Skin Type Versus Skin Symptom
Rather than labeling your skin type, try thinking of skin imbalances as a symptom and asking yourself what might be causing it and how you can correct it.
Many people come to me saying they have a dry or an oily skin type. The first thing I think is that their skin is trying to tell them something by being dry/oily etc. ie. it is most likely a symptom of an outside or internal factor rather than it defining their skin. Skin can become dry or oily as a result of lifestyle, environment, diet, hormonal changes, air conditioning, seasons and weather, medication, alcohol, to name some. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is as such a great indicator of our health. So next time you have a skin symptom try asking yourself what it might be trying to tell you.
As our environment and weather changes throughout the year, it is also likely that our skincare routine may need adjusting slightly. For example, in the winter you may need to wear an over-night butter mask on top of your moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated or a facial oil over your moisturiser during the day to prevent dryness and protect skin from the elements. In the summer this kind of face mask would likely be too heavy for most skin types. During hot weather, most people find that less is more.
If you find your skin is overly oily check that your cleanser is gentle enough for you - harsh cleansers can cause overproduction of sebum by stripping the skin of its natural oils and causing an imbalance. Also, check if you are using the right moisturiser for the season - rich moisturisers and facial butters are often better for winter use. You could also try using a hyaluronic acid serum under a light moisturiser to balance sebum production.
If your skin is overly dry it could be one of many things. I recommend checking that your cleanser is gentle - it shouldn’t cause dryness. If you have very sensitive skin you could use a butter cleanser and steam it off with a warm (not hot), wet washcloth - using very hot water can cause dryness. You may find that your skin can tolerate a gentle foaming cleanser after using the butter cleanser or you may prefer to just use the butter cleanser. Many people swear by double cleansing their skin. If your skin is a little dry but not sensitive you may find that by simply adding a hydrating mist after cleansing and throughout the day you can keep your skin plump and happy. You could also follow the hydrating mist with a hyaluronic acid serum under your moisturiser to keep the skin balanced. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold on to up to 1000 times its weight in water making it great for balancing out dry, oily, or combination skin symptoms. I would also recommend using an eye balm if you have a dry wrinkle-prone eye area.
I find that facial gua sha is the best way of keeping my skin balanced and eradicating any skin symptoms that may arise throughout the year. The right gua sha routine can balance out sebum production, boost lymphatic drainage, promote collagen production, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This combined with a natural skincare routine, healthy diet, plenty of filtered water and water-rich foods helps me to maintain glowing, healthy skin all year round.
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