Your Skin is very much influenced by many external (and internal) factors. If you've been blessed with an unblemished complexion, live a stress-free life and possess peerless genes, then your skin is probably perfect and needs little more than a wash with a cloth. For the rest of us mortals using plant-based skincaremakes visible improvements. Fortunately, almost all of us can balance, normalise and improve our skin with appropriate plant based skincareand some simple lifestyle shifts.
I've even witnessed those with naturally good skin being truly amazed at how much better their skin looks and feels with judicious care. Formulations such as sunscreens, moisturisers, eye creams and serums also help to delay the ageingprocess and keep skin youngerlooking than if they are not used. When choosing what to use on your skin though, it's important to know your skin type.
When Kim Buckland set up Liz Earle BeautyCo they focused on two simple skincareregimes: one for dry skins and the other for normal and combination skins. NB: there is a different set of skin types for categorising your burn risk and how vulnerable you are to sunlight.
Has large pores and shiny skin, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin); skin tends to be thicker, with rough irregular texture and colouring is prone to blackheads and spots is very common in teenagers and young adults, rare after the age of 35.
Normal and combination skin
Normal skin has medium-size pores; looks clear, with even colour feels soft and bouncy to the touch, isn't tight or greasy, doesn't feel uncomfortable or irritated, isn't essentially prone to blackheads or spots.
The only difference between this and normal skin is that combination skin, which the majority of women are thought to have, has an oilier T-zone and may be prone to breakouts there; cheeks tend to be normal, possibly a little on the dry side, especially in winter.
Has fine pores; feels flaky or rough, sometimes with red patches; feels tight and sometimes irritated after washing, especially if you have used soaps or been in a dry atmosphere for some time: fine lines develop early around the eye area.
Very dry / mature skin
Has fine pores; feels tight; has visible wrinkles and broken capillaries; skin is slacker on the cheeks and jaw line; may have a leathery texture on very thin areas.
Has fine pores; tends to be thin and is prone to broken capillaries: flushes easily; is inclined to rashes and irritation; can extend to any skin type, including oily, but mostly affects people who are prone to allergic conditions, in particular, eczema, asthma and hay fever.
Testing skin type
Most people know what skin type they are, but if you can't decide try this simple test:
- Remove any make-up, rinse your face with water, pat it dry with a clean towel and leave for 1 hour.
- Place a single layer of white tissue (peel apart a tissue and it will give you two or three thin layers) over your face and press it over the surface, pushing it into the corners and crevices.
- Leave it for a few minutes, then lift off and inspect the result.
- Oily skin; the tissue will stick to sebum, pick up oily spots and become translucent.
- Normal/combination skin: it will stick only to your T-zone.
- Dry/very dry skin; the paper won't stick to any area of your face as you have very little sebum.