Skin is a unique organ that requires simplicity and consistency in order for it to remain healthy. But there are so many different skin types and each one reacts differently, so how do you know what treatment is right for you? We’ll explain the different ways in which you can naturally detox each specific skin type.
If you’re thinking, well actually I don’t even know which specific skin type I fall under, don’t worry here’s our simple breakdown…
If you’re getting through a crazy amount of blotting sheets, or you’re endlessly replenishing your powder, you’re probably more than aware that you have oily skin. The good news for anyone struggling with a personal oil crisis is that this common complexion problem isn’t a life sentence. There really are ways in which you can turn your greasy complexion into a fresh-faced glow. Here are some natural ways in which you can make simple changes to your skincare regime, detoxing and cleansing the oil away.
Now, this may seem so simple, but trust us this will make your skin feel a lot better with time… keep your hands away from your face! Yep, it’s as uncomplicated as that, touching your face could be a big factor to why your skin gets oily breakouts. Having oily skin makes you more acne-prone, but don’t be tempted to pick and squeeze, your fingers carry bacteria that will make your skin all the more oily and all the more spotty.
Diet of course plays a major role in your skin’s health. It can be beneficial to eat frequent but small meals to keep your blood sugars stable, this will help to reduce oil production and clogged pores. Omega-3 rich fish, for example salmon, have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce acne.
Foods that you should cut down on are dairy products, sugary foods, and processed carbohydrates like bread and pasta; these have all been linked to worse acne breakouts.
This may seem like a very conflicting and odd idea, but cleansing your face with oil (yes oil) will help reduce oily skin. It’s strange but true, water does not dissolve oil, oil does! Try putting your soap and cleanser aside for a week, and instead cleanse your skin with oil. For the best results, use sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, or grapeseed oil. Steer clear of olive oil and coconut oil as these may clog your pores and worsen blackheads. You can read all about comedogenic ratings for oils and butters in our blog post: How to Manage Oily Skin. After a week take note of how your skin feels, it may be a good idea to blot your face with tissue in the morning when you wake up at the start of the week and at the end, see how much oil comes off your face in comparison.
Flaky skin, tightness, these are the things you’ll be experiencing if you’ve got dry skin. There are so many ways you can fight dry skin naturally, from the food you eat to what you’re lathering on your body.
There are so many options for natural dry skin care; you may even have the answer in your own fridge! But this time, we’re not talking food to eat; instead we’re talking making your own natural cleansers. Greek yoghurt makes for an excellent cleanser with a mild exfoliating action that will remove dry skin and leave you feeling refreshed and cleansed. This is a particularly safe exfoliant for very dry skin as it exfoliates using lactic acid, not scrubbing granules.
DIY papaya and Greek yoghurt facemask:
Mix up half a cup of Greek yoghurt with half a cup of crushed papaya, apply to the skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask with water, and your face will feel revived and smooth.
Sometimes we can get so carried away with nourishing our skin on the outside, that we forget to feed it from the inside. A diet rich in magnesium, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and beta-carotene naturally feeds skin from the inside and makes it less prone to dryness. Create a diet that includes dark chocolate, salmon and other fatty fish, oranges, mangoes, and carrots.
Combination skin is a mix of oily, dry, or normal skin types, most of the time you will notice more oil on your t-zone, and the other parts would be normal or dry, varying from person to person.
To get on top of your combination skin you can take these natural steps…
Stop using soap on your delicate facial skin as these will dry it out and may cause irritation. There are lots of natural cleanser alternatives, for example using honey or milk; these will both help the oily and dry parts of your face.
The key for treating combination skin is to CTM (cleanse, tone, & moisturise).
A great natural cleanser for combination skin is raw honey (honey in its most natural form). Honey is rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, and is known for its skin healing properties, helping the dry areas retain moisture. As well as reviving the dry areas, honey’s antiseptic properties also help fight acne in the oily areas of combination skin by reducing bacteria.
A crucial part of any skin care regime is toning! But it’s all the more important for combination skin as it helps to balance the oily and dry areas. Toner removes cleanser, also removing and redistributing excess sebum from the oily areas, whilst moisturising the dry areas. Use a solution of cucumber and distilled water, or rose water as an effective natural toner.
Glycerin is a great natural moisturiser for combination skin types. Mix one part glycerin to four parts distilled water and use your fingertips to massage into the skin. During the colder months of the year when your skin may be particularly dry, try adding a drop of oil to the moisturiser, either almond or lavender. Note that this moisturiser does not offer effective sun protection, though there are many natural products on the market that do. Natural moisturisers usually contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide for sun protection instead of harmful chemical ingredients.
If you’re blessed with “normal” skin (when skin doesn’t feel tight, dry or oily) you don’t need to do anything to naturally detox, you don’t even need to bother with a skin care routine right? Wrong!!! It’s so important that you’re looking after your skin properly even without the suffering of oily, dry, or tight skin. An amazing way of naturally detoxing your skin is drinking warm lemon water everyday. This is so simple and hardly costs a thing! The lemons give an extra boost of vitamin C which helps build collagen and keeps your skin taut and firm. It also helps boost your digestion and metabolism, helping to burn calories throughout the day. So stock up on lemons!
Sensitive skin is usually very dry and prone to reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion. Extremely dry skin can’t protect nerve endings, which is why you get sensitive skin reactions. As well as dryness, there are other causes of sensitive skin reactions for example disorders or allergic reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis.
As these skin types are so reactive and delicate, they need to be taken care of appropriately.
Here are a few ways you can naturally detox for sensitive skin…
As suggested for normal skin types, drinking lemon water is also beneficial for sensitive skin. The vitamin C helps to get rid of free-radical damage, in addition to removing toxins from the body, helping to keep the skin glowing and free from acne and blemishes.
To make the lemon water:
Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a mug of hot water. If just the lemon and water is too tart for you to handle, add a little raw honey. Drink on an empty stomach every morning and then wait half an hour before you enjoy your breakfast.
It’s also important that you regularly drink water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from within.
If you have sensitive skin it’s important that you use sun protection no matter what the weather. There are many natural and organic sunscreens on the market, look for ones that have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead of harmful chemicals.
Pure coconut oil is a natural moisturiser that’s great for sensitive skin. It has a good amount of fatty acids that help keep your skin well moisturised, preventing dryness. The oil penetrates deep into the pores helping to nourish and moisturise from within. Coconut oil is a good treatment for conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
A natural cleanser that’s great for sensitive skin is raw milk. Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help get rid of dry and itchy skin. To use milk as a cleanser, soak some cotton wool into the raw milk and dab it on your face. Leave it on for five to ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Try out our skin detoxing tips and don’t forget to tweet us to let us know how you’re getting on or if you’ve got any other recommendations to share!