Normal skin has a moderate amount of oil production, pores are visible but not large, and skin is soft but still requires proper care. Cleansers should not be harsh, toners should not include alcohol, and serums are wonderful for their anti-aging benefits. Moisturizers are key for keeping the skin soft and peels are important in keeping the skin glowing.
Dry / Aging
Dry skin is characterized as having under-active oil production, pore size is small and the eye area is especially sensitive to fine lines. Dry skin can have a dull appearance, feel dry and itchy, or be sensitive. The skin is tight and shows signs of aging early on. Cleansing should be done with gentle products, never a highly foaming cleanser. Hydration through Facial Sprays & Serums are very helpful as is moisturizing with a rich cream. Layering sprays and serums with moisturizers locks in hydration at the cellular level. Weekly peels are helpful in minimizing signs of aging and exfoliation of dull skin cells, allowing for a brighter complexion.
Oily / Acne
Oily Skin is caused by over-active oil glands. Skin appears shiny, pores are generally large, and can be clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. Acne can be a result of very oily skin. Congestion of pores can be severe and oil trapped below the surface can cause pimples. In general, oily skin stays younger looking for longer.
- Cleaners should include oil busting salicylic acid and clay.
- Toners can include low percentages of alcohol, salicylic, azelaic, and soothing herbal ingredients.
- Oily skin needs hydration but not a heavy cream. Facial sprays are good.
- Clay masks are great to reduce oil, congestion and calm the skin.
- Peels are also very important to rid the skin of dull cellular build up and clogging.
Combination skin is the most common skin type. Generally oil production is greater in the "T-Zone" (the forehead, nose, and chin). In general, the cheeks and neck are drier and less oily. Use products similar to those recommended for normal skin types, but make sure to use a toner daily on the "T-Zone" area. Clay masks can also be helpful in oily areas. Light moisturizers and eye cremes are key in keeping dryer areas looking young.