It’s that time again and well overdo for another skin analysis. Part of being an Esthetician is being able to analyze a client’s skin, then determine what products will work best for them. I hope that people start catching on that going to an esthetician monthly is just as important as seeing your hair stylist!! Maintaining your skin is imperative and it changes constantly, so the needs of your skin will change as well. I have so many clients, friends and family always asking me why one product will work wonders on their skin then all of sudden kind of stop working. The best way to answer this that your skin gets adjusts and gets used to products after awhile and it’s important to introduce your skin to a new routine. I recommend switching things up every six months. Now don’t freak out when I say that because if you have holy grail products that you love thats great, when I say switch up I mean maybe integrate a new serum, or maybe a new cleanser!
Now that we got that out of the way lets move onto the skin analysis. I decided to use my sister’s skin type as an example, and I have decided she has combination skin with some mild acne issues. Combination skin is when your skin is plagued with an oily t-zone and some dry patches as well! Fun right?! Well don’t fret because this skin type is quite common, and not that hard to treat if you stay faithful to your skin routine! The most important component in treating combination skin is finding balance. You want to balance out the sebum production overload in some spots, yet deeply hydrate the flaky dry spots! Well I think I’ve found the products to do it, and let’s not forgot they are all clean and green!!
CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE: I really like Acure Organics Facial Cleanser gel superfruit + chorella growth factor for combo skin. It’s a gel formulation so it works great for oily skin, yet it’s packed with antioxidants and organic olive oil so it won’t dry you out! It’s gentle, yet strong enough to remove makeup. I recommend using this in conjunction with a Konjac Sponge for a natural, gentle exfoliation that will leave your skin clean, smooth and balanced. Retail: $14.99, $11
TONE: For this skin type you don’t need anything harsh that is going to strip your skin of it’s natural oils, because you need those oils to balance. I recommend Kari Gran Hydrating Tonic because it hydrates and calms the skin. Just spray a few times all over the face and let it sink in. Available in lavender or rose. This tonic is going to play a role in balancing the skin as well! Retail: $35 http://www.karigranskin.com
TREAT: Now in the picture it looks like my sister is just dealing with singular blemishes, but what is hard to see is the tiny bumps she has sporadically all over her face, which is why she needs to treat with a serum and not just a spot treatment alone. I recommend Kypris Clearing Serum. Personally speaking, this serum is a life changer for those suffering from problematic skin. It’s packed with apple fruit extract, willow bark, tea tree oil and I could go on forever! Bottom line, this serum is gentle but very effective and will do a wonderful job at balancing, which is what we want to do for this skin type!! Retail: $55 http://www.beauteabar.com
SPOT TREAT: For the peskly larger blemishes that stick out like a sore thumb, I recommend Indie Lee Blemish Stick. It has witch hazel and menthol which make for a potent blemish fighter, and it really does work! It dries out the blemish without drying out your face, and that is key! Retail: $28 http://www.thegreenkiss.com
HYDRATE: After you treat your skin you MUST hydrate and the absolute best I can recommend for this skin type is Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew. It is a light, milky, creamy serum that is packed with antioxidants and perfectly balances your skin while bringing instant radiance! This is an absolute favorite of mine and I use it faithfully. For combination skin this can be used as your moisturizer, just double up in your night routine and use liberally on face AND neck! Retail: $60 http://www.beauteabar.com
Now for daytime I recommend the exact same routine as above, except you don’t necessarily need to exfoliate again unless you like to exfoliate twice a day. Also, after you hydrate in the morning be sure to follow up with a non toxic sunscreen! My favorite is Beautycounter Protect Face Sunscreen SPF 30. http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com
Ok so once a week I recommend doing a face mask for deep cleansing and even better exfoliation. My favorite for this skin type is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask. I like to form a paste with organic green tea for an extra antioxidant booost! This mask is very powerful and you will feel tightening and tingling. I recommend leaving on anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on your skin! Also, your skin WILL be slighty pink when you rinse off the mask, and it’s good because it means the blood is flowing and circulating in your face! That makes for one good mask!! Retail: $10http://www.amazon.com
Well there you have it free birds! I truly hope this routine helps some of you out who have been trying to find that precious balance for your combination skin! Please remember that since I cannot analyze everyone as individuals, I cannot guarantee that this will work for everyone. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any skincare related questions, I’m always happy to help as your resident online holistic esthetician! Peace and love! Xx- Lauren