1. Normal Skin …Normal skin, although being the least problematic type, still requires cleaning, nourishing, and moisturizing.
- In the morning, refresh your skin with rose water or an alcohol-free astringent tonic and moisturize it with a mild, non-greasy cream, preferably made from natural ingredients without petroleum by-products.
- Use a good quality make-up, but do not overindulge. Before bed, gently wash your face with a mild soap, such as goat milk soap, and put on a bit of an oil-based nourishing cream, paying particular attention to the areas around your eyes.
- After about 15 minutes, gently pat your skin dry with a napkin.
- Once a week, use an egg yolk mask, or any other natural and non-drying mask to feed and rejuvenate your face skin.
- Do not forget to take care about your body, as well. Every day after showering, use a mild moisturizing lotion to keep your body skin supple and healthy.
2. Dry Skin …Dry skin requires a more thorough care, since it is prone to flaking, irritating, and fast aging.
- If your skin is dry, you should use only natural and rich skin-care products, such as undiluted shea butter, extra-virgin coconut oil, or home-made herbal oils.
- Apply them twice a day and allow some time for your skin to absorb nourishing and moisturizing ingredients from the oil before putting a hypoallergenic make-up on.
- Try not to use tap water, if you must wash it, use sparkling water.
- Instead, clean your facial skin with mild cleansing milks or herbal infusions. With good care, dry skin will always look healthy and smooth.
- Get a humidifier, it should be on day and night, in winter and in summer, because air conditioning, which is always on, dries your skin every single day.
3. Oily Skin …Oily skin requires the opposite approach. Instead of putting an emphasis on nourishing, you should focus on removing excess oil from it, hydrating, cleaning enlarged pores, and preventing or treating acne.
- Wash your skin about 2-3 times a day, but use a mild soap only once a day, because otherwise oil glands will be stimulated to produce even more sebum.
- Use only non-greasy moisturisers and tone your face often with alcohol-free herbal tonics or ice cubes, which will restore the health and balance of your skin.
- The best masks for oily skin are those featuring drying and hydrating ingredients, for example, clay, papaya, or yogurt.
- Apply once a week and make sure to rinse your face thoroughly with cool water after about 20 minutes.
- In case of acne, remove sugar and other carbohydrates from your diet and make sure not to eat any processed foods.
4. Combination Skin …Combination skin may be complicated to manage, because it has both oily and dry areas each requiring different care. The trick is to use oily skin tips for the facial areas of oily skin (usually, on the forehead and nose) and to apply to the areas of dry skin (around the eyes and on the cheeks).
Tips for T-Zone:
- Wash it once a day with a mild facial soap or cleanser.
- Use a toner for oily skin on this very part (I find Clinique Toners be wonderful for reducing oil production and oil shine).
- Use a light get moisturizer that won’t be clogging the pores in your T-zone area.
- Apply a mat-finish primer after applying moisturizer, it will keep your T-zone shine-free.
- Apply a pore minimizing mask and use facial scrub for oily skin on your forehead, nose and chicks once a week. It will make your skin look smoother and more even-toned.
5. Sensitive Skin …Sensitive skin is always very dry and irritated, this is why you should take a very thorough care of it using the above tips for dry skin. Additional hints:
- Watch what you eat and make sure to consume a fair amount of essential fatty acids, organic protein, yogurt, and lacto-fermented fruits and vegetables.
- Remember that women who eat a vegetarian, or even worse so, a vegan, diet, usually develop very dry, wrinkled, and irritated skin.
- Try not to use commercial creams and moisturizers that have petroleum. Go for natural or organic skin care products for sensitive skin instead.
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet. This way you’ll assure you do not get any irritations from food allergies.
- Protect your skin from the sun by wearing an organic sunscreen SPF 30 or more every time you go outside.