Why You Shouldn’t Lock into a Skin Type.
Ok spoiler alert, skin types are not real! Ok, they sort of real but only according to the skincare industry, not Dermatologists. Terms such as oily, dry, combination, or sensitive are useful troubleshooting clues and can be used to get a better idea of how your skin reacts to different things. Our skin is unpredictable to a certain degree. Why? Because your skin is directly and indirectly affected by climate, hormones, medication (herbal & Rx), diet and it can change over time. Also, genetics and ethnic background can influence your skin greatly.
Symptoms of health problems can show up in your skin & nails and dermatologists read your skin for signs of larger health problems instead of classifying it into a skin type. Using relatable skin type terms allows Farmhouse to give you an easily assessable way to be attentive to your skin’s general tendencies. When your skin changes, don’t be afraid to switch through our various products.
Living in Atlanta, there are only two real seasons; Summer and Winter. Just kidding but it’s nothing close to the four seasons I’m used to while growing up in Maryland. My typical routine contains four products; Advanced Clearing Wash, White Willow & Tea Tree Toner, Oil Free & Clear Skin & Eye Cream & Advanced Clearing Acne Cream. However, I use all of the products in the Farmhouse lineup. Some days, I wake up flaky around my nostrils and chin so I trade the soap for Face Scrub and apply a drop or two of the Rosehip Restore Serum in those areas. On other days when my hormones are changing, pores are clogged & I just look oily…I perform facial steam with extractions and add the French French Clay & Turmeric Mask to absorb excess oil, to my nightly routine. My Summer months include a lot of body scrubbing; more of my skin is showing and I just love the healthy glow that comes with a good exfoliation session! During the Winter months, eczema will try to creep up on me but I keep it away by applying the Hair & Body Oil or Total Moisture Lotion during the day then layering a generous amount of the Whipped Shea Body Butter on at night. Since this time of the year can be extremely drying, I use it as an excuse to take steam showers! Likewise, I have a mean case of eczema on my lips (yes, its a real thing) so at night I like to layer on the Orange Jojoba Lip Balm and Skin & Eye Cream directly after hopping out of the shower.
But, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t feed the skin type beast and give you the general tendencies of each classification:
Dry skin occurs when the skin’s sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil to properly hydrate and protect the epidermis. It can feel tight throughout the day and may experience noticeable flaking. Dehydration is also a leading cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water and avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can make a significant difference in how your skin feels and looks. Exfoliation with a fruit enzyme can help promote skin cell turnover without removing the skin’s natural oils. Without an additional layer of dead skin, serums and treatments will be absorbed more easily. Combination skin often experiences different symptoms in a different area of their face. In some cases, the skin is either stripped or dehydrated making it important to find a moisturizer that is not too heavy but one substantial enough to retain moisture where needed most. In other instances, it might be hormone imbalances that show up in the skin causing unsightly symptoms. The key here is to use products that will balance the skin.
Normal skin is not prone to breakouts and tends to have a well-moisturized t-zone but normal skin can have other issues like hyperpigmentation or fine lines. Hydration is also crucial, as even normal skin can become dehydrated.
Oily skin means excess oil that oftentimes leaves pores congested and clogged. Oily skin can be caused by using stripping products, genetics, climate, and dehydration. If your skin is oily but feels rough to dry, that’s a good sign that your skin is dehydrated. Although oily skin does not always incur acne, it can be prone to dark spots and breakouts. A physical or fruit enzyme exfoliator helps to speed up recovery and prevent blemishes. The happy news, however, is that oily skin looks younger and more supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle.
Sensitive skin may often appear red and/or feel itchy, burning, and irritated consistently. After you wash your face, your skin may feel tight and inflamed or you may often experience dryness in addition to irritation. With conditions like eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, focus on using oils to lock in hydration. If you cannot introduce a new product into your routine without breakouts appearing, then you likely have sensitive skin. It’s important to be aware of what ingredients have caused a negative reaction in the past and make an effort to avoid them.
Below are some questions that will help you become more in tune with what your skin needs.
- Am I under stress?
- Do I take any medications, aspirin included, regularly?
- Do I pick my face when I’m nervous?
- Do I wear sunscreen?
- Do I touch my face a lot?
- Do I use hair gel often?
- Is there a specific area that is consistently a problem?
- Am I pregnant or recently had a baby?
- How many showers do I take daily?
- How many times a day do I cleanse my face?
- What foods have I eaten lately?
- What kinds of products do I use on my skin and how often?
- Have I had any health problems (or surgeries) in the last 12 months?
- Has my lifestyle changed in the last few weeks? What am I doing differently?
- Have I travelled somewhere recently? How was the climate compared to where I live?
- How is my skin usually? Does it tend to be oily, dry, turn red when irritated?
- Am I prone to dark spots?
- Is my job stressful?
- What kind of makeup am I wearing?
- How much water am I drinking?
Here’s the thing, don’t stress yourself out trying to find your “skin type” and do not stress out when it changes. Your skin changes daily and if you lock yourself into a certain skin type…you will freak out as soon as you skin does anything other than the label you have given it. Instead, try being more mindful and flexible in your skincare routine. If you feel that your skin is oily, a face mask will do the trick and if it’s dry, apply more moisturizer or serum. It’s very simple. The most important part to remember is that you might wake up the next day and have to tweak your routine.
Until Next Time
Toni Rene Author
In my free-time I enjoy studying skincare, Herbalism and reading/researching scholarly & scientific literature on various topics. Who am I as a human? An inspiring naturalist cares about the environment, the well-being of myself and others. Find us on Social Media below!