Have you wanted to try our custom skin care products but didn't know how to start? Remember, creating a skin care routine shouldn’t be complicated. Now that you’re familiar with the first step, getting to know your skin type, you’re ready for the next step in the process; knowing your skin care concerns.
Know Your Skin Concerns
Skin that is acneic or blemish prone is one of the most common skin care concerns. Acne happens when a pore in your skin become clogged with too much sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria and then becomes inflamed. While it may have been more common in your teen years due to increased hormones, acne can happen at any age.
Recommendations: Fight acne by keeping your face clean with bacteria fighting ingredients (tea tree oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, willow bark) and soothed (shea butter, oatmeal, chamomile) and exfoliating regularly.
Dark Spots/Acne Scars
These conditions are both forms of hyperpigmentation the result of an overproduction of melanin in certain areas of your skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin it’s beautiful color but when your skin produces too much in patches, it can make your skin look uneven. Common causes are too much sun exposure or post-inflammatory scaring from acne or other skin injuries.
Recommendations: Look for ingredients with natural lightening agents (mulberry, licorice, niacinamide) that can help but prevention is the best offense; always use UV protection.
Dull skin may be dry and dehydrated. It may also be patchy and rough.
Recommendations: Look for natural alpha hydroxy acids (apple, papaya) and brightening antioxidants (vitamin A and C) and extracts (calendula) to give your skin a natural healthy glow.
I have mixed feeling listing this as a concern because really, getting older is a blessing! However, I am solidly representing the 30's crowd, so I'll acknowledge that fine lines, wrinkles and the like are legitimate concerns.
Recommendations: Now with that PSA out the way... there are a number of great natural ingredients to look for in anti-aging products (carrot seed, geranium, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil) that can help make you look like you should be carded.
There you have it, a good list of skin types and concerns to guide you in developing your custom natural skin care routine. Join me tomorrow for a post on how to bring it all together with the right product mix.