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Skin TypeKnowing your skin type will guide you towards your ideal skin care routine for a healthy glow and confidence boost. Here are the most common traits of dry, normal, combination and sensitive skin.

Dry Skin Attributes:

  • Rough or papery texture
  • Feels tight and looks thin
  • Small pores
  • Absorbs moisture quickly
  • Minimal oil production*

Dry or alipidic skin does not produce enough sebum (oil) to protect it from environmental pollutants and the signs of aging. The skin is often sensitive because the acid mantle – the natural barrier between your skin and the outside world – is weakened. Look for skin care products known as occlusives, which are thick moisturizers that protect the acid mantle and to develop a healthy balance between skin and oil.

Try:  Petal Purity Facial Cleanser followed by Rosehip Oil Moisturizing Serum or Today Serum before bed and follow up with Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream after you brush your teeth in the morning. If you’re a morning shower person skip the evening cleanse (but always remove makeup!).

*See note under Oily Skin

Dry vs. Dehydrated

Dehydrated skin is lacking in water instead of oil, and can strike all skin types. Dehydrated skin can look thin or flakey, and can feel like a bit like tissue paper to the touch. Dehydration of the skin is caused by internal factors such as caffeine, alcohol, and medications as well as external factors such as sun exposure, winter weather, harsh products or over-exfoliation. Drink plenty of water or herbal teas and moisturize regularly.

Normal Skin Attributes:

  • Usually blemish-free
  • Matte or glowy appearance, but not shiny
  • Pores are normal size, noticeable around the T-zone

Normal skin can fluctuate between all the skin types, but won’t do so radically or for an extended period of time. While it’s the ideal skin type, it still requires regular care to keep skin and oil production in healthy unity.

Try:  Petal Purity Facial Cleanser followed by Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream. Boost your skin’s glow by adding a few drops of Argan Oil Moisturizing Serum to your facial cream application.

Combination Skin Attributes:

  • Parts of the face can be oily while others are normal or dry
  • T-zone and chin are often the oiliest parts of the face
  • Pores are more obvious outside the T-zone
  • Skin around the edges of the face can be flakey and dehydrated

With a little tender loving care, it is possible to tame combination skin. The key to balancing the oil and dryness is with gentle cleansers and regular exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and combat acne. Regular exfoliating could mean anywhere from daily to weekly, let your skin decide. Water-based products are ideal.

Try:  Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser followed by our gently astringent  Rose Dew Facial Toner and a generous application of Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream.

Oily Skin Attributes:

  • Excessive oil production*
  • Pores are large
  • Prone to blemishes
  • Can look sallow and thick

Oily, or lipidic, skin needs a balanced regime of moisturizer and cleanser. Too much cleansing will strip the acid mantle that protects skin from environmental pollutants to cause irritation, while too little will lead to breakouts and speed the signs of aging. Too little moisture will cause skin to continue to overproduce oil, while a thick moisturizer may not entirely absorb. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells that can become trapped in the pores by oil and cause acne. The good news is that oily skin is slow to show the signs of aging!

Try:  Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser – gentle enough to use daily – followed by  Orange Blossom Toner and Orange Blossom Facial Cream, both designed specifically for oily skin.

*Excess oil production can also be a sign of dry skin. When this happens it’s because the skin was dry for so long that the body overcompensates in oil production. If astringent products irritate your skin rather than combat oil, you likely have dry skin.

Sensitive Skin:

  • Fragile, red, and appears thin
  • Flushes red easily and it’s common to have conditions that cause redness such as rosacea
  • Especially common in descendants of Northern Europeans

Sensitive skin has become more common thanks to our society’s hurried, stressful idea of normal, but it is also caused by harsh weather, sun exposure, environmental pollutants and genetics. It is fussy, but not impossible to pamper. Exfoliate sparingly; you may find just gently removing cleanser with a washcloth is enough. Read skin care product labels carefully and avoid anything astringent or with added scent, and avoid deep cleansing masks. Stop using products immediately if there is any sign of irritation.

Try:  Petal Purity Facial Cleanser, which is cream-based so does not suds up and strip skin of moisture. Follow with  Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream. If you’re interested in a moisture-boosting serum like our Argan Oil Moisturizing Serum use that in place of a cream moisturizer as using both may overwhelm your skin.

My skin doesn’t fit any of these categories.

That’s not unheard of. The theme that links all skin types together is balance. Be open to the idea of trying different routines and products, and keep track of what your skin likes and does not like. If you find something that works, stick with it even if you’re tempted to try something else because regularly changing your routine may not do your skin any favours.

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SPF is a number that’s put on sun protection to tell you how much longer you can stay in the sun than if you weren’t wearing any protection at all. So if you can stay in the sun for 10 minutes without burning, then with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 you will be able to stay in the sun for 150 minutes without burning.

I want to explain these numbers a little bit more and how they come up with them. First you need to know about the UV rays. There are 2 types of UV rays that we get exposed to. One is UVB and that one [causes] more of a surface damage, so the first few layers of the skin get affected by the UVB rays, and these are what cause burns. The UVA rays are not as easy to detect because you don’t get red, but they are doing damage at an even deeper level into your skin, and they can attack collagen and elastin. UVA rays are what actually cause a lot of aging and wrinkles.

Tanning beds are so bad for your skin because they’re mostly UVA rays, and they will just age your skin like nobody’s business. That’s a definite no-no!

I want you to be aware of something. The FDA and the Environmental Working Group suggest that you do not use Sun Protection Factor over 50, and this is why; when they do testing for SPF in the lab, they’re only testing UVB ray exposure because they look at how fast the skin goes red. What companies have learnt to do is put antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into their formulas so that the redness is reversed by these ingredients, and it jacks up the SPF. What’s wrong with that is you are still getting exposed to these rays, you’re just not getting red because it’s being reversed. This is giving a false sense of protection for people; you’re getting a lot more sun than you think you are, because it’s not about redness at this point because there are ingredients that are counter-acting it. This doesn’t mean you’re not getting the harmful rays, your DNA is not being attacked, whatever – it’s still happening. Just be aware of that when you’re using these really high SPFs. My preference is that you use lower SPF and you take care of your skin other ways; you don’t go outside as much, you find shade, you go under an umbrella at the beach, you wear a hat, you wear UV-protective clothing. The 60+, the 50, even, it’s just giving a false sense of security to people, and I really do believe people are damaging their skin and they don’t know any better because it’s not going red when it would usually go red. So keep that in mind and stay protected.

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In my experience, the best mature skin that I see belongs to women that have been using natural products for an extended amount of time. Their wrinkles are minimal and skin is taut and firm thanks to all the topical nutrients they’ve been getting. The second best skin surprisingly belongs to people that claim to use nothing at all. They say things like “I just splash water on my face” or “I just use soap”. This is leading me to believe that conventional, petrochemical products are aging people’s skin prematurely. It makes sense since many of these chemicals are harsh and inflammatory and can stress the skin.

You may wonder why some celebrities have beautiful skin when they are clearly purchasing luxury lines that don’t make any ‘natural’ claims. This is because most of those high priced lines use a lot of botanicals in their formulas. Take for instance the very popular and expensive Crème de la Mer. It contains seaweed extract, lime, eucalyptus, lanolin, sesame, alfalfa, sunflower, and almond. Natural ingredients take up a good portion of this formula so it would be similar to a natural line in performance. When you look at a low priced (under $10) cream that you would buy at a drug store, it will be 100% petroleum and palm-based synthetics, which is how those massive companies are able to price it so low. This is where the bad performance comes in.

Natural is the way to go and the best thing about the green beauty industry is that you get the best bang for your buck because you get luxury ingredients that aren’t priced that way.

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If a red, raised area suddenly appears on your face for no reason and doesn’t go away no matter how much balm or coconut oil you put on it, you might be dealing with unwanted bacteria from a skin care product, cosmetic or makeup brush. Staphylococcus, candida and e.coli are just some of the microbes that can be found in expired, abused (not stored properly) or under-preserved formula.

You will need to treat this area with an antibiotic ointment and/or anti-microbial essential oils. The most effective oils against staph are cinnamon, oregano, clove thyme and savory. These potent oils can be irritating to the skin so must be diluted to a maximum of 1%. You don’t want to further inflame the area. If it still doesn’t go away or improve after one day, visit your doctor. This is not something you want to mess with.

Prevention Tips

  • Throw out whatever you used before the infection appeared. You will probably know exactly what it was – something old or maybe a DIY formula.
  • Stay on top of your product’s expiry date. It will either be printed somewhere on the bottle or you will see a symbol of an open jar with a number inside that will indicate how many months after opening you can use it.
  • When you’re buying from small batch producers, ask them about the preservative that they use. If they say none, be skeptical. This is not a responsible way to create products and there are many great non-toxic, sustainable preservatives out there.
  • Buy products and use them up THEN buy more. Don’t stockpile them in your closet to never be seen again. If you don’t like it, throw it away or give it to someone that does.
  • Clean your make up brushes regularly.

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Argan Oil

Argania spinosa

Certified Organic

Extraction: Cold pressed

Description: The argan tree grows to 8-10 metres high and lives to 150–200 years old in the semi-desert region of Morrocco, where it is endemic. It bears a fruit with a hard nut that is rich in oil. The thick skin is removed along with a fleshy pulp and the nuts are broken to release kernals which are then cold pressed into an oil. Most of this processing is done by women in co-ops.

Components: 44% oleic acid (omega 9), 30% linoleic acid (omega 6), vitamin E (four times higher than olive oil), polyphenols, carotenes, squalene, ferulic acid, phytosterols.

Benefits:

Softens and conditions skin
Very high in vitamin E
Rejuvenating and healing
Diminishes fine line and wrinkles

Found In: Argan Oil Moisturizing Serum, Eyewaken Eye Cream, Orange Blossom Facial Cream

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One of the main causes of aging skin is inflammation. It damages cells and reduces collagen production, creating wrinkles and sagging well before they are supposed to appear. There are two types of inflammation – acute inflammation, which is the body’s healthy response to injuries and infection and chronic inflammation, which is when the body is continuously in a state of inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body can trigger serious diseases such as atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and diabetes. On the skin, it can lead to premature aging, rosacea, eczema and hyper-pigmentation. It is caused by eating the wrong foods, drinking excessively, smoking, stress, infections, immune responses, uv rays and the most common, harsh skin care products.

People inundate their skin with harsh ingredients every day of their lives because they are in so many products. Sensitive skin types know exactly what these products are because they will feel a burn, and develop redness and/or swelling. Other people won’t feel a thing but that doesn’t mean it is not incurring the damage.

Look for the following ingredients to avoid chronic skin inflammation in your daily routine:

1. Alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids – Includes glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid and tartaric acid. The are chemical exfoliants that remove dead skin cells but can also damage healthy cells and barrier function. They also leave the skin vulnerable to UV rays.

2. Chemical sunscreens – These types of sunscreen turn UV rays into heat on the skin. They can be very irritating and cause redness and bumps to form. Look for products with zinc, a physical sunscreen that blocks UV rays by deflecting it off the face.

3. Fragrance – Can be an assortment of many chemicals, including harmful ones like phthalates and synthetic musks. Choose natural products with no fragrance or ones with gentle essential oils.

4. Detergents – These cleansers are currently in everything. They have even replaced bar soap for many people. They are meant to remove grease, dirt and pollutants but will also remove protective barriers and cause imbalances and inflammation in the skin. Use bars soaps and milk cleansers instead.

5. Retinoids – Retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, and retinyl linoleate are anti-aging ingredients related to vitamin A. They make your skin sun-sensitive and break down when exposed to UV rays to create free radicals that will damage your skin. Stick to anti-aging rosehip oil for a natural dose of retinoid, sans the side effects.

If one of the main causes of premature aging is chronic skin inflammation, then it is wise to keep inflammatories out of your life by way of lifestyle choices and the right skin care products. Natural skin care is the best choice for this because the ingredients are not only free of harsh ingredients, but they also contain anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that will reverse the damage that occurs.

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Plant-based facial oils have gained major traction in the last few years and thank goodness for that. North America had a period where oil was considered a ‘no no’ on the skin and that’s a shame because it is the most essential ingredient in a rejuvenating, anti-aging routine. The reasons are simple:

1. Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 (a-linolenic acid) and 6 (linoleic acid) are nourishing and anti-inflammatory both inside and out. Inflammation is one of the major causes of premature aging, brought on by sun damage, stress, smoking and unhealthy eating.

2. Antioxidants – All plant oils contain skin-loving antioxidants such as vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenes and retinoids. Antioxidants reverse free-radical damage in several different ways, which is why the more varieties, the better. Plant-based oils provide this multi-spectrum arsenal for healthy skin.

3. Skin Delivery System – One of the best penetration enhancers to deliver nutrients and antioxidants deep into the layers of the skin is Omega 9 (oleic acid). This fatty acid is contained in most plant oils in varying amounts.

4. Conditions and lock in water – Oils softens the skin and keep water in so it remains plump and hydrated.

The amount of oil required depends on skin type with some people only being able to handle a small amount in a cream while others can put several drops on twice daily. Surprisingly, some people have found success using straight oil on acne because it nourishes the skin and doesn’t contain a wax, like a cream, lotion or balm would. It can always be added to damp skin for dilution purposes or used only at night as a moisturizing treatment.

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