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How to Treat Dry Skin

Before you can properly treat dry skin, you need to know what's causing it. Here are common reasons people experience dry, itchy skin along with some simple solutions.

Some people have a dry skin ‘type’ and will be more prone to dryness because of that. If you’d like to determine your skin type, click here. Another reason for dry skin is that it can be a condition of environmental factors such as heat, cold or wind. The last couple of ways you can develop dry skin is by using the wrong products for your skin type and there may be a lack of essential healthy fats in your diet. All of these factors can cause your skin to feel tight, look dull and become inflamed. This causes redness and irritation. The great news is when dry skin is treated correctly, it will be healthy without any negative side effects.

If you are born with dry skin (meaning you have little to no visible pores) maintaining a daily moisturizing skincare routine is essential. Dry skin produces little to no sebum, which acts as your skin’s physical protective barrier, allowing skin to become vulnerable. This can lead to chapped, red, sore, tight and uncomfortable skin. By having a moisturizing skincare routine every day you are adding that protective barrier back to your skin, leaving skin looking and feeling healthy. Lemongrass Spa Products provides excellent skincare products, such as gentle cleansers, like the Lavender Goat’s Milk Facial Soap, to avoid stripping the skin and powerful oils in both the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Green Tea Antioxidant Serum as well as the Gentle Face Crème and Face Crème with Botanicals to provide the protection it needs to look its best.    

Environmental factors and using incorrect products for your skin type are all considered conditions. This addresses everyone who does not have dry skin as his or her skin type but still experiences dryness. Unlike your skin type, which cannot be changed, conditions are things that can change daily and effect the way your skin appears. For instance, you could have an oily skin type but live somewhere with extreme heat or cold during certain times of the year. Due to these environmental factors, you could start having symptoms of dry skin. The treatment for dry skin is to apply the right kind of nourishing oil. To correct this condition, simply add Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum to your routine during the specific times you are experiencing these conditions. Skin might become dry while traveling on beach vacations, ski trips or sitting on an airplane. What you want to avoid if you experience dry skin (but do not have the dry skin type) is changing your entire routine. If you change your skincare routine over to products that are made for dry skin, which is a common tendency, eventually they start breaking out from adding and over-using too much oil to their daily routine. This is why making sure you are using the correct products for your skin type at all times instead of changing to a different skincare routine is important. This same method is also applied to dry skin that experiences breakouts. You do not want to change your skincare routine to one for oily/acne prone skin when you experience a couple blemishes. In the long run this will cause your skin to become even more imbalanced and stripped. You simply want to spot-treat the breakouts with either diluted Tea Tree Essential Oil or Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask . Making these simple changes can treat the different ways in which skin can become dry.  

Healthy eating and self care are the most important and effective ways to keep skin in its best condition. If your skin type is dry, consulting with a nutritionist about adding healthy fats into your diet can tremendously improve any type of skin problem. Also keep in mind that certain medications and hormone imbalances can also cause dry skin. If you feel like you are experiencing dry skin due to either one of these issues, I recommend consulting with your doctor.

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Why Using Oil on Oily Skin Might Surprise You

Will using oil on my oily skin make it worse? Will it make my skin look greasy? Will it cause acne? Can I cleanse my skin with just oil? These are all concerns people with oily skin have when considering incorporating naturals oils into their skincare regimen and you’ll find them addressed below.Everyone with every skin type can benefit from using natural oil on their skin because it provides the most rapid results for hydrating and moisturizing.  Oils provide your skin with vitamins and omega’s, both of which help guard against aging and aid in healing a variety of skin issues.

  1. Will using oil on oily skin make it worse? No. People with an oily skin type have larger pores, which produces more oil (click here to read my blog on how to determine your skin type). The problem with people who have oily skin is their want to strip or remove all of the oil off their skin. They either contribute excess oil production to causing acne (which it does not), or they don’t want to look “shiny”. When they do this they cause their skin to overcompensate and produce even more oil. When you put oil on oily skin it tricks your skin into thinking it has enough oil on it and does not need to produce anymore. Over time your skin will stop overcompensating and balance out.
  2. Will using oil make my skin look greasy? No. When using the right oil for your skin type and the correct amount your skin should absorb most of the oil, leaving no greasy residue and just a healthy glow! The key to using oil is the ‘less is more’ approach. Unless you are using it to cleanse the skin, you should only use a tiny amount. Also, the type of oil you are using on your skin will help with how your skin will absorb it.
  3. Will using oils cause acne? It is possible. Oils do have a comedogenic (pore clogging) rating from high to low. The oils itself do not cause acne, but if you are using an oil with a high comedogenic rating and have large pores, it could clog them and cause breakouts. Before using oils, research the best oils for your skin type. This will eliminate any unwanted breakouts. When you find the correct oils they can actually help heal acne and clear the skin.
  4. Can I cleanse my skin with just oil? Yes! This is the best example of like attracting like. When you are removing makeup, dirt and excess oil, it is beneficial to use a product that will attach itself to these impurities. Oil will attach to them, and then when you remove the oil everything else will remove with it. If you are also having trouble with cleansers stripping your skin, I would suggest massaging a little bit of oil on your skin before cleansing. This will create a protective barrier and ensure your skin won’t become stripped along with deep cleaning the makeup and dirt out of the pores.

Lemongrass Spa Products offer a variety of different types of oils. The Organic Anti-Aging Oil Serum is rich in vitamins B, C and E that helps guard against free radicals and boost luminosity. The Baby Massage Oil and Coconut Crème Massage Oil are great in place of or addition to moisturizers for an extra hydration boost. The new Men’s Essentials Beard Oil is excellent for conditioning men’s facial hair and skin, while reducing itchiness or irritations associated with hair growth. Last is the Organic Eye Makeup Remover, which replenishes the skin with nutrients and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Enjoy using and incorporating these oils into your daily skincare routine!

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Benefits of Botanical and Anti Aging Complexes

Maintaining dewy, youthful skin is considered the number one skincare concern for most women. Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients are needed to maintain skin’s suppleness and luminosity, and Lemongrass Spa offers two anti-aging botanical blends to meet these needs.

Most people require a daily face crème to help balance and maintain hydration, regardless of skin type. While using a crème formulated for the body won’t harm your face, you’re missing out on the anti-aging benefits of a concentrated formula made with specific skincare concerns in mind. We offer face crèmes formulated for normal, dry and oily/blemished skin, and each recipe is enhanced with a botanical blend to target fine lines, uneven skin tone, rough texture and other signs of aging. If you’ve been struggling with finding a skincare routine, Lemongrass Spa’s resident licensed esthetician, Lauren Wilkerson, can help you determine your skin type (click to read more).

Botanical Complex found in the Face Crème with Botanicals, Gentle Face Crème, Tea Tree Face Crème and Original Cucumber Eye Crème with Witch Hazel includes: 

  • Calendula Flower Extract: Used for centuries in wound care due to purported anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties; believed to assist in skin's consumption of proteins and collagen production.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract: Soothes and neutralizes inflamed skin and used in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema dermatitis.
  • Rose Extract: Cleansing and astringent properties help calm dry and sensitive skin.
  • White Willow Bark Extract: The primary active compound in white willow bark is salicin. In the body, salicin can be converted into salicylic acid, which has powerful effects as an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever.
  • Red Clover Extract: High concentration of vitamin C and minerals such as niacin, phosphorous and magnesium help reduce redness and itching from minor skin irritations.
  • Elderflower Extract: Packed with powerful antioxidants to fight free radical damage; used for anti-aging, smoothing skin tone, reducing redness and dry skin.
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Mix of fatty acids derived from coconut oil and vegetable glycerin used to prevent and restore moisture loss.
  • Bulgarian Lavender: Lavender has a long history of use in skin care including treating burns and rashes due to a variety of restorative properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial.
  • Rose Geranium: Helps balance oil production, improve circulation to skin, works as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is often used in the treatment of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Carrot Seed Oil: Stimulates circulation and toxin removal, which helps improve elasticity, plus has antiviral and antiseptic properties to help fight blemishes.

Outside of a balanced diet, serums are the perfect delivery system for providing the nutrients your skin needs. Serums apply a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the skin. Light and fast absorbing, these elixirs penetrate the inner layers of the dermis for a lasting effect and can be used with all skin types. Lemongrass Spa enhances its Green Tea Antioxidant and Organic Anti Aging Serums with an essential oil blend and anti aging complex to boost the rejuvenating effects. There are visible benefits of daily use of serum including softer, suppler skin, smoother appearance and natural vibrancy. Customers who have used the serums have noticed an improvement of overall elasticity of skin and less dryness, even in cold weather when used regularly. The Green Tea Antioxidant is a favorite among those with oily prone skin types and Organic Anti Aging (Oil) Serum is the preference for normal to dry skin types.

Essential Oil and Anti Aging Complex

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How to Determine Your Skin Type and Choose the Right Products for Your Skin

Determining your skin type is simple but very important when figuring out what products to use and how to treat your skin. Knowing your skin type and conditions allows you to create your own skincare routine based on your skin’s personal needs. Keep in mind that our skin changes daily, seasonally, yearly and so on. It is always beneficial to evaluate where your skin is from time to time and make sure you are taking care of it properly. This will help lessen the frequency of skin problems. If your skin is not in the condition you would like it to be in, use the information below as a guide to help you.

There are four different skin types, normal, oily, dry and combination. The way you figure out what type of skin you have is your pore size. Do not look at any other skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, redness, and sensitivity. I will be going over those shortly. Normal skin, which is the ideal skin type, means you can see your pores, but they are not enlarged. If you are up close in a mirror and can see your pores, take a couple steps back and see if you can still see them. If you can’t, you have normal skin. If you step back from the mirror and can still see your pores, you have enlarged pores which means you have oily skin. If you can’t see any pores at all on your skin, then your skin type is dry. The most common skin type is combination, meaning that you have two different pore sizes on your face. Most people have a larger pore size in their T -zone (chin, nose and forehead) and that is why you see skin care companies market to combination/oily and combination/dry skin types; they gear their ingredients towards being beneficial for all skin types.

Contrary to what most people believe, you cannot change your pore size. Your pore size is genetic and it can change over time, but topical ingredients will not change the actual size. There are certain ingredients and precautions you can take to make them appear smaller and keep them clear, but the size you are born with is what you have to work with. Keep in mind that each skin type has its own battles (even dry and normal). Large pores, when kept clear, can produce enough oils on your skin to keep you looking youthful longer. There are pros and cons to every skin type, but accepting what you have and working with it is what will help you achieve your best skin.

Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to look at what conditions you have. The most common skin conditions are acne, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, redness, sensitivity, scarring, wrinkles and fine lines. There are many companies that gear entire skin care lines towards these conditions. The easiest way to determine whether or not you need an entire line based on your condition is how much of your face it covers. If the condition covers the majority of your skin, I advise you to treat the condition first. I will use acne as an example. If acne is covering the majority of your face, then I would suggest using an acne line first. Most companies build their lines to work together and are more effective when used together. For instance an acne line may have a cleanser with tea tree oil in it to treat the acne and a skin lightener in the face crème to help with scars. Once that line has helped clear your skin and acne is no longer a condition (or covering the majority of the your face) go back to using skincare products for your skin type and spot treat if necessary. The most common mistake I see people make is they have one or two blemishes which leads them to think they have oily acne prone skin, therefore use an entire acne line. Their skin then becomes dry and irritated, normally causing the problem to get worse because they went about treating their skin wrong. You don’t have to have oily skin to have acne; this is why it is very important to know your skin type first. If you only have a couple of blemishes and the condition is not covering the majority of your skin, I advise using the skincare line based on your skin type and just spot treat for the condition; this way the majority of your skin stays balanced. You can, however, treat different conditions at the same time. If you have a couple lines on your forehead and some acne on your chin, go ahead and use a skincare line based on your skin type, and use a treatment for wrinkles on your forehead and a different treatment for acne on your chin.

By plugging in different skin conditions and types to the scenario above you should be able to come to a pretty clear conclusion on how to go about treating your skin. When in doubt always ask an esthetician or dermatologist to help guide you in the right direction.

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