What Your Skin is Trying to Tell You
Skin problems can be related to a multitude of factors, which means understanding what your skin is trying to tell you can be a difficult endeavour. Fortunately, by identifying your skin type and looking for key signs of each skin concern, you’ll be well on your way to targeting your issues with the correct products. Read on to learn how to better understand your skin’s needs, as well as how to target them.
Understanding different skin types
Understanding your skin type is a crucial first step in understanding how to identify and manage your skin concerns. Although all skin types can benefit from a consistent skincare routine, knowing your underlying skin type will help you choose products targeted to your needs.
Determining your skin type can be confusing, but there are two simple methods to help start the process. We recommend utilising the blotting paper method to check your skin’s level of oiliness. Press a clean blotting paper to various areas of your face and observe the amount of oil present. Alternatively, try the bare-face method by leaving your skin bare for 30 minutes post-cleansing. When the time is up, closely observe your skin for signs of each skin type.
If you have an oily skin type, your skin will have excess oil. This may present around the t-zone (nose, chin and forehead) or around the entire face, resulting in a greasy feel and shiny appearance. Oily skin is often prone to acne and visibly enlarged pores.
Signs of dry skin include a rough, flaky or scaly texture. Dry skin often feels tight and uncomfortable with an overall dehydrated appearance.
If you have combination skin, there will be areas of your complexion that are both oily and dry. In many cases this presents as dry cheeks and an oily t-zone.
Normal skin is neither too oily or too dry – the perfect balance. People with normal skin are often lucky enough to avoid being prone to acne or flaking skin.
There are many signs of sensitive skin, however how this skin type presents can vary widely from person to person. Sensitive skin symptoms include redness, dryness, inflammation and feelings of discomfort.
Understanding different skin concerns
With so many skin concern types and a range of symptoms to differentiate between, understanding which skin concerns apply to you can be tricky. We’ve broken down each common skin concern, along with their causes and suggested products.
Skin redness on the face is easy to spot, however there are many possible causes for this skin concern. Sunburn, inflammation and skin reactions can all cause redness.
No matter the cause, look for skincare enriched with calming ingredients to help manage redness like our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Cleanser. This extra gentle herbal facial cleanser is designed for skin prone to redness and discomfort. Use morning and night to help calm the skin.
Those with acne-prone skin understand that acne can persist well into adulthood and involves whiteheads, blackheads and more severe blemishes. The key causes behind blemishes include hormonal imbalances, excess sebum (oil) production, stress and comedogenic makeup.
Serums are a highly effective way to target acne symptoms in a range of ways, from chemical exfoliants to calming oil-based formulas like our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate. Use once daily to help regulate oil production.
Under eye wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are especially common in the delicate under eye skin area. This skin concern will inevitably appear as ageing depletes the skin’s collagen and elastin, however nourishing eye creams can effectively target the area to help with elasticity and plumping.
For example, our Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream is formulated with Copper PCA and Calcium PCA to help manage under eye wrinkles when used nightly.
Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are most often caused by sun exposure, however sometimes acne scarring is also to blame. We recommend utilising the brightening properties of vitamin C to help minimise the appearance of dark spots.
Our Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution contains Activated C and natural ingredients to help improve pigmentation with daily use.
Dark circles under the eyes are a common skin concern commonly thought to be caused by a lack of sleep. While this is true, dark circles can also be caused by genetics, dietary factors and certain health conditions.
To target dark circles, we recommend a brightening eye serum such as our Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum. Enriched with botanical extracts, illuminating minerals and hydrating ingredients, applying this serum after cleansing can help minimise dark circles.
Enlarged pores and blackheads
Enlarged pores and blackheads both share an underlying cause – excess sebum production which visibly clogs the pores. However, enlarged pores can also be due to decreased collagen and elastin causing a lack of supportive structure for the pores.
We recommend targeting enlarged pores with a Yeast Extract serum like our Precision Lifting and Pore-Tightening Concentrate. With daily application, yeast can help visibly reduce the appearance of pores.
Aside from feeling dry, dehydrated skin often looks dull with an increased visibility of fine lines. This skin concern can be caused by colder weather, internal dehydration a weakened skin barrier.
Hydration is key when targeting this skin concern and facial masks like our Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask are a highly effective way to increase the skin’s moisture levels. In just 15 minutes, this mask will leave the skin feeling replenished, nourished and supple.
Still questioning your skin type and concerns? Try our Instant Skin Reader to help get to know your unique skin.