Skin is skin...right? Absolutely of course! All skin is made up of the same things, but how it reacts to certain conditions, the environment, stress, or just daily activity are a little different! There are generally considered to be three skin types: Dry, Oily, Combination/Normal. Some say there’s also sensitive skin, acne prone skin, and other specific conditions that can all fall under the basic types of skin but, we’ll stick to the basics for now!
First up is determining your own personal skin type. Start with washing your face with a gentle cleanser (like our Soon Oreum Sprout Foam Cleanser, or whatever you prefer) don’t apply any other products or treatments,and wait an hour, or all day for those who are comfortable. After at least 60 minutes, evaluate how your skin feels. If it feels:
-Itchy, tight, or parched, you most likely have dry skin.
-Oily or you can see some shine all over your face, you most likely have oily skin.
-A combination of the two means combination skin, with the cheeks usually feeling drier and the forehead, nost, and chin (the T-zone) feeling oilier.
For some people, the difference will be more noticeable than for others.
Everyone is going to have slightly different experiences, feelings, and conditions based off of genetics, weather, environment, and some habits. The key is finding which products help balance the conditions for skin to be healthy and happy!
Dry skin: Often caused by genetics or environment, which is why during the cold winter months more people suffer from dryness. Some tips to create more moisturized skin include drinking lots of water, using water-based moisturizers to add more hydration to skin, and using products that help hold moisture in the different layers of skin. Look for humectants, which hold onto water and the healthy natural oils in the skin, and emollients, which are great for hydration. Oil based cleansers, or those that don’t use harsh surfactants (foaming agents). Make sure to use a gentle exfoliant to help clear away excess skin cells which can appear flaky and prevent products from fully reaching the skin underneath.
The Greenery Lab Product Recommendation: Soon Oreum Sprout Foaming Cleanser and Face Cream
Oily skin: Make no mistake here, just because your skin is producing lots of oil does not mean you can skip moisturizer! Often times, those of us whose skin produces more oil or sebum overcompensate with harsher cleansers or treatments that dry skin out and cause the body to react by producing even more oil! So the use of a lightweight water based moisturizer replaces the skin’s need to hit the alarm and create any unwanted shine. Skip any products with pore clogging ingredients like petrolatum and mineral oil that could lead to breakouts or acne and exfoliate regularly to help keep sebum from sticking in pores.
The Greenery Lab Product Recommendation: GoodnDoc Black Ginger Talking About Pore & Sebum Toner, Serum, and Emulsion
Combination Skin: If you’re experiencing some areas with dryness and some without, the key is to find products than are going to be able to create a nice balance. Avoid harsh cleansers that could dry oily parts out and totallys strip drier parts of skin from any moisture. For those with combination skin, spot treatments are going to be your friend! This way you’re able to target specific concerns for the different regions of your face. Moisturizing is still key, so find something that has enough thickness to give dry skin the hydration it needs without overwhelming oily skin.
The Greenery Lab Product Recommendation: Soon Oreum Sprout Tone-Up Essence, GoodnDoc AC Control Blemish Spot Treatment