How to Determine Your Skin Type

Honoring your skin type – its needs, responses, and signals – is the foundation of a truly transformative skincare routine. Discover how to determine your skin type and why the kind of skin you have should act as your north star for formula selection. 


Understanding the unique characteristics and nuances of your skin paves the way for personalized care, ensuring your skincare routine  harmonizes beautifully with your skin’s natural tendencies and helps you meet your skincare goals. Observe your skin’s natural characteristics and responses–what does your skin feel like to you? 


Normal Skin

If your skin feels smooth, without signs of flaking or excessive oiliness, you likely have normal skin. This type reflects a balanced state– oil production and hydration levels are in harmony.

Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight and reveals flaky areas, this is a classic indication of a dry skin type. This sensation of tightness signals a need for products that deeply hydrate and retain moisture, helping to quench your skin's thirst and restore its smooth, supple texture.

Begin with Cleansing Milk, a hydrating, gentle cleanser, followed by Bulgarian Rose Water to tone and balance the complexion. Treat the delicate area around your eyes with Awakening Eye Gel, to help keep this area moisturized, and nourish deeply with several drops of precious Quintessential Serum. In the morning, layer in protection with Intensive Repair Balm and in the evening apply Celestial Rose Crème

Twice weekly, revitalize the complexion with micro-exfoliating Epi-Peel and treat it to a full lavish restoration with Restorative Radiance Masque, revealing your optimal hydration and radiance.

This routine also supports dehydrated skin. Unlike a consistent skin type, dehydration represents a temporary skin condition that any skin type can experience. Signs of dehydration often include skin that may feel tight, a lack of plumpness, and a general sense of skin discomfort or dullness. Address dehydration by infusing the skin with moisture-binding ingredients, for example, our Bulgarian Rose Water, to help restore its luminous, well-hydrated state.

Sensitive Skin

Redness, itchiness, and discomfort, especially in response to temperature changes, environmental factors or new products, are hallmarks of sensitive skin. 

Requiring a gentle touch, sensitive skin can benefit from fragrance free formulations and soothing natural herbal remedies.

For sensitive skin, washing your face with soothing Cleansing Milk is ideal for a non-irritating cleanse. Follow with calming Roman Chamomile Tonic to gently tone and ease sensitivity. 

Address the eye area with our gentle Awakening Eye Gel and provide overall treatment with Plant Milk Serum, formulated with Mountain Arnica and White Lily to soothe and calm even the most sensitive complexions

In the morning, apply Spontaneous Recovery Crème for protective hydration, if your skin is not only sensitive but also dry, and in the evening, switch to Celestial Rose Crème for its restorative properties. 

Enhance your care routine two to three times a week with the Epi-Peel, a gentle exfoliant that helps to maintain a smooth and soothed complexion.

Combination Skin

Combination skin features an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) with enlarged pores and normal to dry skin elsewhere. The dual nature of an oily and dry skin type requires a versatile approach – targeting oil control in specific areas while nurturing others with essential hydration.

For combination skin, start with the Purifying Cleansing Gel for a balanced cleanse, followed by the Essential C Tonic to invigorate and brighten the complexion with a range of citrus remedies. 

Nourish the eye area with Awakening Eye Gel and address active blemishes with Clarifying Dermagel, our spot-treatment. Luminous Morning Crème is the best moisturizer for optimally hydrating skin in the morning, and in the evening use Celestial Rose Créme to  restore the complexion

Twice weekly, enhance your routine with Epi-Peel and Purifying Luculent Masque to encourage a more refined, radiant complexion.

Oily Skin

Characterized by a shiny appearance and a slick feel, an oily skin type has heightened oil production which can lead to frequent breakouts. 

Oily and acne prone skin benefits from oil free and non-comedogenic products to manage shine without clogging pores. 

Oily skin won’t respond well to harsh cleansers that overwork the skin and strip it entirely of oil. This only leads to heightened sebum production in an effort to counteract the loss of nourishing lipids.

For oily skin, follow the same revitalizing routine as combination skin, with one key variation: use the Luminous Morning Crème both in the morning and at night for balanced, effective hydration to best support this type of complexion.

Mature Skin

With time, skin may exhibit signs like fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and a decrease in natural oil production, leading to dryness. Mature skin deserves products that honor its evolving needs with nurturing and rejuvenating ingredients.

Our protocol for mature skin begins with Cleansing Milk, a nurturing start to cleanse the skin without drying. Follow with Bulgarian Rose Water, to tone, refresh and deliver a burst of hydration to the skin. Treat the delicate eye area with ultra-nourishing Awakening Eye Gel, to soothe and quench tired eyes. Our ultra-concentrated Quintessential Serum is your next step, providing a wealth of nutrients to the skin. 

Moisturize with Spontaneous Recovery Crème in the morning for its hydrating and protective qualities. At night, allow Celestial Rose Crème to support the skin's natural repair processes.

Twice to three times a week, incorporate Epi-Peel for gentle exfoliation, enhancing skin's texture and radiance. Complement this with the Restorative Radiance Masque, a luxurious treatment that revitalizes and brightens, leaving skin replenished and full of life. 

Each type holds its own beauty and challenges. Now understanding how to determine your skin type, trust in your skin’s signals and embrace its individuality. Recognizing these traits allows you to select products and routines that resonate deeply with your skin’s essence. 

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