Here’s the thing about skin care products – they tend to be targeted at an individual skin type. That makes shopping far easier, but not if a) you don’t know your skin type or b) you want to shop for herbal products. If you buy herbal products that are specifically designed for skin care then you may find they indicate what skin type they are suitable for, however, the vast majority don’t. Which means it’s crucial for you to know what skin type you are and what herbal ingredients are good for it.
There are really just five skin types – normal, sensitive, oily, dry, and combination. Though, you may find some people including acne-prone as the sixth skin type. Whatever skin type you are, knowing is the key to choosing the perfect herbal products. Certain ingredients can inflame your skin if they aren’t the correct ones, while the right products will reduce inflammation, the size of your pores, and keep your skin clear and supple. You can’t fight the signs of aging if you are using the wrong products for your skin type. So, read on to learn more about how to choose suitable herbal products for your skin type.
Determine Skin Type
Before you start looking for the perfect herbal product you must first determine what type of skin you have.
Oily skin is slick or greasy when you touch it and generally, those with oily skin have large pores, are prone to blackheads and acne. The ideal product types for oily skin are light, oil-free, exfoliants.
Dry skin is often itchy and feels tight, it’s more prone to irritation, thus needs hydrating products (like aloe).
Sensitive skin, meanwhile, is generally irritated easily, whether it’s due to shaving or the weather.
Normal skin is quite simply not irritated easily, nor is it oily, dry, or shiny.
Combination skin is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of dry and oily. The most common spot for oily skin is in the T-zone, so if you experience this while you have dry patches elsewhere then you are a combination skin type.
Acne-prone skin is skin that is prone to spots and acne, this can be associated with oily skin as well as dry skin.
- Oily Skin
Certain essential oils are perfect for treating oily skin, so keep your eyes peeled for products that contain any of the following: orange, lemon, cypress, bergamot, lime, and geranium.
If you’re constantly battling breakouts, you can try some of these essential oils as well: patchouli, tea tree, lavender, vetiver, and geranium.
- Dry Skin
There is nothing more frustrating than dry skin – it impacts the ability of men to shave comfortably and for women, it’s difficult to treat dry skin and wear makeup on a daily basis. So, how can you combat this and improve your appearance? Well, look for herbal products that contain healing essential oils like cedarwood, geranium, sandalwood, chamomile, myrrh, and palmarosa.
- Sensitive Skin
A spot of rain, a bit of wind, a lot of things can inflame sensitive skin, which is why it’s such a frustrating skin type to deal with. Luckily, herbal products are an excellent fix especially when they contain essential oils. Firstly, herbal products are ideal because they don’t contain many of the ingredients that tend to cause flare-ups in sensitive skin. Secondly, the inclusion of healing essential oils can fight inflammation and promote healing. Look out for products containing lavender, frankincense, lemon, bergamot, and cedarwood.
- Normal Skin
The beauty of having normal skin is that pretty much any skin care product is suitable for use. Just pay attention to any changes in your skin upon changing a product, as with any product, allergies are possible.
- Combination Skin
Combination skin sometimes feels like a cruel joke – how can one area of your face be as greasy as an oil slick while other parts are plagued by dry and flaking patches of skin? It’s definitely a misery, but there are essential oils that can help with this problem, too. Look for herbal products that also contain lavender, orange, patchouli, and bergamot.
We often underestimate the importance of skin care. It goes far beyond looks, though a poor appearance can have a severe impact on self-esteem and confidence levels. Taking care of your skin now ensures you fight the signs of aging and keep your skin looking younger than your true age. It’s never too late, or too early, to start looking after your skin. Don’t forget to clean your face before bed, and a quick wipe isn’t sufficient. You need to use a cleanser to ensure your pores are completely unblocked before you can apply moisturizer. Another important part of skin care is maintaining your levels of hydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and cut out sugary beverages that can cause problems.