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How to Determine Your Skin Type

It’s easier than you think.

There is nothing more important for skincare than understanding what your skin type is. This is incredibly essential as it affects the products you choose and ways in which you interact with your skin. Without this crucial knowledge, you’d be prone to unnecessary breakouts, irritation, flakiness, and a number of other situations you could have easily avoided if you took a moment to get to know your skin. We get it. It can be confusing to figure what your skin type is which is why we’ve broken it down in this easy guide.

Here’s how:

STEP ONE:

Cleanse your skin with a gentle pH-balanced cleanser

STEP TWO:

After rinsing, do not apply anything else to the skin including moisturizer! I know it may sound counterintuitive but trust the process. Leave your skin alone for at least 30 mins to an hour so you can properly examine it.

STEP THREE:

Let’s get to know your skin.

Is it feeling tight and dry
like it lacks hydration?

Your skin type is likely dry. You’re prone to flakiness, peeling skin, tightness after cleansing, and a lack of oil or shine to your complexion. Dry skin essentially lacks sebum/oil and needs a proper regime in place to restore that balance and revive it to be the glowing complexion that it can be.

Does your skin have a noticeable shine in areas like your forehead, nose, and/or chin? 

You’ve got oily skin. You’re prone to excess oil production which can occur for a number of reasons but the most common being genetic and hormonal changes. This increase in oil can lead to a number of issues including breakouts and enlarged pores. You need a healthy oil-regulating routine to restore your skin’s balance and mattify excess shine.

Not noticing any noticeable dryness or oiliness?

Lucky you! Your skin is normal. This means you have a healthy balance of hydration and oil. While many claim that those with normal skin can use anything on their skin this simply isn’t true. Normal skin just means you don’t have any particular concerns when it comes to the hydration of your skin but you can still damage it by using the wrong products. How can you tell? If you experience any redness, inflammation, or excess dryness or oiliness when using a product — it isn’t for you.

Are you noticing your skin is feeling tight and dry in some areas and oilier in others?

You’ve got combination skin. Think of it this way: you essentially have two different skin types coexisting at the same time. The best way to deal with this is to treat each area differently. We know it sounds annoying but it’s the best way to truly combat your skin issues while maintaining the health of it.

WHERE OUR BITTER GREEN ESSENCE TONER COMES IN

Now that we’ve broken down the differences between an essence and a toner, you might be a little bit confused about the purpose of our Bitter Green Essence Toner. Well, the answer is simple. We wanted to combine the power of a toner and the potency of an essence in one easy-to-use product. No need for multiple items for every step, this product helps to save you time and money in your routine.

LONG STORY SHORT

Keep in mind that while these tips will help you to determine your skin type right now there is a possibility that it will change over time. You can always return here to get some quick tips to understand your skin type and re-create your routine based around any changes you have been experiencing. You’ve got this! Plus, we’re always here to answer any further questions you may have. Feel free to email us at info@byroe.com!

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

Here’s how:

STEP ONE:

Cleanse your skin with a gentle pH-balanced cleanser

STEP TWO:

After rinsing, do not apply anything else to the skin including moisturizer! I know it may sound counterintuitive but trust the process. Leave your skin alone for at least 30 mins to an hour so you can properly examine it.

STEP THREE: 

Let’s get to know your skin.

Is it feeling tight and dry like it lacks hydration?

Your skin type is likely dry. You’re prone to flakiness, peeling skin, tightness after cleansing, and a lack of oil or shine to your complexion. Dry skin essentially lacks sebum/oil and needs a proper regime in place to restore that balance and revive it to be the glowing complexion that it can be.

Does your skin have a noticeable shine in areas
like your forehead, nose, and/or chin?

You’ve got oily skin. You’re prone to excess oil production which can occur for a number of reasons but the most common being genetic and hormonal changes. This increase in oil can lead to a number of issues including breakouts and enlarged pores. You need a healthy oil-regulating routine to restore your skin’s balance and mattify excess shine.

Not noticing any noticeable dryness or oiliness?

Lucky you! Your skin is normal. This means you have a healthy balance of hydration and oil. While many claim that those with normal skin can use anything on their skin this simply isn’t true. Normal skin just means you don’t have any particular concerns when it comes to the hydration of your skin but you can still damage it by using the wrong products. How can you tell? If you experience any redness, inflammation, or excess dryness or oiliness when using a product — it isn’t for you.

Are you noticing your skin is feeling
tight and dry in some areas and oilier in others?

You’ve got combination skin. Think of it this way: you essentially have two different skin types coexisting at the same time. The best way to deal with this is to treat each area differently. We know it sounds annoying but it’s the best way to truly combat your skin issues while maintaining the health of it.

LONG STORY SHORT

Keep in mind that while these tips will help you to determine your skin type right now there is a possibility that it will change over time. You can always return here to get some quick tips to understand your skin type and re-create your routine based around any changes you have been experiencing. You’ve got this! Plus, we’re always here to answer any further questions you may have. Feel free to email us at info@byroe.com!

LAYER UP

The weather is getting warmer and the last thing we want to do is layer on heavy, suffocating moisturizers. A great alternative is to double up on your toner for an extra dose of hydration so you can go in with a much lighter weight moisturizer. Don’t go too overboard though! All you need to do is pat in a few drops of toner, let it absorb into the skin, and then go in with another few drops. Avoid adding too many layers as too much of a good thing isn’t always the best.

DIY MASK

Need a quick dose of hydration? You can also mask with the Bitter Green Essence Toner. Just grab a few reusable cotton rounds and soak them in the toner. Apply everywhere or just to the areas that are feeling the most parched and leave on for 5-10 minutes for max hydration. Simple as that!

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🍃The Bitter Green Essence Toner is a potent treatment for your skin. This hybrid toner/
essence formula effectively hydrates, balances, and clarifies leaving you with clear refreshed skin. 

ALWAYS 100% CRUELTY-FREE

This one was a no brainer for us. Without a doubt, you can make clean, beautiful products without hurting animals. We love animals just as much as the next person. In fact, our Founder Amy Roe has three Pomeranians that she is obsessed with, so we would never want to put any animal in harm’s way. We remain dedicated to being a brand that is and will always be cruelty-free.

TRICLOSAN FREE

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is typically used in antibacterial formulations like hand soap or other cleaning products. It was actually banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products and companies are not able to use it due to the lack of sufficient research on its safety and effectiveness. This ruling came as a result of research that suggested that Triclosan and other ingredients like it could potentially cause hormonal disruption and other adverse health effects.

When it comes to skincare, this ingredient could previously be found in face cleansers especially those that are targeted to prevent and treat acne. We are dedicated to creating incredibly nourishing yet effective skincare formulas so it was important for us to avoid using anything that could be potentially harmful. When it comes to skincare, we like to err on the side of “better safe than sorry.” But, we are always open to new research, new opinions, and new approaches.

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are chemicals that work to artificially preserve cosmetics and other pharmaceuticals. You can typically find parabens in all sorts of products from face cleansers and moisturizers to shampoo, conditioners, and other body products. While they are effective at preserving products and preventing the growth of bad bacteria, EWG suggests research can be linked between parabens and potential endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. While this is incredibly worrying, we would like to point out that most of this research has been on rats and not on human beings so there are always varying points of view on this subject. There are many that suggest that parabens are perfectly safe to use and currently the FDA has not banned their use in products.

As a brand, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use a potentially harmful ingredient in our products. Plus, we are able to effectively preserve without these chemicals and keep our formulations as clean as possible. 

BENZOPHENONE FREE

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is typically used in cosmetic and consumer formulations and packaging to protect it from UV-light. More commonly, Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is used in sunscreen formulations as an effective UV filter. This ingredient was recently banned in Hawaii as there is research to suggest that benzophenones can potentially be harmful to coral reef and other marine life.

The issues with this ingredient are two-fold as we are always a cruelty-free first brand, it is important for us to protect all forms of animal life including the coral reef and marine ecosystem. But, there is also research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that has suggested this ingredient could be potentially harmful in humans causing endocrine and hormone disruption. We have decided that it wasn’t worth the risk or rather a potential risk it can pose so we have firmly decided to avoid using this ingredient and its derivatives in our products.

PHTHALATE FREE

Believe it or not, phthalates are traditionally used in plastics and vinyl in order to soften them and increase their durability. So, how do they play a role in consumer and cosmetic goods? Well, you can usually find these ingredients in all sorts of cosmetic goods including nail polishes, face moisturizers, and detergents as an additive to lubricate or soften the formula.

The use of phthalates has been researched and suggested to cause endocrine and hormone disruption in women and is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. It’s important to keep in mind that phthalates are referring to a large number of compounds and not all of them have been deemed risky or potentially hazardous. But, we have decided as a brand to be extremely cautious and avoid all forms of phthalates while further research is being conducted.

MINERAL OIL FREE

Mineral oil is a rich, occlusive emollient that is used in tons of cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s great for simultaneously locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and improving barrier function. While there are some positive benefits to this ingredient, we don’t find it to be as cosmetically elegant or effective compared to other ingredients which is why we chose to avoid it.

Mineral oil works incredibly well for a large majority of people but like any other ingredient, those with acne-prone skin can have an adverse reaction. In an effort to make our products as customer-friendly as possible, we wanted to avoid anything that could potentially clog pores and cause acne. There are plenty of alternative hydrators that can provide the same amount of moisture along with a slew of other skincare benefits. We like to include ingredients that are multi-functional and can provide a variety of skincare benefits rather than looking towards more one-note, one function ingredients. 

ALWAYS 100% CRUELTY-FREE

This one was a no brainer for us. Without a doubt, you can make clean, beautiful products without hurting animals. We love animals just as much as the next person. In fact, our Founder Amy Roe has three Pomeranians that she is obsessed with, so we would never want to put any animal in harm’s way. We remain dedicated to being a brand that is and will always be cruelty-free.

TRICLOSAN FREE

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is typically used in antibacterial formulations like hand soap or other cleaning products. It was actually banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 in over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products and companies are not able to use it due to the lack of sufficient research on its safety and effectiveness. This ruling came as a result of research that suggested that Triclosan and other ingredients like it could potentially cause hormonal disruption and other adverse health effects.

When it comes to skincare, this ingredient could previously be found in face cleansers especially those that are targeted to prevent and treat acne. We are dedicated to creating incredibly nourishing yet effective skincare formulas so it was important for us to avoid using anything that could be potentially harmful. When it comes to skincare, we like to err on the side of “better safe than sorry.” But, we are always open to new research, new opinions, and new approaches. 

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are chemicals that work to artificially preserve cosmetics and other pharmaceuticals. You can typically find parabens in all sorts of products from face cleansers and moisturizers to shampoo, conditioners, and other body products. While they are effective at preserving products and preventing the growth of bad bacteria, EWG suggests research can be linked between parabens and potential endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. While this is incredibly worrying, we would like to point out that most of this research has been on rats and not on human beings so there are always varying points of view on this subject. There are many that suggest that parabens are perfectly safe to use and currently the FDA has not banned their use in products.

As a brand, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use a potentially harmful ingredient in our products. Plus, we are able to effectively preserve without these chemicals and keep our formulations as clean as possible.  

BENZOPHENONE FREE

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is typically used in cosmetic and consumer formulations and packaging to protect it from UV-light. More commonly, Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and is used in sunscreen formulations as an effective UV filter. This ingredient was recently banned in Hawaii as there is research to suggest that benzophenones can potentially be harmful to coral reef and other marine life.

The issues with this ingredient are two-fold as we are always a cruelty-free first brand, it is important for us to protect all forms of animal life including the coral reef and marine ecosystem. But, there is also research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that has suggested this ingredient could be potentially harmful in humans causing endocrine and hormone disruption. We have decided that it wasn’t worth the risk or rather a potential risk it can pose so we have firmly decided to avoid using this ingredient and its derivatives in our products.

PHTHALATE FREE

Believe it or not, phthalates are traditionally used in plastics and vinyl in order to soften them and increase their durability. So, how do they play a role in consumer and cosmetic goods? Well, you can usually find these ingredients in all sorts of cosmetic goods including nail polishes, face moisturizers, and detergents as an additive to lubricate or soften the formula.

The use of phthalates has been researched and suggested to cause endocrine and hormone disruption in women and is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. It’s important to keep in mind that phthalates are referring to a large number of compounds and not all of them have been deemed risky or potentially hazardous. But, we have decided as a brand to be extremely cautious and avoid all forms of phthalates while further research is being conducted.

MINERAL OIL FREE

Mineral oil is a rich, occlusive emollient that is used in tons of cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulas. It’s great for simultaneously locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and improving barrier function. While there are some positive benefits to this ingredient, we don’t find it to be as cosmetically elegant or effective compared to other ingredients which is why we chose to avoid it.

Mineral oil works incredibly well for a large majority of people but like any other ingredient, those with acne-prone skin can have an adverse reaction. In an effort to make our products as customer-friendly as possible, we wanted to avoid anything that could potentially clog pores and cause acne. There are plenty of alternative hydrators that can provide the same amount of moisture along with a slew of other skincare benefits. We like to include ingredients that are multi-functional and can provide a variety of skincare benefits rather than looking towards more one-note, one function ingredients.  

It’s easier than you think

There is nothing more important for skincare than understanding what your skin type is. This is incredibly essential as it affects the products you choose and ways in which you interact with your skin. Without this crucial knowledge, you’d be prone to unnecessary breakouts, irritation, flakiness, and a number of other situations you could have easily avoided if you took a moment to get to know your skin. We get it. It can be confusing to figure what your skin type is which is why we’ve broken it down in this easy guide.

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

SALADS ARE SUPERFOOD POWERHOUSES

As opposed to potentially harmful chemicals, fresh, wholesome ingredients can provide you with a healthy dose of skin-fortifying ingredients. Salads, in particular, have always been raved about as an excellent way to meet your daily nutritional needs and for good reason. They’re chock full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants that are incredibly important for your overall health. For example, dark leafy supergood greens like Kale and Spinach are excellent sources of fiber which can help to lower your blood pressure and improve your digestion. But, these ingredients are just as integral to your skin as they are to your body.

Antioxidant-rich kale also fights free radical damage slowing down premature aging leaving you with youthful radiant skin. For us, this holistic approach highlights the fact that this concept of salad can help to nourish your skin on the inside and out. This inspired us to choose the absolute best salad-inspired ingredients and combine them with powerful actives to create clean, efficacious formulas that will transform your skin into the healthiest version of itself.

MAXIMIZE YOUR ROUTINE

This concept goes beyond the health and efficacy of salad as it also serves as a visual representation of your skincare routine. Each BYROE product was formulated to maximize its effects when used together. Think of your routine as if you were building a salad. Each layer provides a certain level of nutrients so you keep adding on until you get a complex nutrient-dense routine that truly transforms and revitalizes your skin.

Here's how it works:

Step One:

We like to start off with our Rice Cleansing Sorbet for a healthy base of gently exfoliating grains. This hydrating gentle cleanser effectively removes all traces of makeup and debris without stripping your skin.

Step Two:

Follow up with our Bitter Green Essence Toner for a potent dose of 33 different good-for-you greens. This powerful pore-refining green complex intensely hydrates and smooths skin texture for soft, supple skin.

Step Three:

Choose your veggies! You can either reach for the Tomato Serum to combat fine lines and hyperpigmentation or go for Bell Pepper for a soothing dose of hydration. This is where you would choose the serum that best suits your skin needs.

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Here’s how:

STEP ONE:

Cleanse your skin with a gentle pH-balanced cleanser

STEP TWO:

After rinsing, do not apply anything else to the skin including moisturizer! I know it may sound counterintuitive but trust the process. Leave your skin alone for at least 30 mins to an hour so you can properly examine it.

STEP THREE:

Let’s get to know your skin.

Is it feeling tight and dry like it lacks hydration?

Your skin type is likely dry. You’re prone to flakiness, peeling skin, tightness after cleansing, and a lack of oil or shine to your complexion. Dry skin essentially lacks sebum/oil and needs a proper regime in place to restore that balance and revive it to be the glowing complexion that it can be.

Does your skin have a noticeable shine in areas
like your forehead, nose, and/or chin?

You’ve got oily skin. You’re prone to excess oil production which can occur for a number of reasons but the most common being genetic and hormonal changes. This increase in oil can lead to a number of issues including breakouts and enlarged pores. You need a healthy oil-regulating routine to restore your skin’s balance and mattify excess shine.

Not noticing any noticeable dryness or oiliness?

Lucky you! Your skin is normal. This means you have a healthy balance of hydration and oil. While many claim that those with normal skin can use anything on their skin this simply isn’t true. Normal skin just means you don’t have any particular concerns when it comes to the hydration of your skin but you can still damage it by using the wrong products. How can you tell? If you experience any redness, inflammation, or excess dryness or oiliness when using a product — it isn’t for you.

Are you noticing your skin is feeling tight and dry
in some areas and oilier in others?

You’ve got combination skin. Think of it this way: you essentially have two different skin types coexisting at the same time. The best way to deal with this is to treat each area differently. We know it sounds annoying but it’s the best way to truly combat your skin issues while maintaining the health of it.

LONG STORY SHORT

Keep in mind that while these tips will help you to determine your skin type right now there is a possibility that it will change over time. You can always return here to get some quick tips to understand your skin type and re-create your routine based around any changes you have been experiencing. You’ve got this! Plus, we’re always here to answer any further questions you may have. Feel free to email us at info@byroe.com