The skin is our largest organ and taking care of it is important. The skin ages in two ways- environmental factors and biological aging. A comprehensive skin care routine will address both factors.
The American Academy of Dermatology tells us the slowing down of elastin and collagen production between 20 and 80 years of age with a decrease of 65%. Thickness of the skin decreases by 6% every 10 years.
Intrinsic aging, which are hereditary factors, account for 10% of the visible signs of aging. Darker and thicker skin types typically show less aging signs. Actinic (external factors) can be caused from smoking, excessive alcohol, improper diet, and sun exposure. These external factors can be from free radicals which bring about visible pre-mature changes to the skin.
Skin appearance is closely related to hydration of the skin as evidenced by color, pore size, skin tone, aging signs and texture of the skin. Having a proper skin care routine are the first steps to hydration, exfoliation and protection, for slowing the appearance of aging skin.
Understanding your skin type and using a skin care routine customized for your skin type is key to beautiful healthy looking and youthful appearing skin.
Let's talk about skin types...
Normal: Firm, fine pores, smooth texture, rosy color, equal balance
Oily: Large pores, easily developing blemishes, maintains its youthful appearance well.
Dry: Scaly, lacking natural oils, dull, sensitive- especially in harsh weather.
Combination: Oily T-Zone (forehead, chin, nose), dry cheeks.
Mature: Loses its elasticity, prone to wrinkles and damage, needs hydration and nourishment.
While the products you use may change based on your skin type, however your skin care routine doesn't. These six steps are important to follow daily to help maintain healthy looking skin, regardless of your skin type.
1. Cleansing: Cleansing two times daily with lukewarm water and finish with cool water. It's important to remove dirt creating a clean canvas for the rest of your routine.
2. Exfoliating: Removes dead skin cells to reveal younger cells and give the skin a smooth and youthful appearance. Always do this after cleansing and ONLY 2 times a week.
3. Toning: Cleansing and exfoliating disturbs the pH of the skin. Use a toner after cleansing to balance the pH. This helps to minimize the appearance of pores and give a toned and plump look.
4. Restoring: Restoring the skin is a critical part in helping the skin retain moisture and it helps increase the appearance of skin radiance.
5. Moisturizing: Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and provides a barrier to protect the skin.
6. Refine and Pamper: Do this once or twice a week. Use a mask to lock in moisture and radiance.
Many Young Living products can be used for different skin types. Pay attention to the qualities of individual products to determine if they are ones you want to incorporate into your routine.
ART Gentle Cleanser: A foaming cleanser that works well for all skin types. This combines Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lemon, Melissa, and Lavender essential oils for soothing, cooling, relaxing combination on your skin. It also removes dirt, oil, make-up and impurities, and supports the skin's natural pH.
Orange Blossom Facial Wash: The Orange Blossom Facial Wash does contain MSM, a sulfur component, which is drying and therefore makes this product line great for oily skin. The wolfberry seeds promote hydration, the Calendula extract conditions the skin, and the St John’s extract helps with minor skin imperfections. The Orange blossom extract acts as a skin emollient.
Charcoal Bar Soap: The Charcoal Bar Soap is good for combination, oily, or acne-prone skin because it pulls out dirt and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. This helps maintain a clear, healthy-looking complexion. Use this on your face or your entire body!
Satin Facial Scrub, Mint: This smells AMAZING! It contains Peppermint essential oil along with jojoba oil, mango butter, MSM, and aloe. Works to remove layers of dead skin cells, draw impurities from the skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and give a fresh, rejuvenated look.
Poppy Seed Lip Scrub: How many of you actually exfoliate your lips?? Yeah . . . I didn’t think so! =) Honestly, this isn’t something I think about much either. Thankfully, Young Living didn’t forget about giving our lips the TLC they deserve!
Made with four different types of butters - cocoa, mango, avocado, and shea - your lips have no choice but to be left feeling smooth and soft. Massage it in a circular motion, and the poppy seeds and moisturizing formula will gently exfoliate and cleanse to help remove dry skin, creating a flawless finish for your Savvy lipstick or gloss.
ART Refreshing Toner: I love how good it smells and that it does not dry out my skin at all like other toners I have used.
This product combines Peppermint, Frankincense, Lavender, Melissa, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Lemon essential oils with Aloe Vera, Orchis Mascula Flower extract, Witch Hazel, Green Tea extract and more to balance your skin’s pH.
It will make your pores appear smaller and create the appearance of toned skin!
ART Renewal Serum: More Orchids! In ancient times, orchids were highly valued. Their extract can help keep the skin’s moisture. This serum helps to increase the appearance of skin radiance. The Angelica root gives you a youthful appearance. The Crocus sativus is a great skin conditioner. All the other premium ingredients are formulated to deeply nourish, hydrate, and help maintain a youthful appearance.
Orange Blossom Moisturizer: Moisturizers aren’t just for dry skin. The Orange Blossom Moisturizer helps skin maintain optimal moisture balance, controls excess oil and shine, and preps your face for makeup with its natural-looking matte finish, making it perfect for those with oily skin.
ART Light Moisturizer: ART Light Moisturizer is suitable for all skin types because it works with your skin to retain and maintain proper hydration, which is something we all need. When our cells are properly hydrated, they can better replace themselves which keeps us looking younger longer.
ART Intensive Moisturizer: This is perfect for dry or mature skin. It has the combined benefits of the Sandalwood and Boswellia creams. Pracaxi seed oil and blue bird hibiscus leaf extract even skin tone and promote hydration. Stem cells from Apple Fruit extracts and Hibiscus plants help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help the skin feel smoother and more pliable. It contains Hyaluronic acid from fermentation of bacteria, providing a tremendous amount of hydration to your skin.
Sandalwood Moisture Cream: Another powerhouse moisturizer that promotes younger, healthier skin! This cream contains wolfberry seed oil, Myrrh, Lavender, Sandalwood, and Rosemary, in addition to MSM which softens the skin and promotes elasticity. The wolfberry has so many amazing benefits for our entire body, but when it comes to our skin, the high level of antioxidants combines with different vitamins and minerals to help reduce acne, promote collagen production and even out skin tone.
Boswellia Wrinkle Cream: Boswellia Wrinkle Cream also contains wolfberry seed oil along with the essential oils of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium. These all work together to build collagen, relax facial tension, reduce the effects of sun damage, minimize shine, and minimize and prevent wrinkles.
REFINE & PAMPERING
The ART Creme Masque: Formulated to deeply moisturize skin using an exclusive blend of hyaluronic acid and pure essential oils.
ART Beauty Mask: This mask was designed with all skin types in mind. Its formula of essential oils and exotic orchid petals is the perfect combination to provide radiant, soft, and hydrated skin.
Sheerlume: Tested in Europe, after only 56 days, it was found to significantly improve the appearance of complexion lightness and intensity of dark spots. It contains ingredients like Kakadu Plum as a natural vitamin C, Licorice root extract for a balancing effect, and Madonna Lily for a brightening effect.
It takes less than TWO months to have a more even and brighter tone to your skin.
Wolfberry Eye Cream: Are you getting an idea yet of how beneficial the wolfberry is for our skin?? Use this eye cream morning and night to help soothe tired eyes and minimize the appearance of fine lines, circles and bags. This is a natural, water-based moisturizer that also contains the essential oils of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Geranium.
Skin Care Routines
We talked about the skin care products available from Young Living. Let's match them up with daily skin care routines based on skin types.
GOAL: Maintain and balance
The ART line is designed for many skin types and can be a great option for normal skin. You can get the entire system, which includes the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer in a bundled package.
Helpful Essential Oils
GOAL: To clean and close pores
The Orange Blossom line is perfect for oily skin. It is mild, making it very gentle for sensitive skin.
You have the option to use the Charcoal Bar soap in addition to or alternating with the Orange Blossom Facial Wash.
Follow with the vegan-friendly Orange Blossom Moisturizer or the ART Light Moisturizer to help skin feel soft. Apply in a gentle circular upward motion.
Helpful Essential Oils
GOAL: Cool and Hydrate
The Essential Beauty Serum is something we haven’t mentioned yet, but this is a perfect addition for those with dry skin. The oils in this blend are known for their ability to restore the skin’s natural moisture balance.
Include with this the Art Intensive Moisturizer to provide lasting hydration and the ART Beauty Mask as needed.
Helpful Essential Oils
GOAL: To Clean and Hydrate
Exfoliate with Satin Facial Scrub, Mint and moisturize and renew with the ART Light Moisturizer and Renewal Serum.
Helpful Essential Oils
GOAL: Hydrate, Nourish, Tone
While you can use either the Orange Blossom or the ART line based on your skin, it is important to incorporate Sheerlume to your daily routine.
The Sandalwood Moisture Cream and Boswellia Wrinkle Cream are perfect choices for added hydration.
Helpful Essential Oils
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