A healthy complexion is the foundation for any face beat, here’s what you need to know to get your best glow – naturally.

The largest organ of the body has a few factors playing into its overall health. Things like what you put into and on top of your body will have a significant role in the state of your skin. Before I launched Taila.Made I made sure to get certified with a diploma of Natural Skincare formulation. During the program, I developed a comprehensive knowledge of skin and herbal ingredients used to treat different types and conditions.

While completing the course I realized the power of awareness and action in skincare. Those living with frustrations such as acne, eczema or psoriasis need to take additional steps to ensure their complexion stays calm and clear as possible. A handful of steps and products formulated for your needs can change your life. Let’s begin.

SKIN

The body’s first line of defense from extenal elements like weather and pollution is t he integumentary system. Comprised of our hair skin & nails it is made up of three layers; epidermis, dermis and the subcutaneous. The three work together to protect, provide flexibility and insulate our skin.

There are four general classifications for skin; normal, dry, oily and sensitive. Personally, the only people I know with a normal skin type are babies. All of the other radiant complexions I come across share a mutual understanding of what their skin needs to stay balanced and bright. Knowledge is always a great starting point because once you can identify the type you were blessed with you can get started learning how to best care for it – naturally of course.

There are natural soaps, soaks, and serums for everyone but you need to know your skin’s characteristics before you buy. If your acne prone using a heavy Cocoa butter, you’re probably going to be overly oily, same goes for dry skin using a lotion fit for normal types.

TYPES

Normal- Characterized by a balance of smaller pores, moisture & an even tone throughout the face & body.  Literally, picture a babies skin – it’s perfect skin soft, supple, and smells new. If your an adult living with babylike skin – keep living your best life. If not, welcome to the club.

Oily/combination- Your biggest indicator will be a shiny appearance over your skin, it can be very apparent on the forehead, nose & chin. Caused by an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands, this skin type has an overabundance of oils that give a greasy appearance. You want to use dry oils, that will hydrate without leaving any residue on the skin -jojoba oil is a great option. A natural toner and occasional steam bath are going to be great daily & weekly rituals for you.

Dry– This skin type is left less lubricated and exposed to external factors because it does not produce enough sebum. Sun exposure, detergents, lifestyle factors, and extreme weather conditions all play a role in just how dry your skin will get. Incorporating thick nourishing oils and raw cosmetic butter will bring you so much relief! Hydration is your skin’s magic word, so increase your water intake, consume a conscious diet and commit to a plant-based personal care plan.

Sensitive – If you fall into this category your skin has a for the most part youthful appearance that is easily agitated by environmental conditions, fabrics, detergents, and diet – pretty much everything. You may bruise easily itch a lot and have to be very intentional in what goes on your skin. All of your products should be chemical free, gentle and moisturizing so your skin is able to create and maintain its own protective barrier. Nourishing oils that are light but rich in vitamins, and fatty acids, when paired with a healthy diet and wellness plan, is a for sure way to keep your skin healthy.

Furthermore, once you have identified your overall skin type, you need to take into consideration any additional frustrations you may be dealing with. Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne are all manageable when you are equipped with the necessary knowledge to keep your skin calm.

FRUSTRATIONS

Eczema – This irritating and itchy condition has a tendency to get inflamed. The skin goes from normal condition to irritated and inflamed as a result of stress, environmental conditions, chemicals, detergents and diets. The skin is typically dry and sensitive and once agitated evolves into an inflamed stinging, bleeding mess – that you can’t help but want to scratch. It sounds crazy that you would want to itch at an open wound. Trust me when I say the only thing an eczema endurer thinks about during a flareup is scratching, oh and making the pain stop. Earth inspired remedies include thick butters and rich oils that help to heal the skin’s barrier & improve function. Your skin therapy plan includes products that have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hydrating and emollient properties.

Psoriasis- Very similar to eczema, this condition also is characterized by red inflamed patches. The irritated areas are a result of the skill regeneration system being on overdrive and producing skin cells faster than normal. Psoriasis can be a effect of a inner deficiency, stress, an unbalanced diet or illness. A wellness plan and conscious diet are a great start. Combined with a collection of products geared toward hydrating and repairing your skins barrier functions.

Acne – Red bumps, inflammation and scarring are all results of the over production and secretion of sebum onto the top layer of skin, otherwise known as acne. Your pores are being blocked and bacteria is creeping in to infect and aggravate your surface level of skin, causing the cluster of whiteheads we most often associate with the condition.

Aging– For my aging wise Royals, your skin is at a phase where fine lines and wrinkles may begin to appear around your eye and mouth area when your face is relaxed. The skin begins to thin, gets drier and shadows may appear around the eyes. The skin process slows with increased age and your focus becomes boosting skin cell regeneration. Humectants, a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture, are your best friends & can be found in honey, aloe and glycerin.

I’ve lived with eczema my whole life, during childhood it was all over my legs – I never wore shorts, I never felt cute, I always itched. In high school, my symptoms were less intense and during college, I forgot I was an eczema endurer. My last year of school, eczema patches began to appear on my hands and then the flare-ups began. I never had patches anywhere but my legs & arms in childhood – but here it came full force for my early 20s. My hands were open wounds, illustrated by cracked palms, constant stinging and lots of tears. During this time I made a switch from commercial skincare to all natural everything and began making my own soaps – which combined with raw butter healed my hands completely.

EARTH INSPIRED CARE

Natural beauty begins with intention, education and plant-based products. Earth derived ingredients such as oils, butters and clays nourish the skin on the outside while fruits and veggies fuel our radiance internally. We come from and return to the Earth – it has everything we need to sustain us. Incorporating the necessary fats and oils into your skincare regimen in the correct amounts will help to heal and renew a handful of skin frustrations we deal with on a daily basis.

A few staples to have on hand are included on th below list.

  • Epsom Salt
  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Essential oils of Lavender, Eucalyptus & Lemongrass
  • Aloe juice or plant
  • Roses or Rosewater
  • Brown sugar
  • Carrier Oils like Sweet Almond or Olive
  • Shea Butter
  • Natural Clay like Bentonite or white Kaolin

The above ingredients can be used for bathingbody scrubs,  facial toners, massage oils or body butter. 

Get creative & have fun the best part of natural beauty is experimenting! Here’s some general guidance to get you starte. Carrier & essential oils attract moisture, improve skin cell regeneration, kill bacteria and improve the natural barrier which speeds up healing while preventing infection.

Clay masks work as a magnet to pull dirt and shrink pores leaving your skin refreshed. Oils hydrate the skin and can range in absorbency which makes them ideal for everyone. For my dry skins – raw butter will be your bae, it will hydrate your skin deeper than any lotion ever can. Sugar scrubs are a great exfoliator, use them to buff away dead skin and reveal the beauty beneath.Finally, bathing is a supreme form of healing for colds, sore muscles and anxiety.

You want a skincare regimen that supports your needs and can help you to reach your goals. When Taila.Made was created in 2012, I was going through the serve eczema flare up I mentioned earlier. At that time, I had no idea my stress levels, fabric choice, poor diet and use of commercial skincare were additional irritants to the situation. When I learned better, I acted on it – now you can too.

T.M Skincare Simplified

There are a myriad of natural goods to pamper yourself with, from herbal soaps to sugar scrubs. All skin types benefit from nontoxic products so join the tribe! Herbal soaps are a great place to start a plant based personal care journey.Learn more about them here or start your Taila.Made collection with a visit to the shop.

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