and massage it.

 

Cleansing mature skin

Cleansing mature skinThe cleanser needs to contain ingredients to increase hydration and to protect the surface layer of the skin.
Look out for ingredients such as:

Shea butter - yes, even in the cleanser!
Aloe vera for its soothing and hydrating ability as well as increasing circulation and being anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin C such as Kakadu Plum,
Camelia oil as it is an almost identical match for the skin allowing the skin to absorb it easily.
Almond oil for its nourishing ability.

Moisturising mature skin

Moisturising mature skinLook for the same ingredients as dry skin and ageing skin but add:
Soya Proteins and Rice Bran Peptides as they improve microcirculation and strengthen collagen integrity, as well as minimising inflammation and when used in eye creams puffiness.
Masking mature skin
Follow the same ingredients as dry skin, but also look out for Argiletz clay pink clay mask for its ability to firm, or red clay mask as it is great at treating couperose, puffy eyes and tones muscle mass. If your skin is very sun-damaged yellow clay mask would be more suitable.

 

Sensitive skin

I am often told by girls that they have sensitive skin. Most sensitive skins are caused by the use of aggressive skincare products, incorrect self-diagnosis of skincare products, and the overuse of chemicals on the skin.

Sensitive skinThe classic sensitive skin will react quite noticeably to any product applied to it within a very short period of time. These skins often suffer from eczema, psoriasis and rosacea and believe it or not acne.

Some skins show no signs of being sensitive till they have an irritant product applied such as a chemical sunscreen or a certain chemical which they are sensitive to. Often with the correct internal diet, these issues can be cured.

Meanwhile treating sensitive skins means that you firstly need to decide if the skin is oily, dry, or normal under the flare up. Once you decide what skin type you are - use a cleanser to suit the skin - if in doubt - use a more hydrating cleanser first, as more often than not, this will sooth the skin into happiness.

Moisturising sensitive skin

Moisturising the skin is all about calming it down.

Ingredients such as:

Moisturising sensitive skinShea butter - is an effective skin moisturiser whilst also making the skin more flexible and elastic. It is known to heal burns, scars, dermatitis and other skin conditions due to its high concentration of Vitamin E.
Hyaluronic acid - has a water binding capacity which hydrates the skin and prevents water loss. It promotes collagen growth and promotes blood circulation. It is known to restore dry red and flaky skin.
Sea buckthorn oil - which has high concentrations of vitamins A,C and E. Also contains essential fatty acids making it a potent antioxidant mix to treat dry dehydrated skin.
Aloe vera for its soothing and hydrating ability whilst also being antibacterial as well as increasing circulation and being anti-inflammatory.
Kakadu Plum is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant promotes blood circulation, maintains blood vessel tone and encourages healthy skin renewal by travelling down to the lower cells of the skin's surface, It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ability.
Colloidal oatmeal - is soothing and calming as well as hydrating and cleansing.
Cocoa butter - assists in retaining moisture in the skin by applying a barrier between the skin and the environment.

Avoid exfoliating sensitive skin as it will only flare up more, but you can use an Argiletz clay mask a few times weekly.

Colloidal oatmeal, is a refined activated oatmeal - but nothing is stopping you from putting raw oats in a blender, breaking it down and popping it with just enough water to make it into a paste in a saucepan and slightly warming it up and applying it as a mask. Leave it on for 20 minutes or more.

I wish you much luck in finding your perfect skin solution!

Written by Yvette van Schie

Skin Types by Yvette van SchieHi, my name is Yvette van Schie and I am a qualified holistic beauty therapist and freelance makeup artist. As a beauty blogger, I share with you 32 years of industry experience on healthy, natural, ethical ways to look beautiful and feel healthy. Beauty comes from within, it is all about glowing skin through amazing health with the help of high quality, ethical natural skin care. I believe that natural products are the ultimate luxury, I do not use products that compromise your health because that is not a beautiful thing. I enjoy sharing top beauty therapists, personal trainers, health gurus and natural practitioner's wellness and beauty secrets. I reveal information which you should, but do not know about, breaking the barriers between those who know and everyone else. I unveil the lies that the beauty and health industry tell us to keep us spending money on foods and skincare which in actual fact are shortening your life, whilst you think you are living well. I am passionately anti cruelty, and do not believe that anything or anyone should suffer for anyone's beauty or health.

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