Best Natural Skin Care for Every Skin Type

Discover the best natural skin-care solutions for your specific skin type, whether normal, dry or oily.


| September/October 2015



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Give your skin a little extra TLC with nutrient-rich coconut oil.

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Our skin holds 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (pigment skin cells) and more than 1,000 nerve endings, according to The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel. This incredibly large and complex organ also protects us from the elements, regulates our body temperature, turns sunlight into vitamin D and flushes toxins from the body.

But no skin is alike. It undergoes constant changes, depending on our age, our diet, the weather and even the stressors in our lives. It can be dry one day and shiny the next. And what most people don’t realize is that many products on the market can worsen the skin issues we’re trying to resolve. Always steer clear of products made with a laundry list of synthetic ingredients, and check the safety of any ingredients that seem worrisome with the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

Although our skin type naturally falls into one category more often than others—whether normal, oily or dry—skin types as we know them aren’t rigid, lifelong designations. Instead of following a strict skin-care regimen, personalize yours to support the normal functioning of your skin. Use the following skin-care recommendations based on your skin type.

Normal Skin

It may seem like there’s no such thing as normal skin—products that aren’t designed for dry or oily skin are instead marketed “for combination skin.” But most of us actually have normal skin, despite what we’ve been led to believe. “A slight dryness and a shiny T-zone are perfectly normal, no matter how hard the beauty industry tries to convince us we need to address these issues,” Gabriel says. If your skin is neither too oily nor too dry, and you rarely break out or experience redness, then you likely have normal skin. This skin type maintains a balance of moisture, small pores and even tone, resulting in a radiant complexion.

Your best approach: “Interfere as little as possible with your skin’s already awesome natural balance,” says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse. Cleanse and moisturize daily with gentle products that contain the fewest ingredients possible. Grigore recommends using organic rosewater for daily cleansing—it’s gentle and brimming with antioxidants and vitamins. Moisturize with a pure skin oil or a mild, nongreasy cream free of harsh ingredients. Even a dab of coconut oil alone works great.

Dry Skin

Flakiness and easy irritation are the leading traits of dry skin; sensitive skin is an extreme version of this skin type. If you suffer from dry skin, you likely have nearly invisible pores; a dull, rough complexion; less skin elasticity; and more visible lines. Ordinarily, dry skin isn’t serious, but it can be uncomfortable. Plus, when exposed to common drying factors such as dry or windy weather or harsh products, dry skin can crack, peel, become irritated, or create fine lines and wrinkles. Note: Chronic or severe skin problems associated with dry skin may require evaluation by a dermatologist.





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