You & Your Skin

The Largest Organ of the Body

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it needs to be taken care of just as much as other internal organs as it is often your first line of defence against free radicals. The skin can absorb many chemicals into the bloodstream so it is of utmost importance to make sure that what you are adding to the skin is safe. Everyone should have some form of skin regime and this regime will change throughout the years as your skin changes through the natural process of life and the environment.

​Sun creams with high sun protection factors (SPF’s) should be used daily to protect the skin all year round – UV rays damage the skin even in winter time, not just in the summer.

A basic skincare regime should at the very least consist of a cleanser to clean away daily make up and dirt and grime from the environment, a tonic to tone the skin, remove all traces of cleanser and prepare the skin by re-balancing the skins PH ready for moisturisers and serums and finally a moisturiser to nourish and protect.

A more sophisticated regime would also consist of an intense treatment such as a mask or serum and a facial exfoliant.

Skin Test

Do you really know Your Skin Type?

​Many of us think we know exactly which skin type we are but quite often we are wrong. It is not uncommon to have more than one skin type at the same time, in fact the majority of people find they have combination skin with dry areas on the cheeks and an oily T zone. To find out your skin type you can use the following method.

Method: Wash your face but do not apply any cosmetics or make up. Leave for a few hours then take a piece of thin tissue in your hands, apply to your face and press firmly;

Once you know your skin type, check below to see which products suit your skin. It goes without saying that all products should be harsh chemical free. Please also remember, the skin type on your body is normally different to the skin type on your face! NB The following information is in reference to skin types not skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne etc


  • ​Nothing on the tissue – Dry skin
  • A slight residue – Normal skin
  • Residue from the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) – Combination skin.
  • More residue than above or a facial imprint – Oily skin

Please note, if you also have sore skin or tend to have allergies to certain products then you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is usually accompanied by dryness and tightness. Remember you are probably more than one skin type.


Skin Types

Dry Skin


  • lack of sebum (natural oil produced by glands in the dermis)
  • loses elasticity at a younger age, wrinkles easily and fine lines become apparent.
  • person may look slightly older than their natural age.
  • small even pores all over the face.
  • very little outbreaks or fine lines as a teenager.
  • colouration of the cheeks
  • skin can feel rough and tight.
  • skin may be sensitive.

What you need – or click HERE to view all products for dry skin

TIP: Roots Tonics come in a handy spray bottle, ideal for rehydrating the skin throughout the day

Normal Skin


  • looks healthy
  • may have a slight sheen
  • outbreaks are fairly rare
  • skin feels normal after cleansing.

What you need – or click HERE to view all products for dry skin

​TIP: If you are one of the few who are lucky to have normal skin, don’t forget you still need to moisturise and protect your skin from every day pollutions, elements and of course natural aging.

Oily Skin


  • Produces too much sebum – over lubricated. Shiny – has a sheen all over.
  • Can have a sallow complexion.
  • Can have a yellow tinge.
  • Pores are larger.
  • Can be prone to acne and spots.
  • Chance of acne in youth and wrinkles when older. Person may look slightly younger for their age.

What you need – or click HERE to view all products for oily skin

TIP: For oilier skin types you should use a light lotion in the daytime but you do still need to nourish the skin by using a nourishing cream or lotion at night. Your skin needs nourishment even if it over-produces sebum.

Combination Skin


  • looks healthy.
  • will have a sheen in the T-zone. (Forehead, nose and chin).
  • the T-zone will have open, larger pores.
  • the T-zone can be prone to breakouts.
  • the rest of the skin can feel dry and tight. (See dry skin above).

What you need

TIP – If you have combination skin you may find that you will need to use 2 different products. One for the T-zone and one for the drier areas.

Sensitive Skin


  • reacts to heat
  • reacts to cold
  • reacts to chemicals in cosmetics and household products.
  • skin can be very sore
  • skin can look red and blemished
  • skin is tight

What you need – or click HERE to view all products for oily skin

​TIP – For those with sensitive skin make sure you perform a skin test (see below) before using any skincare, not just Roots skincare. Although Roots products are not marketed for sensitive skin, they are well known to be great for sensitive skin types. Please see your other skin type above for specific products, for example, if you have dry, sensitive skin see the products for dry skin.

Patch Test

It is impossible to create skincare products which everyone will tolerate, particularly in view of the fact that people’s sensitivities have increased throughout the years. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, anyone can have a reaction to any cosmetic, in fact some people are allergic to water – just because a product is natural and organic it is not to say you cannot have a reaction to that product – but side effects with these types of ingredients are typically less prevailent.

Through testing products on the area of skin in the crook of the elbow – where the skin is thinner and more sensitive – you can, through this simple method, determine whether or not you are likely to be sensitive to what you have applied. This, of course, should be done with any products you purchase and it is particularly important to do this with anything you intend to use on your face.

​The whole Roots range contains Prebiotic Chicory Root which is suitable for the most sensitive skins, hence not only lessens the chance of any reaction, but also lessens the severity if a reaction were to occur.

Method –

For leave on products such as moisturisers choose an area in the crook of your elbow of a few square centimeters and apply the product you wish to test. Leave for 48 hours and then look for any signs of allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include red, warm skin, perhaps also itchy and/or with a rash. If you do find an allergic reaction, that is possibly a reaction to just one ingredient not the whole product. Cease using the product, clean the area with soap and warm water and seek medical attention if needed. For wash off products such as cleansers apply the product to the crook of the elbow and leave for 30 seconds then RINSE OFF as these products are not designed to be left on the skin. Always leave 7 days between trials for the skin to relax. If you have an allergic reaction your skin may become sensitive to other ingredients you may not usually have a problem with, your skin becomes sensitized.