Esthetician Kasia Hampton has good tips for those trying to take care of their beauty. She explains according to the skin types.
Oily : It may sound counter-intuitive but because you are drying out your skin, tightening the large pores and trying to get rid of all that excess oil and stripping your skin of its natural oils, you may end up with a plethora of oil on the surface. The skin is telling your body that there is just not enough nourishment (oil) or hydration (water) in the skin, so it makes up for it by making more and more to satisfy itself.
The most basic way to even out the oil in oily skin is to use a non-drying or gentle foaming cleanser, to be followed with a toner, which helps to tighten pores and balance the pH of the skin. Finish with a light-weight moisturizer twice a day, every day. Once to three times a week use an exfoliant which takes away that peeling, flaking skin on the surface (this is not dry skin) and once a week try a deep cleansing mask or alternatively a calming hydrating mask. Get the skin fed with what it needs, and it will aid towards normalizing your skin. When it does get to normal you can then add in treatment products such as serums which would be used once a day, every day, under moisturizers.
Normal : Normal skin does not look oily or dry, and there are small to medium pore sizes with on-and-off flakiness on the surface. To keep normal skin normal, try to use a non-drying or cream cleanser followed by a toner and a light to medium moisturizer. An exfoliant is beneficial here as well, once to twice a week. Keeping this up will give your skin its basic needs to keep going strong. Of course, adding serums, treatments and masks are all a bonus and quite beneficial to this skin type.
Most normal skin will be plagued with some oily areas and some dry areas. Try to use the same natural organic products on the entire face but treat some areas (usually T-zone is the oilier area, and cheeks are the drier) with more advanced treatments to help get the skin back to normal. Peels and Microdermabrasion are great for that rapid exfoliation to reveal new glowing skin layers. All skin types may use this type of exfoliation but normal skin has the fewest contraindications than any other.
Dry : This skin type tends to feel dry and tight all the way down. What is key in helping the appearance of dry skin is finding something that soaks in and fills up the dry cracks and crevices (not completely literally) and satisfies the skin so there is no dry feeling. You will need a crème with the right combination of oils and water that will saturate the skin until it plumps up and is no longer dehydrated, improving the appearance of dehydration lines (those little crisscross lines that fall horizontally across the face). Start with a rich crème cleanser, followed by an alcohol-free toner and a rich moisturizer for day and night.
We recommend products made of natural ingredients (Herbally Radiant has been producing these out of USDA certified natural ingredients.) Dry skin doesn’t necessarily need exfoliation, but once a week is great with a mild exfoliator or enzyme mask. There is always room for serums and special treatments with dry skin. These dry skin products are usually the pricier options because dry skin can take in so many more ingredients than other types.
Chaotic or troubled : It is troubled, confused and just doesn’t know how to act. Sounds like its main group it descends upon…teenagers! Of course, it gets the best of us at older ages too, the main culprit is hormones which usually attack the teenager. With chaotic skin, I have found that being gentle and kind to the skin is best. Sometimes using over the counter products can over dry the skin and make troubled skin even worse. By using gentle products, (made with natural ingredients are the best), you may find that the skin is calmed and appearance is improved.
Anyone with acne, including adults, can benefit from calming and soothing products. Herbally Radiant has most effective treatment for these: its CLEAN range of cleanser, toner, and serum.
Around the eyes: The eye area is very delicate. The skin is much thinner with smaller and fewer pores so it’s beneficial to use an eye crème, gel or serum specific for that area. There are excellent natural ingredients that help improve the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, “chicken” skin and crow’s feet.
Make sure you are using the right products for your skin type. Avoid products marketed with unverifiable claims. Read the ingredients on the label. Using genuine natural products are the safest bet for all.