What Does My Skin Type Mean?
A lot of people don’t know this but there are actually 5 different skin types.
In the skincare market, a “normal” skin type means that your skin is balanced and doesn’t have any uncomfortable issues. Balance is generally the goal for all skin types, but even balanced skin sometimes experiences breakouts or dullness. A proper cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing day cream routine will usually keep things in check.
If your skin produces excess sebum year round, you’re likely in the “oily” skin type group. One of the benefits of oily skin is that your skin’s natural oils protect and moisturize, naturally staving off fine lines and maintaining elasticity longer. On the downside, oily skin is acne-prone, and excess oil can easily lead to breakouts. Make sure you have a good exfoliating non-comedogenic toner or serum to keep your pores clear. The ideal skin-care products for this skin type are oil-free.
Dry skin looks and feels rough and dull, sometimes also appearing red or flaky. If you have a dry skin type, your skin may feel tight, and you may see fine lines right after washing your face. Hydrating and protective skincare products are ideal products for this skin type, this includes gentle cleansers, hydrating serums, rich moisturizers, and face oils to fight flakiness.
As the name implies, combination skin has oily and dry characteristics. For example, some people have an oily T-zone—the forehead and nose—and dryness on their cheeks; others may have dehydrated skin that’s also breakout-prone. Learning the skincare requirements for every part of your face can help you address issues more promptly. For example, if you identify that your cheeks are prone to dryness, you can address this issue by moisturizer day cream during your daily routine.
If you have sensitive skin, your skin may feel itchy and tight and react to certain skincare products. It becomes oily in the summer and gets dry in the winters. After being in hot water temperatures it becomes red and blotchy. It may feel itchy while wearing tight clothes and wearing certain materials and fabrics. It can also make your skin flush easily when eating spicy food. If you have allergies or are allergic to dust this does not mean you necessarily have sensitive skin. In skin care it could simply mean that you are allergic to a particular ingredient but your skin may not be sensitive. However, if you have sensitive skin, you will most likely react to harsh chemicals and skin products. If this is the case, it is best to see an allergist. You should never use a product, unless you have tested it on your hand first with a patch test and waited 24 hours. Always do your research on the products first, and don’t apply too many products to your face.
Make sure you do your research and test out what works best for you and your skin type! If you experience any discomfort or irritation you should stop using those products.
One last thing, no matter what skin type you have, embrace it and be proud. There is no perfect skin type. We are all beautiful and unique.
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