Eating organic foods and following a healthy lifestyle go far when it comes to healthy, glowing skin; your largest organ deserves a toxin free, revitalizing and repairing regimen.

Oily/Blemish Prone:

We recommend using a cleanser that contains Tea Tree oil, astringent or acidic fruit oils, such as Cranberry, Lemon and Orange in a castile, gel or foam base. Charcoal cleansers are another great way to absorb excess oil and trap acne causing bacteria. Apply your cleaners to a micro fiber cloth to increase the action of oil absorption. Wash morning and night, using the micro fiber cloth alone, and powdered blotting tissues for touch ups during the day. Avoid using extremely hot water on your face while washing; lukewarm temperatures are best for all skin types.

Toning is an important step for oily skin, as toners act to bring back the acid mantle of your skin. The acid mantle may be removed with some cleaners and that will cause oily skin to produce more oil. Try diluted apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or a toner with the same fruit oils as listed above. These are meant to tighten pores without over drying.

Next, apply a corrective serum while your skin is still damp. If you’re having breakouts, apply your serum first, then do your spot treatments. For acne related to bacteria build up, try the essential oils (EO’s) of Cedarwood, Tea Tree or Lavender. For acne related to hormones or diet, try out EO’s of Clary Sage or Helichrysum. Always be sure to check with your dermatologist about the safest way to use essential oils before incorporating them into your skin care routine. Oil free serums are available and formulated with Aloe Vera or Glycerin, though experts say you should try an oil based serums such as Rose, Rosehip Seed or Algae/Seaweed extracts.

Further moisturizing is probably not necessary after the serum, but be sure to apply a sunscreen, even in the winter!

Dry/Aging:

Your cleanser should be more cream based. A creamy cleanser should leave the acid mantle intact, yet open up pores enough to allow moisture in. Oil based cleansers are a great choice for extremely dry or cracked skin. Pick Argan or Marula oils to make your own. Dampen skin and gently massage in the oil, then wipe the oil off using a micro fiber cloth.

To tone dry skin, use Sandalwood or Geranium hydrosols.

Apply serum or serum mixed with moisturizer in a pressing and rolling motion. Hyaluronic Acid pulls water into its structure allowing for impressive hydration of the skin. Serums containing Peptides stimulate collagen production, plumping skin. Patchouli & Shea Butter, or Coco Butter & Jasmine can be combined for a DIY dry skin moisturizer.

Normal/Combination:

A foam cleanser is the best pick for you. It allows for the removal of oil but should not be drying. Use a buffing mitt or micro fiber cloth on areas with more oil build-up.

Your toner, serum and moisturizer will land in the preventive category. Based on your concerns as you age, you may want to sway towards L-Ascorbic Acid – protecting, strengthening and a boost of radiance. Niacinamide & Plant Stem Cells – boost collagen production, delay aging and even out skin tone, or possibly CoQ10, DMAE & Alpha Hydroxy Acid- Antioxidant protection, keeping spots and wrinkles at bay.

Everyone should consider a weekly mask and exfoliation treatment 1-2 times per week as well as the use of a mineral based sunscreen after all serums and moisturizers are applied, all year long. Always do a test patch when trying a new ingredient, and follow the directions listed on your product.

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