Every skincare regime needs a moisturiser. These products form the bedrock of your skincare practice and give you an excuse to make time for yourself. Self-care is an important part of your daily life and even just five minutes for skincare rituals can ease weary minds and replenish your soul.
Moisturisers can prevent water loss from the skin by sealing in moisture with ingredients like mineral oils, lanolin, and petrolatum typically used. At Soothe, we prefer to use natural plant oils like shea and jojoba combined with high-tech plant-derived formulations that feed the skin with nourishing, active ingredients and vitamins. (Mineral oils may form a pleasant film on the skin, but they cannot integrate into the natural skin structure, as the body cannot process artificial substances.
In the long term, this leads to a breakdown in the functions of the skin barrier. They also have an occlusive effect (they close the pores) and as a result, the lower skin layers literally suffocate and suspend their activity. The skin produces less essential lipids and gradually loses its ability to bind moisture.
We’re going to look at a few ways to help you understand what type of skin you have and what moisturisers you should use to feed your skin.
How to identify your skin type?
So how do you identify your skin type? Everyone’s skin is different and it can change daily depending on your product choices, weather, levels of pollution and whether or not you’re taking medication. Here are some of the ways that may help you identify your skin type. However, if you want an expert opinion and suggestions to match your skin type, lifestyle, and needs then please consider visiting us for treatment or booking an online consultation. We have years of experience helping clients find their inner beauty and can suggest appropriate skincare products and unique skincare treatments for when you visit us at the spa.
We’re going to briefly look at three typical skin types categories and suggest some general approaches.
Dry skin tends to look dull and could be scaly, particularly around the nose. It can feel itchy, tight and redden easily. This skin type produces less sebum and intercellular lipids than normal skin which means it loses water to the environment much more readily. The compromised barrier function (ability to protect itself) makes it more vulnerable to irritation and sensitivity. People with dry skin tend to have tiny pores, dehydration lines (like crepe paper) and develop wrinkles earlier simply because the skin is not soft and supple.
Oily skin is the opposite of dry skin with your skin producing lots of sebum and natural lipids. If you find you have larger pores than your friends or are prone to blemishes then it’s likely you have oily skin. But this is a complicated issue, because you might not actually have oily skin, it could just be the oil slick your product is creating as it sits on top of your skin forming a barrier. Silicones and mineral oils are typical culprits. If you find your skin is shiny and greasy all the time you may have oily skin. The good news is that oily skin ages very well because it is kept nourished all day long! Again, your skin can also be affected by outside influences such as cleaning products, the weather, and diet but if in doubt, speak to an expert.
Finally, you may have heard about combination skin. If you find you have oily skin on the ‘T-zone’ – forehead, chin, and nose, but dry cheeks then you may have combination skin.
Do the seasons change your skin type?
This is tough to pin down as almost everything can affect your skin. Generally speaking, seasons change the way your skin behaves. But everyone is different and unique. This is a large part of what we do at Soothe. We listen to you and suggest treatments and products that are unique to you and your needs.
However, it is useful to remember that extremely cold temperatures can leave your skin dry while exposure to the sun can cause skin damage. Humidity is another concern as it can cause breakouts. Whatever affects you it’s important to change your skincare to match the seasons. We can help with this so please feel free to contact us and our team will help advise you.
Top Picks for Dry Skin
Hydrating Mist: APoEM Restore Face Mist with Palmarosa and Precious Woods
Moisturiser: Team Dr Joseph Climate Defence Rich Cream
Top Picks for Sensitive Skin
Hydrating Mist: Team Dr Joseph Gentle Rose Toner
Moisturiser: Team Dr Joseph Daily Skin Calming Cream
Top Picks for Oily Skin
Cleanser: Team Dr Joseph Purifying Cleansing Gel
Moisturiser: Team Dr Joseph Daily Purifying Facial Cream
Top Picks for Combination Skin
Cleanser: Team Dr Joseph Daily Cleansing Milk
Some Final Tips
When looking for products here are some tips to help identify the right products for your needs. We have selected only the best natural ranges that have an affinity with your skin and can therefore help protect and nourish it safely.
Take note of the ingredients. It’s tricky but with enough research, you’ll know your active ingredients front and back and be able to make informed decisions beyond the label. Or save yourself some time and speak to our experts.
You get what you pay for. While it may seem like a good deal is too good to turn down, non-high street premium products are priced because they work. Much dedication, passion and investment have gone into creating them. Remember to see your skincare as an investment.
Look for sun protection. UVA and UVB rays are some of the most damaging factors to human skin. Always wear a non-chemical UV protection on top of your moisturiser. Tip: High street moisturisers with UV protection tend to only protect against the burning rays, not the ageing rays that destroy your collagen! Check our skin-friendly natural SPFs. Try our Sepai City Shield SPF50 or Team Dr Joseph Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream.
Use the right products in the right places. Skincare products are designed for application on specific parts of the body. Face moisturisers are thinner and more sensitive while body moisturisers often have more substance to combat wear on areas like the knees and elbows. We recommend the Vitalis Advanced Protection Sun Cream for the body.
We’re Here to Help
Choosing the right skincare products and taking the time to enjoy a healing or regenerative treatment is something you should see as an investment. Your wellbeing affects every part of your life and we’re here to make sure you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and happy.
If you are looking for some advice or want to experience our bespoke, restorative skincare treatments and products please contact us now. The Soothe team makes everyone who walks through our doors feel special. We’ll soothe your skin, mind and soul.