The most important step in caring for your skin is to know your specific skin type. Skin is the body’s largest organ as complex as other vital organs in our body like the heart, lungs, liver and kidney. Understanding your skin type will lead you to pick the right products that work for you without harming your skin.
Did you know that there are seven basic skin types? There are normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, acne-prone, sensitive and mature skin types. Let us learn how to identify yours below and the skincare tips you must try.
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Your Skin Type
When you have a normal skin type, you don’t experience many breakouts. Your skin doesn’t tend to react negatively to the new products or weather changes. Normal skin is firm with minimal fine lines and wrinkles only.
Skin Care Tips: Having a normal skin type will not experience any sensitivity to products, thus, you can play hard with beauty products and have fun experimenting with them.
Oily skin seems to be glowing. When you put makeup or skin care products they don’t stay put like you want them to. People who have oily skin have fewer wrinkles.
Skin Care Tips: For oily skin, shine control is the top priority. Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, petroleum and alcohol. Non-comedogenic products also work best for oily skin, it won’t clog up the pores.
Dry and dehydrated are not the same but have similar symptoms.
Dryness is caused by lack of oil in the skin. Symptoms include sensitivity, flakiness, itchiness and cracks.
Dehydration is the result of the skin not retaining enough moisture.
Skin Care Tips: Apply moisturizer several times a day especially when washing your hands or bathing. Avoid using harsh soap or products containing oils or lots of fragrances. Use water-based products as oil-based products can make your skin condition worse. Don’t forget to drink enough water everyday.
If you get frequent breakouts you likely have acne-prone skin. If your skin is like this, pore tends to clog easily making it susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads and other skin types.
Skin Care Tips: Use cleansers specifically formulated for acne as well as exfoliants and moisturizers that will help minimize breakouts. Common ingredients to fight acne are salicylic acid, clay, benzoyl peroxide or retinol.
Sensitive Skin Type
Sensitive skin might be caused by genetics, allergies or environmental factors. Signs are:
- negative reaction to fragrances
- patches of dry, flaky, irritated skin
- stinging or burning after using a skin care product
- frequent rashes and bumps
- skin that flushes easily
Skin Care Tips: Since sensitive skin is prone to irritation, redness, burning or acne breakouts, you have to choose cosmetics carefully. Avoid fragrances and irritants like alcohol or antibacterial ingredients. Look for products with fewer additives and products with calming, healing or anti-inflammatory properties.
Mature Skin Type
Mature skin types usually have wrinkles here and there. More dry compared to your younger age. Sagging, dark spots, dullness and dehydration are also visible.
Skin Care Tips: Boost with collagen.
Our skin needs change over time and taking steps to identify those needs is essential for it to function and look its best. Address your skin issues and keep it balanced and beautiful.
Every skin type has its own skincare needs. You must know what those are to avoid harming your beautiful skin.