Understanding Your Skin + Building a Routine
BLK + GRN is all about education. So before we jump into products, we need to get on the same page.
Why natural skin care?
Up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up being absorbed in the body. When products are made from harmful artificial ingredients, these place an unnecessary burden on the body's detoxification processes and on the entire immune system, including the skin.
How do you transition?
When you move from traditional products to natural and organic skin care, your skin will need to process any remaining chemicals remaining from your old skincare. Keep in mind, you'll need to allow enough time for the new products to penetrate and show results. The good news is that skin regenerates itself every 28 days.
What factors impact skin?
Genetics, stress, water intake, your diet, environment, skincare regimen or lack of, misuse of products, medication and hormones. Check out our blog on tips to help transform your skin from the inside out.
Five Skin Types
Smooth skin but oily around forehead, nose and chin. Large pores and blackheads on or around nose. Needs balance, deep cleansing and regular exfoliation.
Flaky, dry or red patches. May lack luster with small pores. Hydration and protection helps combat dehydration.
Neither oily or dry. Blemish-free, even skin texture and pores barely visible. Prevention and consistency is key for this skin type.
Prone to rashes, redness and irritation. May feel itchy or burning when using wrong products. Soothing and calming ingredients are the focus.
Puffiness, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, redness, reduction of elasticity and wrinkles. Intense moisture, antioxidants and commitment is key.
Now lets' set up your skin care routine
Step 1. CLEANSE + PURIFY
The first step in a skin care regimen should be used twice a day to dissolve makeup and dirt from pores.
Step 2. TONE + BALANCE
Toners are used after cleansing to restore skins natural pH, remove residue and hydrate skin. Typically applied using a cotton pad directly onto the skin.
Step 3. HYDRATE + TREAT
Moisturizers are formulated to hydrate skin and applied twice a day after cleansing. Moisturizers protect skin from the elements and provide skin with nutrients, ceramides that treat dryness, aging and more. Serums contain concentrated ingredients formulated to penetrate skin with vitamins and lipids like peptides, CoQ10, antioxidants, vitamins and collagen stimulating amino acids. Serums work to heal, moisturize and condition skin.
Step 4. DETOX + EXFOLIATE
Exfoliates are used to remove dead skin cells, deep cleanse pores, increase blood flow, unclog pores to draw out impurities, brighten complexion, tone, rejuvenate skin and clear up blemishes. A great mask can make skin look and feel amazing. We recommend that you use a mask weekly, we think of it as an act of self-love.
Step 5. PROTECT
Daily sunscreen not important but imperative, as 80% of premature aging is caused by the sun.. Sunscreen protects skin fro UVB and UVA rays. Use a sunscreen with full or broad-spectrum to filter rays.
Step 6. NOURISH
What you eat has a large impact on your skin. Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, that may provide glow and luster to the skin. It is also suggested that turmeric can help with eczema, alopecia, lichen planus, and other skin issues.