What’s your skin type and how do you maintain proper care?
Some of us know our skin types well, while others may not have given it much thought. To identify the skin types, we’ll go through each one by explaining what it is/does and how to maintain proper care.
The 5 basic skin types are:
Normal skin has a good amount of moisture and sebum. Sebum is an oily secretion produced by the sebaceous glands. Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil secreted by our sebaceous glands. This makes jojoba oil a friend to everyone as far as skin care is concerned. Because of this balance, the skin is not too dry or greasy. It holds up to most environments and has good elasticity. Basic care and simple regimens work best for normal skin types.
Care: A mild facial cleanser and a good moisturizing regimen will keep this type looking glorious for years to come.
Oily skin tends to have more sebum secretion from over active sebaceous glands. This skin type looks and feels greasy, especially in the T-Zone areas (forehead, nose, chin). You may also notice big pores, pimples, and black and white heads. Because of the extra sebum oil, this skin type will gather dust and bacteria that will cause breakouts. Oily skin also has the ability to change with the weather. It can become super oily during the warmer months, while calming down and controlling itself better during the cooler months.
Care: Wash your skin twice a day. Do not over scrub or use harsh soaps. Over scrubbing and excessive face washing will produce an even more over active sebaceous gland. I know it can be difficult at times but DO NOT pick or pop pimples. This will cause unwanted blemishes and require a lengthy regimen to recovery. I know this is going to sound counter productive…but use oil to help regulate oily skin. Not just any oils but oils such as jojoba, and tea tree. Certain natural and essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and soothing compounds. These oils can heal the skin and help regulate the secretion of the sebaceous glands.
Dry skin lacks moisture and sebum production. Since this is the case, the skin is unable to prevent loss of moisture. It becomes hard to maintain hydrated skin. Dry skin does not stand up well in cold weather conditions. It can easily wrinkle, have a rough, dull complexion, and will show fine lines. Depending on the condition at the time it can also be red and patchy, crack, itchy and irritated. I know this one all too well. There’s absolutely no fun in dry skin.
Care: Use gentle cleaners. Do not over wash your face. Moisturize with heavier creams and butters. Dry skin can tolerate a higher rate of oil on the skin. You can even moisturize when needed throughout the day. A good humidifier is also helpful during those dry or cooler months. In the end MOISTURIZING is key for dry skin.
Combination skin contains both dry or normal, and oily skin. I believe most people have combination skin. The dry or normal parts are usually located on the cheeks and around the eyes. Oily skin covers the T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin). The appearance of this skin type can have big pores, blackheads, and shiny skin. In my opinion, this skin type can be a little more strenuous to treat because of the multiple types on one face. But, all is not lost.
Care: Use a gentle cleanser. Do not over wash your face. Moisturize your face according to the type of skin in that particular zone. For example, the T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin) is normally oily. Use products, moisturizers and methods used for oily skin on your T-Zone. For your cheeks, and around your eyes, use methods for normal or dry skin. Depending on what skin type those areas are.
Sensitive skin can be fine in texture, causing it to become easily irritated by skin products and even weather conditions. This skin type can appear red and dry. It can also experience burning and itching due to product or weather irritation. People with sensitive skin should really find out what irritates their skin and avoid them. Harsh soaps, dyes, artificial preservatives, and synthetic fragrances can surely set off sensitive skin types. I’ve found for this skin type, natural skin care products are the way to go.
Care: Use a fragrance free, hypoallergenic, natural face wash. Be gentle with your face, making sure not to scrub harshly. Follow up with a natural, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, moisturizer. You can also use natural light facial oils as well.
We all have different skin types. It’s important to know your skin type and how to properly care for it. Once you find out what works best for you, you’ll be able to control and maintain beautiful healthy skin.
I promote natural/organic skin care for all skin types. You can find what you’re looking for from natural oils that contain many benefits to keep your skin youthful.
Just doing a little research and finding the right products for your skin type will make a world of difference for your journey to glorious skin.
Have you figured out your skin type? What methods work to maintain your skin? Do you need help figuring out your skin type and products to use?
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