With so many products available and overwhelming amounts of information, it can be difficult to know what ingredients are best for your skin, especially in starting a mindful skincare practice. There are five main skin types: dry, oily, combination, sensitive and normal. Our skin’s needs can change over time and by using the bare-faced method you'll be able to know which products work best for your skin rather than against it.
The key to finding out your skin type is to cleanse your face with a cleanser and gently pat dry. Sounds simple, right? Let your skin dry without adding any type of products. After 15 to 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine or dryness.
If your skin feels tight and is slightly uncomfortable to emote, you have dry skin. You probably have fine lines when you make facial expressions as well. Many factors contribute to dry skin including diet, environment and hormones. Either way, you’ll want layers of moisturizing products that lock in and retain the moisture in your skin. Our Richly Replenished face cream helps to restore valuable moisture and hydration back into skin and softens fine lines.
If your skin looks greasy or shiny (especially in the t-zone) and shows large pores, your skin is considered oily. Oily skin tends to be more acne-prone as the oils can easily clog pores. One of the best things you can do for oily skin is have a consistent skincare routine, which can help with oil production. Our Clarity cleanser will wash away the excess oil and balance your pH while regulating oil production and retaining your natural glow.
If you find your skin is dry and patchy in some places and oily in others, you may have combination skin. A great addition to your self-care routine can be masking. Our Volcanic Mineral Mask is ideal for combination skin, and will both soften the skin in the dry zones and deeply cleanse the pores in the oil zones.
When you have sensitive skin, you have to be very careful about what products you use. Products that are heavily fragranced or contain a lot of chemicals can easily irritate your delicate skin barrier. Try something simple to ease your skin’s sensitivity, like our Touch of Heaven toner. It is unscented and made with natural ingredients to rebalance your skin and help you glow from the inside out.
If you look in the mirror and find that your skin looks smooth and clear, you are one of the lucky few with normal skin. You likely don’t suffer from many breakouts and your skin isn’t easily irritated. To keep your skin looking fresh, use our Orchard Oasis face cream. It will keep your skin looking hydrated and balanced.
Your skin is beautiful no matter what your skin type, and starting a mindful skincare practice will help bring out your inner beauty and natural glow. If you are still unsure of your skin type, take our skin quiz and let us help determine your skin type to help you attain your best skin!