There is no one-size-fits-all skincare guideline. What works for other people may not work for you. So before you start your next beauty routine, you should take into account your skin type. Having this knowledge under your belt gives you the upper hand in choosing the right skincare for yourself. Staying informed about the options you have enables you to make better decisions. Being beautiful is a form of self-expression, and who doesn’t want to be confident in her own skin? Skincare is a long-term investment in our appearance and sense of well-being that’s why it’s important to do our research when it comes to our skin.
We’ll break down the basic skin types to help you figure out yours, and from there, you can find the best beauty products.
Oily skin can be problematic for some people, causing them to constantly have an unflattering shine on their faces. Oily skin can result in an oily complexion and an increased likelihood of developing acne and blackheads.
You may have Oily Skin if:
- You have large pores which release excess oil, naturally producing sebum and protecting your skin against bacteria and other aggressors.
- Your sebum helps keep moisture in. But when your pores are overproducing this excess oil, it can combine with dead skin around your pores to clog them.
- Hormonal fluctuations, stress, genetics, and even your environment can cause excess oil production. Problems arise when the excess oil mixes with dead skin cells, bacteria, and other irritants. This clogs pores, leading to acne breakouts, pimples, and whiteheads.
Tips for Oily Skin:
- For oily or acne-prone skin, look for cleansers, toners, and moisturizers that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and niacinamide. These help keep oil production and acne under control.
- Limit your face-washing to twice a day. Over-washing can backfire on you, stripping away so much oil in the process that the skin starts producing even more of it in order to compensate!
- Another tip would be to moisturize! Since washing your face twice a day can still dry out your skin, it’s important to use a moisturizer. Sure, oily skin can be a nightmare to deal with, but you still need hydration. The trick to finding the right moisturizer is to look for one that’s lightweight and non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic refers to products that do not contain ingredients that might lead to breakouts and irritation
Dry skin is tough! It’s uncomfortable, itchy, and annoying. Even if you wash every day, your skin can still be dry. We know how troublesome that can be so we’re here to help you!
You may have Dry Skin if:
- Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. It tends to appear dull and maybe flaky, scaly, or itchy.
- Fine lines also tend to appear earlier and look more noticeable on those with dry skin. There are many factors that can contribute to dry skin: genetic factors, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, diet, lack of water, lack of sleep, and more.
Tips for Dry Skin:
- It’s a cliché, but taking a long hot shower can dry out your skin. It just sucks the water out of your skin. This leaves you with a flaky and bumpy feeling. Instead, take 10-minute showers that are lukewarm or cold, and lather up with a gentle cleanser designed for sensitive skin.
- Speaking of gentle cleansers, you can use a creamy cleanser that offers hydration while cleansing. We also recommend using a moisturizer that comes with sunscreen protection. And also a facial spray during the day to boost your hydration level.
- You can also use anti-aging day creams and night creams to help you get rid of those fine lines caused by dry skin.
Dealing with dry or oily skin is definitely difficult but dealing with both is a headache! Having a combination of both dry and oily can be super troublesome but don’t worry we’re here to guide you through it!
You may have a Combination of Skin Type if:
Your face feels oily in some spots. If your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) seem slick after blotting with oil-absorbing paper while the rest of your face feels dry, then you likely have this skin type.
Tips for Combination of Dry and Oily Skin:
- For combination skin, you might have to use a variety of beauty products on different parts of your face. Go for gentle products that can moisturize dry areas without creating more oiliness.
- Only apply treatments to the needed areas for specific issues.
- If you want to increase the effectiveness of your skincare routine, look for a nourishing toner that balances your skin’s pH levels and hydrates your skin.
- For oily skin, salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acid can work great on your forehead, nose, and chin while hyaluronic acid and glycerin will help hydrate your cheeks, eye area, and jawline.
Having sensitive, or reactive skin does make life difficult at times. The constant dryness and redness definitely affect your confidence and well-being. The best way to handle an issue like this is to arm yourself with knowledge and we’re here to help you out.
You may have Sensitive Skin if:
You experience a stinging sensation or suffer from dermatitis when you try a new product, or you may suffer from conditions like eczema or rosacea.
Tips for Sensitive Skin:
- If you have sensitive skin, hot showers can be damaging. Instead, take lukewarm ones, and when trying a new product, do a patch test on your arm before using it anywhere else.
- A hypoallergenic moisturizer can be used on sensitive parts of your body. Gentle, natural ingredients like Vitamin E, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and natural plant extracts are the key to soothing and providing relief for sensitive skin.
- People with sensitive skin should also avoid alcohol and fragrances found in many beauty products, which can irritate the skin and cause a flare-up.
People with normal skin are well-adjusted. If you have normal skin, it means your skin is balanced and able to function at its peak level.
You may have Normal Skin if:
Your skin is well balanced, neither too oily nor too dry.
Tips for Normal Skin:
- Apply sunscreen to avoid premature skin aging
- Cleanse twice a day to avoid the build-up of impurities and bacteria that can lead to acne.
- Moisturize daily for proper skin hydration
- Exfoliate to buff away dead skin cells.
We hope this article helped you identify and manage your skin type.