Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.
DETERMINANTS OF SKIN TYPES
- WATER CONTENT , which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity.
- OIL (LIPID ) CONTENT , which affect ur skin’s softness .
- NORMAL SKIN : Not too dry, not too oily. It has no or few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, barely visible pores, a radiant complexion.
- DRY SKIN : Almost visible pores, dull,rough complexion, red patches, less elasticity and more visible lines. When expose to drying factors, skin can crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If ur skin is dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially at the backs of ur hands, arms and legs.
OILY SKIN : Enlarge pores, dull or shiny and thick complexion, black heads, pimples or other blemishes.
COMBINATION SKIN : can be dry or normal in some areas and oily else where such as T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). It can produce overly dilated pores, black heads and shiny skin.
FACTORS AFFECTING SKIN TYPES
1) DEXFOLIATION- the art of not exfoliating regularly . Exfoliation opens the skin pores to allow penetration of ur skin care products.
2) IMPROPER APPLICATION. Try to use it right after a proper bath. Don’t just take a quick shower, ensure that dirt, sweat and grime that clog the skin pores are removed as you bathe so your cream really penetrates. Also, don’t mop up all the water from your skin after bathing, leaving some water on your skin allows the cream to absorb better.
3) SUN EXPOSURE. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays puts alot of strain on the skin and will hinder the effects of your cream from being visible, make sure your cream has adequate sun protection factor(SPF) of at least 15.
4) YOUR DIET. What are you stuffing up on? Eating right (fruits and vegetables and staying away from unnatural sugar) boosts your skin’s radiance from within. Oranges and apples especially, are loaded with powerful and natural anti-oxidants that helps prevent your skin’s collagen from breaking down.
5) IMPATIENCE. Creams that boasts of ‘instant results’ usually have harsh chemical components. It usually takes time for your skin to adjust and respond to the products. Try more natural based products instead and stop changing creams constantly.
6) BATHROOM ROUTINE. Please use a gentle cleanser or a beauty bar for your face instead of the regular bar soaps and try to use lukewarm water instead of cold water. It helps to keep your skin’s protective layer from being stripped away.
HOW TO MAKE SOME SKINCARE PRODUCTS
CHOCOLATE BODY BUTTER
1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1/4 Teaspoon (or 1 capsule) Vitamin.
- Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil over very low heat.
Remove from heat and allow the oil to cool in the refrigerator until it’s almost solid.
Whip the oils with a stand mixer or hand mixer until its light and fluffy.
Once whipped, add cocoa powder and vitamin E (optional).
Whip ingredients together until combined.
Store body butter in a air tight container.
This body butter can be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months.
MANGO BODY BUTTER.
1/2 cup mango butter
1⁄4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup jojoba, light olive oil, or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 – 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil (optional).
You will also need a large bowl filled with ice, a small bowl to place in the ice (this will contain the body butter mixture), beaters, and a jar to store the body Butter .
- Melt mango butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
While melting, mix 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons jojoba, grapeseed, or olive oil (whichever you have chosen to use).
Mix until a smooth paste forms.
- Once mango butter and coconut oil have melted, remove from heat and add the arrowroot/oil mixture and also the rest of the oil. Stir to combine.
Let cool briefly and set up the ice bowl (fill a large bowl with ice and place a smaller bowl on top of the ice, so the ice comes up around the bowl).
Pour the body butter mixture into the smaller bowl and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
If mixture is not firming up after 10 minutes, leave a little longer, or place in the fridge. Just be sure to watch closely as it will be near impossible to whip once it hardens.
Once mixture is beginning to set, add essential oils when using.
EGYPTIAN BODY WASH
1/2 cup of castle soap
3 tablespoon honey,
2 tablespoon milk ( goat milk or egyptian milk)
5 tablespoon aloe Vera juice,
1 tablespoon sunflower oil,
1 & 1/2 tablespoon bee pollen,
1/2 cup of glycerin,
1 tablespoon royal jelly,
30 drops grape seed extract .
METHOD – place d bee pollen, granules Into a small jar along with the aloe vera juice, stir d bee pollen and aloe vera mixture until the bee pollen, granules have mostly dissolve. ( it’s OK there are some left, they will get blended away), add the mixture to ur blender add the glycerin, honey, milk, propolis, olive oil, grape seed, royal jelly n blend on low heat for a minute.
Pour in a bowl and mix in castle soap, make sure it incorporates well. Once you’ve got a texture you’re happy with, pour the soap through a sieve to remove any biols of pollen.
Add lightening or whitening additives of ur choice n transfer to bottle.