Skin Type

Skin is unique to the individual, as the individual’s life experience and genetic background is itself varied and unique. What works for some, may not for others. Generally, however, we can categorize our skin into basic, yet distinctive types.

To choose the most effective products for a daily skin maintenance regimen, it is helpful to identify the skin type as accurately as possible so its specific needs may be addressed. It is important to know that as we mature, our skin type may change. Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause) use of certain prescription medications, and prolonged stress may also influence dramatic skin type changes.

Overactive or Oily Skin

The most commonly identifiable characteristic of oily skin is an all-over shiny look from overactive sebaceous production that is often heavier in the T-zone. Large pores and more heavily textured areas, particularly around the nose, are signs of overactive skin. Excessive oil production can keep skin looking younger than dry skin, but may be associated with blemishes and acne. Bacteria from fingertips and the environment can establish a home in the enlarged pores, multiply rapidly and block pore openings, leading to infection. Acne can form from an unbalanced pH that is higher than normal. It is important to maintain the natural acid mantle on the surface of the skin and to keep the skin’s pH more acidic to prevent bacterial growth and infection. Treatment should include a skin care regimen that employs antiseptic, cleansing, calming, and pore tightening qualities. Products we recommend to help control sebaceous production are:

Sensitive Skin

Thin textured, delicate skin is often associated with sensitive skin. It is frequently dry but more easily irritated and prone to allergic reactions than dry skin. When treated correctly, sensitive skin reflects a porcelain glow and fineness. Due to its thin texture, capillaries and blood vessels are more visible as they are closer to the surface of the skin, and therefore more easily irritated. Treatment should include the use of mild, non-detergent products and avoiding synthetic chemicals such as fragrances and preservatives which may lead to irritations and allergies. Products we specifically recommend for sensitive skin include: 

Underactive or Dry Skin

Dry skin is often sensitive with delicate texture, poor elasticity and lacks tone and suppleness. It rarely experiences blemishes or acne and may shows signs of flaking or peeling, typically from dehydration. Sebum production is often decreased, increasing the tendency to wrinkle and create fine lines, particularly around the mouth and eyes. Treatment of dry skin requires stimulation of various layers, increasing the blood flow to plump and regenerate tissue. It is important to incorporate a skin care regimen that stimulates cell regeneration, softens the skin, replenishes moisture and promotes hydration. Products we recommend to specifically address the needs of dry skin are:

Active or Normal Skin

Although this skin type is not very common it is the most fortunate.  Active or normal skin has a healthy appearance to it with a good balance of oil and moisture.   It is characterized by smooth, plump and supple skin and generally indicates a body in good working condition.  Although it is the least problematic of skin types, active skin can still benefit from a 3-step daily regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturizing–to keep it in tip-top shape. Active skin types may want to experiment with our cleansers, toners, moisturizers and masks by trying trial sizes first.  The Complexion Care Cleanser, Citrus Coconut Cleanser or Sandalwood Sage Cleanser are excellent choices for Step 1, Aromatherapy Toner for Step 2, and the Almond Cream for Step 3.  If the Almond Cream feels too rich or heavy, the Sensitive Skin Serum is a wonderfully light, hydrating facial oil, as an alternative.


What about combination skin?

Combination skin occurs when there are distinctly different skin types in different areas of the face.  Most common is an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), but dry in other areas (cheeks, jaw and hairline).  However, whether the skin is dry and flaky in one area, while oily and congested in another, these are definitely distinct types of skin and should be treated accordingly. The goal in treatment should be to stabilize the oily area and moisturize the dry and areas using a combination of products recommended to treat each particular skin type.