Finding Your Skin Type

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Caring for the skin starts with knowing your skin type. From there, you can customize your skin care products and routine. Your skin type will depend on various things – including hormones, genes, lifestyle, diet, skin care products you use and environment. All these things affect your skin. And forget what you’ve been told about skin types. To effectively evaluate your skin type, you have to know what causes your skin to react a certain way. In today’s post, we are giving you basic tips on how to identify your skin type and care for it:

Normal Skin

If your skin rarely ever oils up, it’s clear and vibrant then you probably have normal skin. Congratulations! Of all skin types, normal skin is the least problematic. Normal skin rarely breaks out. It’s usually plump, vibrant and has a fine texture. That’s because you have a healthy circulatory system. A healthy circulatory system translate to beautiful skin! Even better, normal skin ages gracefully. You don’t need to buy expensive creams and lotions to keep the skin healthy.

But don’t skip moisturizers. We recommend a lightweight formula that absorbs instantly into the skin. Stay away from those with heavy scents or irritants to prevent occasional breakouts.

Dry Skin

Does your skin feel tight, dry and scaly? Does it feel rough around the mouth area with miniscule flakiness? In the afternoon, does your skin feels rough or dry? And after cleansing, it feels tight? You have dry skin! Dry skin has a sallow tone. It has fine pores and very prone to wrinkles. This is why hydration is a must if you have parched skin.

Start by drinking more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. As for skin care, you can get away with heavier, more emollient formulas. We recommend a hydrating, anti-aging formula to prevent fine lines. Also, create your own natural masks twice per week to boost hydration, plump the skin and eliminate irritation. Finally, go for very mild cleansers and do not over-cleanse.

Cleansing with a harsh face wash will strip the skin of moisture. This leads to tightness, redness, flakiness and irritation. We highly recommend a classic cleanser: Cetaphil. This is perfect for extremely sensitive and dry skin types! Cleanse your face twice per day: once in the morning (just water, no cleanser) and once at night.

Oily Skin

Does your face take on a greasy, shiny appearance by mid-morning? Is your skin texture thick, coarse, shiny with enlarged pores? Are you prone to acne or severe breakouts? You have oily skin.

Oily skin is often prone to both non-inflammatory acne and inflammatory acne. Non-inflammatory acne includes whiteheads and blackheads. Meanwhile, inflammatory acne includes cystic acne and pimples.

Caring for oily skin is tricky but the skin texture is not prone to aging. The key is to use skin care products that gently sop up the oil without irritating the skin. We recommend going for gel-type moisturizers. Face creams with hyaluronic acid are perfect for those with oily skin!

Also, stay away from greasy, fried foods. Avoid too many carbs and stay hydrated. Do not use emollient or heavily scented skin care and bath products. All these could trigger a breakout.

Combination Skin

Does your T-zone feels like an oil slick but your temples and cheeks are dry as desert? Do you have dry patches of skin combined with weird, oily spots? Does your skin go from extremely oily to extremely dry between seasons? You have combination skin.

Because combination skin has oily and dry spots, you have to treat these areas differently. This means using different skin care products to address the needs of specific areas of the face. For instance, you can use heavier creams on dry zones and lightweight skin cream on the oily zone of the face. Finally, change your skin care products according to the season. This will eliminate oiliness in spring/summer and dryness in winter season.

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