WE DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN "SKIN TYPES"
Skin is an ORGAN. We never refer to other organs as having a “type.” So - why are we always trying to categorize our skin into a “type”? Can you imagine how silly it would sound to you if someone started telling you about their heart type, or lung type, or pancreas type? The idea of a skin “type” is simply a selling tool created by a marketing department, designed to help choose the right type of products for your skin.
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, inspiration, love, and detoxification.
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 in them and they are full of plastic - silicone, dimethicone, polymers, so your skin suffocates.
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
realistic, helpful, and generally sound much more appealing.
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 - we are literally walking around with an ORGAN on the OUTSIDE OF OUR BODIES! Holy crap, you guys. Sensitized is next level sensitivity. This happens when extreme stress has taken over on a cellular level. Every cell in our bodies is in constant communication with each other - all 37 TRILLION of them. If and when you are under extreme stress, every cell in your body knows it. And, after awhile that stress begins to change things - it’s like an electrical current. Think about how hard it is for YOU to function under extreme stress; well it is the same for our Skin - eventually it takes a toll and things can go haywire.
Symptoms can be redness, allergies, burning, peeling, extreme dehydration, increased sensation, rosacea, cystic acne, and pre-mature cellular aging. The prescription? Nursing it back to health with realistic expectations that healing has to be systemic and can take a long time. And, Skin must be swaddled and spoon fed.
Think of Skin Cells like computer pixels. Skin can suffer all over, like a computer screen, or as little sections - connected but completely independent. Suffering can be caused by many things: hormonal imbalance, vulnerability due to prolonged abuse or neglect, overworked due to poor protection and/or toxic products, bio-accumulation of toxic products, stress, and Over-Sensti-TIZE-ity. Prolonged Sensi-TIZE-ation, can cause the systemic and cellular immune system to breakdown. That is when we see conditions such as cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.