Skincare Tips

The Skin Types

The four typical category—combination, oily, normal, or dry/sensitive. You’re not alone. Most women misdiagnose themselves and, as a result, wind up using the wrong care regimen and products. Caring for the wrong skin type can aggravate skin, lead to acne, or even make your skin look older than it really is.

1. Normal

Your skin is smooth and radiant because it reflects light evenly. Your complexion is balanced (not too oily or too dry), and you rarely have breakouts. You don’t notice any changes in your skin throughout the day and can try many kinds of products without having a reaction.

2. Combination

Your forehead, nose, and chin are oily and tend to break out, while your temples, eye area, and cheeks are really dry. You also fall into the combination category if your skin changes according to the climate or season—sometimes it’s completely oily, other times it’s sandpaper dry.

3. Oily

Your face feels and looks moist and shiny (especially at midday, when oil is at its peak). You tend to have clogged pores, and your skin is prone to both noninflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne (pimples and cystic zits), which pop up all over.

4. Dry/Sensitive

You flush easily or have red patches or eczema (a dry, rashlike condition). Your skin often feels rough, tight, or dry in the afternoon or evening—even two hours after applying moisturizer. Skin products, sunblocks, and cosmetics sometimes sting or cause redness.

 

Why Is Natural Better

1. Absence Of Harsh Chemicals Means Less Irritation For Your Skin

Many cosmetics products that claim to fix skin issues often contain so many chemical additives that they can actually irritate your skin, exacerbating existing skin issues, or even creating new ones. Because natural cosmetics are plant-based, they work with your body, and contain many essential vitamins and oils found in the plants themselves, such as vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and is vital for your body to maintain healthy skin and hair.

2. Natural Cosmetics Are Eco-friendly And Cruelty-free

Synthetically-based cosmetics often use compounds such as petroleum and aluminum. Because our natural cosmetics use plant-based alternatives to these ingredients, switching from synthetic to natural can help save sensitive ecosystems. Additionally, the lack of synthetic components reduces the amount of pollution generated from the manufacture of cosmetics products. At Riovea we pride ourselves in both the quality and ethicality of our work, and as such we never test on animals. In fact none of the ingredients that go into making our products are tested on or derived from animal sources. It’s just one more way that Riovea and the entire natural cosmetics industry works toward improving the quality of all life, not just those of our customers.

3. Natural Cosmetics Can Contribute To Your Overall Health

The ingredients in many skincare products are under-regulated, and as such many synthetic-based cosmetics contain components that can be damaging to your health, such as aluminum (which recent studies have shown may be linked to cancer) and parabens, a group of common preservatives that can alter your body’s natural balance of hormones. Natural cosmetics lack these harmful ingredients, and as such can contribute to not only the overall look of your skin, but to your health as well.

 

Good Practice In Skincare

The skin is our body's largest surface organ and acts as an essential, natural protective screen that keeps our body safe 24/7 from potential threats from the sunlight, wind, pollutants and germs.

Good practice and habits are essential in caring and keeping your skin healthy and radiant all year long.

1. Avoid the Sun

Too much sun exposure damages the skin. Symptoms of sun-damaged skin include dry skin (dry, flaky, wrinkle, itching), sunburn (pain, redness, blisters), actinic keratosis (small bumps, scaly or peeling skin). Long-term sun exposure may change the skin's collagen. It is recommended to protect your skin every day. Wear sun protective clothing (long sleeves and pants). Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect you from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that damage the skin and accelerate skin ageing.

2. Know Your Skin Type

In order to take best care of your skin, it is important to first know your skin type. Do you have normal, dry/sensitive, oily, or combination skin type? Next, make sure to choose appropriate products that are specially designed for your skin type.

3. Use Hypoallergenic Products

To avoid the risk of skin allergies, it is recommended to use hypoallergenic or clinically tested skincare products. To test for any potential problems, apply any new product on the inside of your forearm for a few days to see if you get symptoms.

4. Keep Your Skin Moisturized

The human skin contains 60-70% water. A moisturizing care product can help maintain skin's balance. If skin becomes too dry or too oily, skin problems such as acne may start to pop up. To keep the skin well moisturized, it is recommended to use a moisturizing product daily to balance the level of water within the skin. Alternatively use of a moisturizing mask regularly can achieve the same results.

5. Regular Exfoliation

As we grow older, the natural exfoliation process in the skin slows down. Old and dead skin cells start to build up on the surface of the skin. The skin may look dull, rough and dry, which can lead to clogged pores, blemishes and acne. Exfoliation is a process for removing dead skin cells from the skin surface, thus revealing the healthy skin underneath. Use of a suitable exfoliation treatment regularly helps maintain a healthy and radiant skin.

6. Respect Your Skin

Some areas of your face such as the eye contour, lips, etc, have particularly fine, fragile skin. They need special attention and specific care.

Use a gentle cleanser especially for sensitive skins. In order not to stress your skin and to maintain a natural balance, make sure to use a gentle, pH-neutral product that is specially formulated to cleanse your epidermis.

Avoid pollution, smoke and stress. All these can harm your skin. Make sure to use appropriate skincare products daily to protect your skin before leaving the house, and cleanse your skin thoroughly when you come home in the evening.