The Essentials of Skin Care: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Your Skin Type

Your skin type is determined by genetics but can be influenced by several factors:

Environmental conditions, such as climate change or pollution
Stress or anxiety
Cosmetics and skin care products
Illness or trauma
Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
Exercise levels
Sun exposure duration and intensity

To identify your skin type, perform a simple blot test: press a single ply of dry tissue on your face for ten seconds, then examine the tissue. Balanced skin will leave the tissue damp without oil traces. Dry skin will show no oil or moisture, while oily skin will leave oily and possibly dirty marks. Combination skin will have both oily and dry patches on the tissue.
Skin Type Characteristics and Care
Dry Skin

Dry skin lacks sebum production, which is crucial for keeping skin moist. Factors exacerbating dry skin include harsh detergents, climate control systems, pollution, inadequate skin care, and overexposure to sun and wind. To aid dry skin, use creamy, oil-based products and avoid harsh soaps and alcohol-based items. The Organic Make-up Company suggests products like oatmeal soap and rich moisturizers with avocado or jojoba.
Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by excess sebum production, which can be worsened by poor diet, stress, and hormonal changes. To manage oily skin, cleanse regularly, use alcohol-free toner, and apply lightweight, natural moisturizers. The Organic Make-up Company offers products like Wild Oregano soap and acne-prone facial oil to help normalize oily skin.
Balanced Skin

Balanced skin, which is rare, has an even distribution of natural oils and few blemishes. It can be maintained with any skin care product from The Organic Make-up Company.

Combination Skin

Combination skin features oily areas, typically around the forehead, nose, and chin, with dry patches elsewhere. The Organic Make-up Company’s gentle products can effectively treat combination skin.
Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin, a condition rather than a type, can develop due to hormonal changes, allergies, or environmental factors. It requires mild, soothing products to avoid irritation. The Organic Make-up Company recommends oatmeal soap and calendula or jojoba moisturizer for sensitive skin.