There are five different skin types recognized by the cosmetics and skin-care industry: normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive. Do you know which one you have? If not, this simple “tissue test” should help you determine your skin type.
The Tissue Test
Begin by cleansing your face. This will remove any cosmetics, oil, or dirt on your face.
Then, wait an hour while your skin returns to its normal condition. Be sure not to touch your face while waiting.
When the hour is up, dab a tissue on your forehead and other parts of your face, and examine the results. If there is neither oil nor flakes of skin on the tissue, you have normal skin. If there is oil, but no flakes, you have oily skin. If there are flakes, but no oil, you have dry skin, and if there is oil on the forehead but all other points are normal or dry, you have combination skin.
Normal skin looks very supple, elastic, and vital. It is the least problematic skin type, and should continue to look good well into advanced age.
To maintain normal skin, wash your face twice per day with a mild soap, and be sure to use sunscreen when outdoors.
Oily/Problem skin tends to look greasy and thick, and may have visible pores.
Oily skin may become dehydrated at times because, though it retains oil, it can still lose moisture. Try a water-based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without making it overly oily.
Oily skin should be treated with warm water and soap to prevent pores from becoming clogged, but don’t wash your face more than two or three times per day, as this will just stimulate the production of more oil.
The good news is, oily skin tends to be naturally resistant to wrinkles and signs of aging.
Dry/Dehydrated skin tends to feel flaky, dry, and tight. This can either be the result of dehydrated skin, which lacks the ability to retain moisture, or dry skin, which lacks the ability to retain oil.
It is much more prone to wrinkles and other signs of aging than the other four skin types.
To care for dry/dehydrated skin, wash your face twice per day with a mild, anti-dehydrating cleanser. Dry your skin by dabbing it gently, and be sure to moisturize regularly.
Normal-combination skin tends to feel normal or dry in places such as the cheeks, and oily in the “T zone,” which refers to the forehead, nose, and chin.
This can be the toughest skin type to care for because you have to deal with both ends of the spectrum.
To care for combination skin, use a mild cleanser on your face twice per day, and look for skin-care products that contain Vitamin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Sensitive skin is thin, has a pink or reddish color, and may have a parchment look or feel, but is otherwise clear, smooth, and beautiful.
It can easily become flushed and may experience pain or discomfort when touched.
You must be very careful when selecting skin care products if you have sensitive skin, as many products may irritate your skin. Environmental conditions may also aggravate your skin’s already sensitive nature, potentially causing breakouts or other skin conditions. However, this is not to be confused with allergic reactions, which can occur in any skin type.
To care for sensitive skin, look for skin care products specifically designed for sensitive skin. Check their ingredients against products to which you know you react badly. Use soft, gentle wash cloths and very mild soap when washing, and always wear sunscreen when outdoors.
As always, be sure to check back with us next week for more skin care tips and green beauty education.
Manufacturers of synthetic cosmetics would like us to believe that in order for a product to be effective in preserving youthful looks, it must be created in a laboratory, pushing centuries of herbal skin care knowledge aside. Yet both science and history have shown us that often, natural spa products can be just as effective if not more so than synthetics.
To educate people on the benefits of natural spa products, and provide them with a way to obtain such products for themselves, Castle Baths created the Tre’Yours line. Natural spa products listed under the Tre’Yours line are designed to help skin remain youthful, naturally. Products containing organic and wild-crafted ingredients such as Dead Sea salt, green tea, and avocadoes can accomplish many of the same youth-preserving tasks as their synthetic equivalents, but without the harsh preservatives or chemicals and their potential side effects.
Some of Castle Baths most popular youth-preserving products listed under the Tre’Yours line include:
Our BlessMe AHA Face Cream: this cream contains much-sought-after alpha-hydroxy-acids, which have been scientifically shown to help reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage. It also contains Aloe Vera Extract to moisturize and smooth your skin.
Our Dead Sea Spa Collection: Dead Sea salt, Dead Sea mud, and Dead Sea brine help to deep-cleanse your skin, penetrating down into your pores without any chemicals or penetration enhancers. These natural spa products help detoxify your skin and allows the many minerals and nutrients contained within the Dead Sea to seep into your skin. Castle Baths’ Dead Sea spa products may be purchased individually or as a set in the Tre’Yours Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket.
Our Tre’Yours Facial Toner: this natural facial toner helps detoxify facial pores and balance your skin’s pH levels. It is also made with Rose Hydrosol to help you smooth out the appearance of fine lines naturally.
Body Butter is an all natural, Vitamin A rich, skin moisturizer. It is generally made with different butter types; including, Shea, Cocoa, and Mango butter. Sometimes other natural oils, such as coconut, are also included to lock in the deep moisturizing benefits.
How is it different from Lotion?
Body butter is thicker than most lotions and is used for more severe cases of dry, sun damaged, or wind chapped skin. Lotion is a thinner mixture, made of oil and water, used mostly to moisturize the skin on a daily basis rather than for a specific skin problem.
Castle Baths Body Butter Variety
We have four body butter choices for you to choose from. They are each made with Natural Mango Butter, Certified Organic Shea Butter and Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Cocoa Butter for intense moisture. As always, these Castle Baths products are chemical free with no preservatives added.
You’ve been to the beauty products section of the store, you know that there are dozens of choices for your skin care. Most of these have harsh chemicals that can actually reduce your skin’s beauty and elasticity, making you look older, rather than younger. We use only natural ingredients to detoxify your skin, lock in moisture, and rejuvenate your face and body in the process.
Daily Renewal Face & Body Bar is for dry, damaged, and mature skin; it is low lather and has extra moisturizing properties.
Mango Butter for repair and reconditioning of the face
Certified Organic Shea Butter reduces blemishes and scars while moisturizing
Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Butter are natural emollients and rich in Vitamin E
Essential oil of Rose nourishes and hydrates the skin while balancing pH
This Face Soap Bar can be used to cleanse your face, and moisturize it all in one step! Our Face Soap is 80% Moisturizing Oils from Cream. Dry, damaged, and aging skin that has been the result of exposure to extreme temperatures and UV radiation can be repaired with daily use. Click here to learn more!
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Facial Bar – with EO of Ginger
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Facial Bar- with EO of Ginger is great for daily use for oily and sensitive skin- It’s also wonderful for once a week dry, damaged, aged skin that could benefit from the minerals of the Dead Sea. Please only wash face weekly with this bar if you have aged, damaged, and or dry skin.
The Perfect Face Bar! Our NATURAL Dead Sea Mud Soap Contains:
Lasts the average buyer a full year
Formulated to detox, de-grease and feed skin for youthful glowing results.
Largest percentage of actual Dead Sea Mud you’ll probably ever find in a mud bar!
Removes even the toughest oil based cream make-ups (even clown make-up) in one application.
Pink Grapefruit: Astringent for oily skin and hair.
Ginger: Reduces inflammation and increases circulation
Bergamot: Relaxing and refreshing, uplifting, and reduces tension.
Clove: Antibacterial and anti fungal to give your face a true clean
Detoxifies pores for deep cleansing and helps acne prone skin!
Helps even out the complexion for oily skin, acne sensitive and/or redness
Even though this bar is made to detox pores from oil and is wonderful for acne, it’s made with just the right percent of Certified Organic Macadamia Nut Oil to soften and mositurize even the driest skin to include cracked skin! Click here to learn more!
Cellu Body Bar – with Coffee for circulation
Cellu Body Bar – with Coffee for circulation is an all time favorite natural soap bar of both men and woman- made with cocoa butter and coffee butter- to really help skin and senses.
Enhance the appearance of your legs
Helps with the appearance of cellulite, reduces swelling and increases circulation, especially in the legs.
Delicately scrubs away dirt and environmental pollutants
Rich in Coffee Butter, Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, and Hemp Butter
Contains fresh ground Java Coffee Bean for a natural exfoliation
Castle Baths is a different kind of retailer than other spa and bath product shops. We not only apply our Christian tenets to the products themselves, but also in our customer service approach. We feel that God is in all we do, and so we do what we can to be as gentle to the earth, our bodies, our customers, and our community, in a spirit of service.
All Natural Products
Our products are created with all natural, organic ingredients in order to eliminate one source of man-made chemicals that pollute the earth and our bodies on a daily basis. Our entire spa bath line are:
Made to order, as fresh as possible
Vegan (except 3 goats milk soap bars)
Handmade (no machines or factories)
Shipped daily for shelf life
Never tested on animals
Created with Certified Organic and Wild Crafted Ingredients
Made with you in mind
Castle Baths offers a full line of Beauty Products, top spa products and therapeutic bath products, along with one of a kind spa gift baskets and designer natural pet products. We offer Pampering Beauty and lots of Hope to our customers!
Helping People through Service
Effective January 1, 2011: We wish to give back some of our profits to our charitable causes.
We feel that the bank doesn’t need to hold money that people in need could use! This has brought us to the decision of donating to those in need.
Castle Baths Charities:
We receive lots (I mean LOTS) of request for charitable donations and giveaways….we really have to have them budgeted before we can help- if you have a charity of importance let us know and we can add it to our list to be reviewed.
Castle Baths gives back a bare minimum of 10% of our time, talents and tithe. Our staff is also given a full day each quarter Paid to offer their support within the community. For example: Racheal walks and donates her time to speak with neighbors and groups to collect donations for the troops each month, while Castle Baths pays for the postage and supplies needed to ship the items to the Soldiers. Here’s a note from one of our Support Our Troops groups:-)
Animal Rescue – Animals need love, shelter and food- not a death sentence!
Save the Bay -Chesapeake Bay Foundation – this is where we live. We hope you’ll care enough to help a cause where you live. We help clean the bay up annually with this one.
Support Our Troops -Donated Items welcomed to send to our troops overseas- We ship monthly to our solider’s. Email Racheal Brennan for how you can help or call us 757-813-7891
MS Society – Owner, Laura Thomas was diagnosed with MS in January of 2009, what was once a walk to help has now become a part of Laura’s Life- literally:-) Go here to support! MS WALK RACHEAL for mom and others.
You have a choice in Bath and Spa Products
We know that you have a choice in where you buy your bath and spa products – we want to provide you with a guilt free, charitable option that you can be proud of and tell your friends about. Help us to make a difference by donating to a charity while you get your all natural, bath, spa, and beauty products from us!
Our kids are growing up faster and have longer working years ahead of them than ever before – show your teenager how to naturally take care of their skin as well as relieve stress. After all, they will need this skill and this is advice that will be used on a daily basis (unlike some of your other advice)!
Sometimes, as adults, we forget how very stressful being a teenager can be. Hormones are all over the place, large decisions about where their life will head are coming up quickly and self-confidence is almost always an issue. Help your teen to be self assured, confident, and ready to face the changes and challenges that God has in store for them by teaching them how to relieve stress and protect their skin in a natural, healthy way.
It is imperative in the stressful, busy world we have brought our children into, that they learn how to relax and let stressful emotions go on a daily basis. Our Sweet Dreams scent can be found in several different product types (body wash, bath tea, aromatherapy oils, etc.) and will help your teen to relax, sleep well, and be ready for another day in their busy life.
Natural Skin Care
Nothing seems more important when you are a teenager than your appearance. If your teen suffers from lack of confidence in their skin appearance, it may be the kind of body wash or face wash that is being applied. See this video on the difference that a natural body wash makes versus a leading competitor’s body wash.
If you have a specific situation, and would like to discuss how our natural products could be used or applied to help, please contact us at (757) 788-8157 or by email.
Maybe it was a long week, or maybe a long night last night – or maybe you just know that today is going to be a long one and you would like to make it through without tapping out all of your reserve energy?
Life can be exhausting, these days, Americans work more hours and take fewer vacations than any other country! We work hard and we play hard – so when do you get to relax? How do you keep that energy reserve full?
Well, we were wondering that ourselves. So we researched and found the specific aromas that make us feel more energized and are proven to boost mental focus as well as revitalize, renew, and reinvigorate! This led us to create our Energy Blend line of ingredients. These are specifically formulated lotions, oils, bath teas and salts, soaks, and soaps that can replenish your dwindling supply of energy on any given day.
Our all natural products not only make your conscience rest easy, but they also promote the health and natural beauty of your skin.
Tre’Yours Daily Renewal Face Cream is part of our Tre’Yours line, it contains Green Tea extract and Certified Organic Shea Butter, Hemp Butter, Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Cucumber Extract, which all work together to rapidly decrease dryness of the skin while intensely hydrating your face in order to reduce lines and help give back your skin’s natural resilience for a firmer look.
Don’t just hydrate your skin – regenerate it!
Come out of your winter cocoon as a vibrant, beautiful butterfly this Spring!
Daily Renewal Face cream gives skin a bright, more even toned, radiant appearance – get one for you, or a friend, today!
Our Bathsheba all natural Foot Bath Salts have a foot-drenching infusion that will cool and relieve your swollen, weary feet, while helping to reduce pain and inflammation, and melt away tension.
Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Bath Salts are ideal for soaking tired, sore feet. Restful feet are happy feet! This wonderful product has similar properties to the Bathsheba, but also moisturizes and detoxifies your feet.
Jubilee Mineral Foot Bath Salts will help to energize your feet and put the bounce back in your step! This product is ideal for itchy, dry feet, and even Athletes Foot. They will reduce redness and irritation of the bridge, heel, and toe joint areas, reduce soreness, and feed your skin with nutrients and minerals.
Sweet as candy, leaving your feet even sweeter…yet adding no calories to your diet! Our Castle Baths Spearmint Foot Scrub Candy is perfect for scrubbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all in one. These little candies are very helpful for softening your heels, and are deliciously scented with Spearmint Essential Oil for a little aromatherapy while you soak.
Our Dead Sea Products are one of our best sellers, here at Castle Baths, and it’s no wonder! With incredible benefits to the look, feel, and health of your skin, these products are literally flying off the shelf.
Our best Dead Sea product is our Dead Sea Mud. This works wonderfully as a face mask to give a mini face lift by cleaning and tightening the pores and skin of your face.
You may not even realize the damage you cause your skin on a daily basis. Did you know that each day when you wash your face, you disturb the natural mantel of the skin- causing redness and uneven tone.
Dead Sea Mud can help!
Deep Sea Mud helps restore ph levels, removing the red face look
Minerals from the Dead Sea feed the skin nutrients that keep it hydrated, which means less wrinkle retention
Dead Sea Mud mask leaves your skin with a glow of youthfulness and cleanliness.
Dead Sea Mud moisturizes your skin and helps with natural skin hydration
With high concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, bromide and potassium, this mud pampers the skin.
We have a couple of great videos and a step-by-step guide to help you apply your Dead Sea Mud as a facial mask!