It’s the largest organ of our body. And it’s an amazing one.
It acts as a canvas that allows us to express our innermost desire to the world through expressions or makeup. It also acts like a coat of fondant protecting the delicious cake inside.
The Power of Skin
Our skin does so much for us. Some ways that our skin do so much for us:
- Protecting us from environmental harm, including germs
- Maintaining a steady body temperature through the evaporation of water
- Speaking of sweat, it also excretes salt, water, and toxins
- Converts ultraviolet rays into Vitamin D3
- Secretes sebum (natural oil) to heal dryness
Our skin replaces itself every 28 days, give or take. So literally, every month you have a new body.
The best part is that our skin also tries to communicate with us. When something is off, it will tell us through pimples, boils, acne, abnormal behavior, or more. If all is well, it simply radiates.
We can share gratitude with our skin by taking the time to learn more about it.
It can get confusing with products out there designed for oily, dry, combination, aging, and many other kinds of skin.
I remember growing up in high school struggling with really, really oily skin. I kid you not. If you look at a picture of me in high school, you’ll see my face reflected (literally) an Exxon oil spill.
I struggled with this for years until someone shared this interesting idea. I did it and I found out that I actually had dry skin.
I had to laugh. My poor skin! I thought that it was the ‘oily type’ for years when it really was the dry type. I was stripping the oil away with more and more powerful astringents while my skin was trying to make up for it. Hence why my face was outrageously slick.
Oh my, dear. I hope this saves you the years I’ve surrendered to oily skin. Ever since I discovered that my skin is actually dry, I’ve seen my complexion clear up and natural glow return. I have not had a slick face for quite a while.
Finding Your Skin Type
So without further ado, this is how you find out what your real skin type is.
Go for three days with nothing on your face.
Yes, it’s that simple. No soap, no moisturizer, no astringent, no makeup, no nothing. Just your skin and the open air.
The first day, it may work hard to adjust the sudden change. For me, my face was 2x as oily.
The second day, it starts to adjust. My skin was itchy but oily. It was weird.
By the end of the third day, I saw my skin go completely dry. It was ashy and flaky.
Then I took care of it better. Because of that, I took care of myself better.
You deserve that too.