WE DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN "SKIN TYPES"
We have been buying products for years according to our “skin type”- something that someone diagnosed us with at the mall. Skin is an ORGAN - we don’t have “types” of skin. We never refer to other organs as having a “type.” Can you imagine how silly it would sound to you if someone at the
mall tried to diagnose your heart type, or lung type, or pancreas type? The idea of a skin “type” is simply a concept created by a marketing department in a major cosmetic brand years ago to sell particular “types” of products.
It is true, that skin can be BEHAVING in frustrating ways, but this isn’t because of it’s “type.” We are biologically pointed to health, not sickness, and when skin is not “normal” it is telling us something about it’s health status or deficiency - not it’s “type”. The problem with believing in a “type” is that it is limiting. If you think your skin type is “oily” most likely you will be sold a slew of “oil-free” products designed to “absorb” oil and“matte-ify.” However, if your skin is producing too much oil - it Is trying to tell you it NEEDS oil! If you strip it all away, it only works harder, further exacerbating the problem. And, oil-free products usually have very little nourishment and they are full of plastic - acrylates, silicone, dimethicone, polymers.
NEWS FLASH! Skin needs exactly what the rest of our bodies need to function and survive: water, oxygen, protein, fat, carbohydrates, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, rest, relaxation, love, and detoxification.
The funny thing about Skin is it’s needs reflect our bodies as a whole. Our Skin lives through the same life cycles as we do as people. So, we have developed our own Skin “Types” that we think are much more loving, realistic, helpful, and aligned with caring for precious skin.
We are growing and “blossoming” until we reach about the age of 25. During this glorious time in our life cycle, our skin is bouncy and plump and generally has everything it needs. It is full of energy! It is pretty self-sufficient for the most part. The best thing to do for Blossoming skin is to let it be and protect it from “oxidation.” It needs gentle, basic nourishment, light textures, and trusted floral anti-oxidants. Think of a rose bud, that is just opening up.
Once we hit about 25, our young little blossom, is “blooming.” And, what a beautiful show it is! In this stage, our Skin needs a little bit more protection, and we have to be more delicate with it. We need to add some nutrients to fuel energy production, and also up our gentle, daily exfoliation game a bit as cell turnover begins to slow down a little bit. Adding oils helps Skin not work so hard.
There is nothing more beautiful than a rose bush that is in full bloom! It is show-stopping! In this stage, the name of the game is nutrition, protection, and a gentle touch. It’s also the time to really appreciate the grandness of the bloom and give our Skin even more nourishment than during the blooming stage. Gentle daily exfoliation is also still needed, because Skin begins to lose some of its density and will no longer weather or bounce back from an aggressive peel.
There is a difference between Sensi-TIVE, and Sensi-TIZED. EVERYONE is sensitive. Sensi-tized is next level sensitivity. When skin is sensti-tized it tends to react quickly with redness, rashes, puffiness, and other allergic reactions. Becoming hyper-sensitive can occur when someone is going through a stressful life event, treatment for an illness, or anytime when the immune system is compromised. It is a time when skin needs minimal ingredients, gentle care, less stress, and rest.
Most of the time skin suffers in specific areas and is often referred to as conditions such as cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sensitivity, dermatitis, etc. Skin that suffers from these types of conditions is most often “broken” and raw, making it vulnerable. It needs anti-microbial ingredients that “seal” and protect the skin whileit heals. It also needs balanced nutrition to convert to energy fuel the healing.