What is Your TRUE Skin Type? Odds Are Its Not What You Think.

Working with clients, I find myself asking some pretty in-depth questions in order to reveal their true skin type and match them with the appropriate organic skincare regime. The tricky part can be the types of ingredients a new customer is currently using on their skin. Did you know that synthetics or even chemically processed natural ingredients can strip skin of hydrating phospholipids, create dryness, spur an over production of oil, coat the skin with occlusive synthetic moisturizers and even cause chronic, low level irritation which leads to cellular breakdown and WRINKLES?! Yikes! If you are interested in reading more on this topic, checkout my prior post Hidden Ingredients May Be Aging Your Skin… or Worse!  Its quite possible the products you are currently using are creating skin conditions and masking your true skin type. Bottom line is that simply switching to a food grade certified organic line of skincare, like Miessence, is going to get you moving towards beautiful, glowing, balanced skin no matter what your skin challenges are currently.

 

Narelle Chenery of Miessence

 

Let’s start with the True Skin Types profiles as described by the lovely Narelle Chenery, founder and creator of the Miessence products pictured above. A special thank you to my mentor for lending her expertise! We’ll describe some unique identifying characteristics for each profile, how to best care for your skin type, followed by a suggested Miessence certified organic regime tailored to your skin. You are in good hands… Producing food grade certified organic products since 2001 and now sold in 65 countries worldwide, Miessence is the organic skincare authority!

Normal
Dry
Mature
Oily
Acne Prone / Blemished
Sensitive
Rosacea
Feel like your skin type suddenly changed? Don’t miss the list of contributing factors to periods of change & irritation in any Skin Type.

 

Normal Skin Profile

  • Over 20 years of age
  • May have had mild acne as a teenager
  • Both of your parents have good skin, no acne scars
  • You wash your hair a few times a week, after a few days it gets flat, but not greasy
  • Beakouts are few and far between, some blackheads
  • A few enlarged pores, most usually in the T-zone
  • Generally an even skintone and color, no red patches
  • Skin will tan in the sun
  • When you apply cosmetic foundation the product doesn’t appear dry or flaked, nor does it get oily/greasy

 

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How to best care for Normal Skin?

Normal skin is best supported with a range of emollients, stimulating, cold pressed plant oils, regenerating organic herbal extracts and soothing organic essential oils to support moisture retention, even oil production and antiaging. Normal skin types need nourishment to support the barrier function of the epidermis and sebaceous glands require equalizing over the different zones of the face, ie T-zone vs. cheeks. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime For Normal Skin

Miessence recommends the Balancing Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Normal Skin.

DAILY: Balancing Skin Essentials is a three pack of the Cleanser, Conditioner and Moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Balancing Cleanser (AM/PM)
Balancing Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Balancing Moisturizer (AM/PM)

TREATMENTS:
For extra moisture and anti-aging you can add in Ambrosia Essence Skin Perfector Serum (Just PM or AM/PM).

WEEKLY:
Keeping skin fresh and clear by weekly exfoliation with the Garnet Exfoliant and Rejuvenating Mask is necessary.

 

     DAILY   TREATMENT    WEEKLY
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Dry Skin Profile 

  • Generally under 35 years of age
  • An acne free adolescence
  • You have dry hair
  • Skin is tight after washing if you do not moisturize
  • Mother has dry skin
  • Complexion gets ruddy and pink in cold weather
  • Skin may be flaky in patches
  • More prone to wrinkles

 

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Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by a lack of moisture caused by inadequate production of oil by the sebaceous glands. Dry skin can also be cause by too much sun, wind, washing with harsh synthetic cleansers, washing too often, using products that contain alcohol, diet, poor water intake/dehydration, excessive steaming of the skin and some medications.

How to Best Care for Dry Skin?

More than any other skin type, dry skin is more prone to aging and wrinkles. Avoid all skincare products and cosmetics that contain alcohol, facial steam products and strongly “drawing” clay masks or excessive exfoliation. A very mild, rich, emollient based cleanser is most appropriate for dry skin. Miessence also recommends topically applied phospholipids and fatty acids from a combination of plant oils and butters to restore  proper barrier function and increase hydration and sebum production. This is accomplished with a carefully selected blend of essential oils and herbs that foster regeneration of skin cells, strengthen connective tissues, assist in water retention and raising moisture levels in the skin. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Dry Skin

Miessence recommends the Rejuvenating Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Dry Skin. These products combine high levels of lubricating, hydrating phospholipids and butters. Carefully selected organic herbs and essential oils will coax your skin into a more robust production of oil to encourage better hydration and combat premature aging with potent antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Frequent exfoliation is not recommended until the skin’s hydration levels are increased.

DAILY: Rejuvenating Essentials Pack is a three pack of the Cleanser, Conditioner and Moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!

Rejuvenating Cleanser (AM/PM)
Rejuvenating Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Rejuvenating Moisturizer (AM/PM)

TREATMENTS: For added moisture and anti-aging support you can treat with Ambrosia Essence Skin Perfector Serum (Just PM or AM/PM).

 

      DAILY    TREATMENT
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Mature Skin Profile 

  • Generally over 35 years of age
  • Skin tone is dull rather than moist
  • Tone is a bit sallow rather than pink
  • May have irregular patches of darker pigmentation
  • Deepening lines around eyes, forehead and between your eyebrows
  • Looser skin around the jawline and under the eyes
  • Despite the skin feeling dry, you may have enlarged pores on cheeks and chin

 

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Causes of Mature Skin

Natural aging process. Mature skin can be characterized by moisture lost and advanced collagen cross linking which can be illustrated in wrinkles or facial lines.

How to Best Care for Mature Skin?

Goals are regenerating, tonifying and stimulating the skin. There is a need to exfoliate regularly to remove dead, dry surface skin cells to assist in cell turnover and oxygenating skin cells. Ingredients selected for this profile are circulation boosting, revitalizing and feature anti-free radical, anti-aging properties. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Mature Skin

Miessence recommends the Rejuvenating Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Mature Skin. These products combine high levels of lubricating, hydrating phospholipids and butters. Carefully selected organic herbs and essential oils will coax your skin into a more robust production of oil to encourage better hydration and combat premature aging with potent antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Exfoliation at least once per week is highly recommended in order to stimulate skin turnover.

DAILY: Rejuvenating Essentials Pack is a three pack of the Cleanser, Conditioner and Moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Rejuvenating Cleanser (AM/PM)
Rejuvenating Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Rejuvenating Moisturizer (AM/PM)

TREATMENTS: If  you need extra moisture or would like additional anti-aging support you can add in Ambrosia Essence Skin Perfector Anti-Aging Serum (Just PM or AM/PM).

WEEKLY: Keeping skin fresh and clear by weekly exfoliation with the Garnet Exfoliant and Rejuvenating Mask is necessary.

 

     DAILY       TREATMENT    WEEKLY
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Oily Skin Profile  

  • Over 20 years of age
  • Adolescent acne was moderate to severe
  • Adult acne is at least a few outbreaks each month
  • Your hair is oily
  • Face is shiny after cleansing
  • Have on oily film on your face at the end of the day, especially on nose, forehead and chin

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Causes of Oily Skin

Characterization of oily skin is that it tends to form pimples, blackheads and clogged pores. Sebaceous glands produce too much sebum and the fatty tissue under the epidermis is very thick.

How To Best Care for Oily Skin?

Products containing alcohol must be strictly avoided, which strips the skin of all natural oils and causes the sebaceous glands to kick into over activity, resulting in more oil production. Goal will be to gently harmonize oil production of the sebaceous glands, NOT over cleansing or stripping. Exfoliation is fantastic for oily skin and should be done on a daily basis to remove dead skin, pollutants, oil and dirt in prevention of clogging your pores. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Oily Skin

Miessence recommends the Purifying Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Oily Skin. These products combine carefully selected organic herbs and essential oils to balance the production of oil, purify the skin and cleanse thoroughly. Exfoliation at least once per week is highly recommended in order to stimulate skin turnover and prevent clogged pores.

DAILY: Purifying Skin Essentials is a three pack of the cleanser, conditioner and moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Purifying Cleanser (AM/PM)
Purifying Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Purifying Moisturizer (AM/PM)

Kill bad bacteria, prevent further breakouts and lighten the complexion with the Probiotic Skin Brightener – great for use after the Cleanser, or on its own to remove oil during the day.

Remove the top layer of dead skin cells and reveal new, glowing skin. Use Garnet Exfoliant daily after cleansing. 

Draw deep with the Purifying Mask specifically formulated for oily/problem skin. Use daily after cleansing and exfoliating. Then as oil production slows, taper use to every few days, then weekly.

 

         DAILY
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Acne Prone & Blemished Skin Profile 

  • Oily skin is the profile, but with an acne condition
  • Under the age of 30
  • Moderate to severe acne
  • Cystic acne, pimples and mild to severe blackheads
  • Tend to be under emotional stress

 

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Causes of Acne

Acne prone skin is characterized constant or reoccurring pimples and blackheads. Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use can cause facial acne. Blemished skin can also be caused by hormonal changes or the result of a body that is not detoxifying well and is burdened with toxins erupting through the skin.

How to Best Care for Acne Prone & Blemished Skin?

In Chinese medicine skin problems are tied with poor health of the bowel. Paying special attention to good bacteria balance (theraputic grade probiotics), detoxification and nutrition. Eliminating caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water. After toxins are eliminated and the internal system is rebalancing, then we can look at topical treatments for the skin. Strictly avoid any products containing alcohol, as that will overstrip the skin and cause an overproduction of oil. Acne prone skin will need to be cleansed at least twice daily, with exfoliation and masks daily as well, at least in the beginning of treatment. This will remove dead, dry skin cells, dirt, oil and will stimulate the skin and prevent clogged pores.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Acne Prone & Blemished Skin

Are you ready to treat your acne internally and externally with the most comprehensive organic regime on the market? In addition to a theraputic grade probiotic, spot treatments and good bacteria topically, Miessence recommends the Purifying Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Acne Prone & Blemished Skin. These products combine a carefully selected range of toning, refining, calming, purifying, astringent, cold pressed plant oils, organic herbal extracts and organic essential oils to balance the pH mantle of the skin, slow the production of oil from the sebaceous glands, calm inflammation, while adequately hydrating and protecting skin, while eliminating harmful bacteria internally and externally.

DAILY: Purifying Skin Essentials is a three pack of the cleanser, conditioner and moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Purifying Cleanser (AM/PM)
Purifying Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Purifying Moisturizer (AM/PM)

Kill bad bacteria, prevent further breakouts and lighten the complexion with the Probiotic Skin Brightener – great for use after the Cleanser, or on its own to remove oil during the day.

Remove the top layer of dead skin cells and reveal new, glowing skin. Use Garnet Exfoliant daily after cleansing. 

Draw deep with the Purifying Mask specifically formulated for oily/problem skin. Use daily after cleansing and exfoliating. Then as oil production slows, taper use to every few days, then weekly.

Balancing good bacteria internally will be critical to healing the skin. Also benefit from daily gentle internal cleansing & detox, plus the amazing nutrients of 26 fermented superfoods with InLiven Fermented Superfood Probiotic (1 teaspoon, 3x a day)

TREATMENTS: Intensely spot treat breakouts and speed healing with the Purifying Blemish Gel (AM/PM).

 

   DAILY TREATMENTS
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Sensitive Skin Profile 

  • Reacts to most conventional cosmetics
  • Skin tends to be itchy and becomes red easily
  • Reacts more strongly than any other skin type to small changes in weather, diet and hormonal changes
  • Visible capillaries
  • Adversely reacts to stress and nervous agitation

 

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Causes of Sensitive Skin

Food allergies, nervous stress, Vitamin C deficiency, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, spicy food, high wind, high heat, alcohol, medications all can cause sensitive skin reactions.

How to Best Care for Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin care should follow these principles; not too hot, not too prolonged, not too oily, not too strong and not too frequent. Very mild, fatty based cleansers should be used. Small quantities of soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory essential oils and herbs. Infrequent and gentle exfoliation, don’t overdo. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Sensitive Skin

Miessence recommends the Soothing Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Sensitive Skin. These products combine a carefully selected range of cold pressed plant oils, butters and phospholipids to soothe, calm, decongest and strengthen. The formulation is intended to soothe and calm redness, reduce inflammation, stimulate the lymphatic flow and circulation and to maintain adequate skin protection and hydration. Spot treating redness will also assist in calming the skin.

DAILY: Soothing Skin Essentials Pack is a three pack of the Cleanser, Conditioner and Moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Soothing Cleanser (AM/PM)
Soothing Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Soothing Moisturizer (AM/PM)

TREATMENTS: Apply Soothing Couperose Gel to strengthen and soothe sensitive skin and help reduce a red appearance. ( AM/PM).

WEEKLY: Encouraging skin turnover via exfoliation with the Garnet Exfoliant and Rejuvenating Mask is necessary.

 

       DAILY  TREATMENT      WEEKLY
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Rosacea Skin Profile 

  • Sensitive skin is the underlying skin type, but with a rosacea condition
  • Ruddy, flushed, highly sensitized skin
  • Left untreated can become lumpy or raised

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How to Best Care for Rosacea?

In addition to the Sensitive Skincare regime above, more regular facial exfoliation is necessary stimulate lymph flow and circulation to remove hardened waste. Diet is a main contributing factors to the appearance of skin for ALL skin types. Make sure you are eating a diet heavy in raw, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats (butters, coconut oils, avocado, nuts and seeds) and that you are drinking lots of water.

Recommended Organic Product Regime for Rosacea

Miessence recommends the Soothing Skin Essentials Pack as the ideal regime for Sensitive Skin with a Rosacea condition. These products combine a carefully selected range of nourishing and emollient, cold pressed plant oils, butters and phospholipids. Soothing, calming, decongesting and strengthening essential oils and organic herbs. The formulation is intended to soothe and calm redness, reduce inflammation, stimulate the lymphatic flow and circulation and to maintain adequate skin protection and hydration.

DAILY: Soothing Skin Essentials Pack is a three pack of the Cleanser, Conditioner and Moisturizer, save by buying as a bundle!
Soothing Cleanser (AM/PM)
Soothing Plumping Skin Conditioner (AM/PM)
Soothing Moisturizer (AM/PM)

TREATMENTS: Apply Soothing Couperose Gel to spot treat rosacea redeness. (AM/PM).

WEEKLY: Stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow with the Garnet Exfoliant and Rejuvenating Mask is necessary.

 

      DAILY  TREATMENT     2-3x PER WEEK
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Contributing Factors To Periods of Change & Irritation in any Skin Type 

Don’t forget that life changes and there will be other contributing factors to the health and appearance of your skin. Listen to your body and make improvements accordingly. Be sure to adjust your skincare regime or add in appropriate treatments, even if temporarily, if your skin type changes due to any of the following:

  • Inadequate Diet
  • Illness
  • Water intake
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes

 

If you are interested in seeing all the skin type formulations and their highlighted ingredients, checkout the Miessence Skin Profiles PDF.

 

Comments

1 Comment

Suzanne Buffie - March 23, 2015 6:28 pm

Great informative post Alison! I have been using the miessence range for 10 years now and couldn’t be happier!

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