Do You Really Have Oily Skin? (or just think you do...)

Before I started working for a spa, I had absolutely no idea what was the actual composition of my skin. I thought I had greasy, oily, sensitive skin - and it turns out, I have the exact opposite! After consulting with my gal pal (who also happens to be the aesthetician at the spa) she laughed, LAUGHED, at me when I said I had oily skin. I obviously went on the defense, and explained how I would get dewy and greasy by midday. She did a ultra-hydrating facial peel on my face. I love the spa I work for because the facials and peels are skin correcting, not just your typical rub and extract type deal. If you're local check it out, The Body Wrap Shoppe & Spa. Yes, we also do body wraps - that aren't your typical "quick fix" that is promoted ALL OVER social media.... 

ANYHOW - I was basically completely wrong by self-diagnosing and I probably did more damage to myself by not going to see a skincare professional to determine my skin type and the products I need. The vitamin C peel she did on my face did absolute wonders, and from there on out I got the corresponding products for hydration. I use a vitamin C facial cleanser in the morning followed by a moisturizer with SPF 30. At night I wash my face with the same vitamin C cleanser, which also acts as a mild exfoliant, so my makeup comes off at the same time! I follow up with a vitamin C serum with stem cells for anti-aging. If you didn't catch on by now.... vitamin C is an awesome hydrant that won't make you break out and makes your skin glow. It also helps reduce redness and inflammation in the skin, rosacea as well!

How to tell (the basics)...

Now I don't promote self-diagnosing - at all - see a professional, BUT if you absolutely need to know you can look for a few things. After you cleanse your face, put on your moisturizer (or beauty oil, another blog post coming soon on this) and see how fast it absorbs. With the weather changing into a wintery dryness, I notice my beauty oil, serums, and moisturizer will absorb almost immediately after applying. That's how I know my skin is dry. Don't overuse product when you notice this, as you will just clog your pores. The key is to notice, be consistent with cleansing and moisturizing, and maybe get a facial or hydrating peel to add extra, needed moisture.

A Little Primp Advice... not see a dermatologist to correct your skin, whether you have acne, sunspots, pigmentation, or sensitivity. See an aesthetician, a good one, at a spa or salon. The reason I say this is because, from experience, I've seen several different dermatologists about my acne in my teenage years and they made my skin worse. They would prescribe me acne creams and ointments that actually ended up drying my skin out even more, causing more breakouts. When I saw ONE aesthetician in my life, my skin became supple, healthy, and glowing. My acne scarring on my forehead even went away! 

The difference between a dermatologist and an aesthetician? A dermatologist is a doctor that will examine the skin (excellent if you need to check on a beauty mark to make sure it isn't cancer) but when it comes to skin correcting, they just don't take the time touching the skin as an aesthetician would, therefore they won't know if you're dry or oily, or a combination skin.