Wednesday, 15 October 2014

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN TYPE


Every one of us wants and wishes we for PERFECT skin. Unfortunately that’s not possible, what we can do though is understand our skin type and find a good skin care routine with products suit our skin that will help us get that flawless skin.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN TYPE

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN TYPE

NORMAL SKIN

This type of skin has the ideal balance between oil and moisture content. The skin has a smooth and even surface and therefore is neither greasy or dry.

SKIN TONE
The skin tone is quite even and healthy looking. The skin shouldn’t be having any brown or red spots.

SKIN TEXTURE
Barely visible pores which means they are not enlarged or obvious
The skin regularly appears to be on the more clearer side most of the time and does not develop spots or blemishes frequently
At the end of the day the skin doesn’t feel tight or dry. Neither is it obviously shiny
There shouldn’t be any visible fine lines, or wrinkles except with mature and ageing skin

DRY SKIN

When we think of dry skin we normally assume it’s a lack of moisture, that’s not true. Dry skin is due to the skins inability to retain moisture and an inadequate production of sebum(oil) by the sebaceous glands. Dry skin normally appears parched and flaky. The skin generally flares up during colder months like winter where the skin get even more dried out.

SKIN TONE
the skin is smooth and even unless its an extreme case of dry skin
Skin is predominantly tends to be more yellow toned.

SKIN TEXTURE
Invisible pores
Rougher complexion
Redness
Fine lines become more visible
Premature ageing
Itching 
Lack of elasticity 
the skin feels tighter specially after a hot shower

people with dry skin should avoid using harsh soaps that strip the moisture out of the skin. Should also avoid extremely hot shower as the how water dries the skin out. if dry skin is not treated properly it can turn into eczema and that becomes an even bigger issue to deal with.

DEHYDRATED SKIN

Not everyone who has dehydrated skin has the same skin issues, with each person its very different. Dehydration refers to the skins lack of water not the lack of oil. Generally when you apply a moisturizer to dehydrated skin, the skin soaks up the moisturizer instantly, yet the skin can still look oily and dry in certain areas of the skin.

SKIN TONE
Lacklustre appearance making the skin feel a bit wrinkled
There could be redness in certain areas

SKIN TEXTURE
Rough and tight skin texture
Skin can have a flaky feeling on the surface
Tighter pores
A very thin skin layer
Sometimes the skin can be sensitive, inflame and have itchiness 
Fine lines appear much faster on the skin

OILY SKIN

This type of skin is easy to identify as the skin surface is greasy looking. Which is due to excess sebum being produced from the sebaceous glands.

SKIN TONE
Oily T-Zone (chin, nose and forehead)
Very shiny looking skin surface

SKIN TEXTURE
Enlarged pores
Visible pimples, blackheads and white-heads
Thick, rough and shiny skin texture
Fine lines could appear with age

COMBINATION SKIN

This type of skin is the most common among everyone and each with a different combination. The most common combinations being oily and dry or oily and normal skin. This is when certain areas of the skin is oily and certain areas of the skin is dry. The oiliness is normally in the T-Zone area and the dry areas usually consist of the cheeks and the areas around the eyes and mouth. If you have skin that is either one of the combinations then you need to choose products that are made for the particular combination skin that you have. This would mean purchasing products that needs to be used only in certain areas. For example you might need a light gel type moisturizer to use in the T-Zone and a heavier richer moisturizer in the dryer areas.

SKIN TONE
The skin is flaky and oily

SKIN TEXTURE
The oily parts on the face which is generally the T-Zone will have larger open pores, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples
The dryer parts of the skin can be sensitive, tight, irritated and red

If you have combination skin you need to be sure to use products that don’t irritate the skin further more. It is very important to use products that are specifically formulated for the mix of skin type you are currently have. You will need to change your skin care products if your skin type changes with each season.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive is as common as combination skin and any skin type can be sensitive. This is a condition that has a tendency to react to many potential triggers. The skin will experience redness, burning sensation, rashes, irritation, flaking and lumps.

SKIN TONE
Itching
Redness
Burning
Dryness
Tighter skin

SKIN TEXTURE
The skin is very thin
When there is redness on the skin, the skin becomes dry and irritated
Reacts easily to skincare products

As the skin types have been explained and made easier to identify with your skin type I hope you will now be able to identify your skin type by yourself and have a suitable skincare routine. Is there anything you did or do to help you identify your skin, let me know I will be interested in knowing.

Nashia

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