*This content was originally found on the Elodie Beauty blog and is shared with permission.*
We’re so very excited to share this week’s blog post with you, featuring Holistic Skin Care Therapist Seanna Cohen. Below you will find Seanna’s 3 Healthy Skin Tests which you can complete at home in a matter of minutes.
Seanna will be paying us a visit at ShopEco on Saturday, May 6th for “How to Go Makeup-Free: Tips and Tricks to Feel Confident Bare-Faced” to share more of her healthy skin secrets – she’ll be dishing out some tips and tricks on getting skin so healthy you can go makeup-free with confidence! Click here to register for this FREE ShopEco beauty event. Attendees will also have the opportunity for priority registration in the upcoming Elodie Beauty 10-Day Challenge, created exclusively for ShopEco customers.
How Healthy Is Your Skin?
by Seanna Cohen
There’s no such thing as “flawless skin” outside of photoshop and Instagram filters. It’s an impossible goal we create for ourselves which has us constantly grabbing for the newest cream or cosmetic procedure.
Instead of striving for flawless skin, you should strive for “healthy skin”.
What is healthy skin? Just like the body, when skin is healthy it’s properly nourished and hydrated. It actually glows because blood is circulating properly, it’s smooth to touch because the natural barrier is intact, and it’s dewy because oils are in a perfect state of equilibrium.
So, how do you know if you have healthy skin?
Healthy Skin Test #1: Moisture Check
I have three simple tests that you can try to see where your skin’s health rates. The first test is a moisture check. Click the image below to take the test!
Have you ever complained about having oily skin? How about an oily T-zone while your cheeks are dry and flaky? Maybe you just have an oily forehead and chin?
Here’s the deal: we need oil on our skin.
Oil is the skin’s last line of defence. It protects the skin from the heat and the cold (keeping moisture locked in!). It protects our skin from bacteria and pollution, AND oil also helps keep wrinkles at bay!
The amount of oil your pores naturally secrete differs from person to person.
How you choose to control your body’s natural oil secretions can further affect how much it produces.
Click the image below to watch the video and take the test to see how balanced your oils are and what you can do to fix it!
Note: In the video, I didn’t clearly explain why you use oil to balance oil. This is mostly in the case where your skin is either not producing enough oil (so it needs extra help protecting itself), or it’s been stripped of it’s natural oils. This leaves the skin unprotected, susceptible to dehydration (see the first video) and producing too much oil. In cases like this, often the cheeks (which are naturally less oily) are dry and flaky, while the T-zone is excessively oily. By avoiding harsh and over-drying products, and by applying an oil after your moisturizer, it will signal to your body that the skin now has enough oil so it does not need to over compensate and produce more.
Healthy Skin Test #3: Smooth Skin
The texture of your skin can say a lot about its current state of health. If your skin feels rough, it may be severely dehydrated. If it feels bumpy, it may be congested and the pores need to be cleared.
HOW TO GET SMOOTH SKIN
Watch this video to take the 3rd healthy skin test and see what you can do to improve the texture of your skin. By combining all of the tips I’ve outlined over the course of this video series, you can significantly boost your skin’s texture and appearance . . . and ultimately its overall health.
In this video I mention this link to learn more about lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Click the image below to take the test!