What's Your Skin Type?
[DISCLAIMER] I am not a dermatologist or an esthetician. The information provided is from research and personal experience.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Pretty crazy right? Which is why it’s important to take care of it. The first step to taking care of our skin is getting to know what our skin type is. This impacts what products to use and not use. Each and every person has their own unique skin type, but generally speaking we fall under different categories. Also, keep in mind that our skin can change over time and our skin type is due to genetics and our lifestyle.
Here are 5 skin types that your own skin may be a part of:
1. Normal Skin Type - Do you rarely experience any dryness or excess oil? You probably have a normal skin type. Yes, you may get dry or oily from time to time, but this is easily resolvable for you. You also have small to no pores, with little to no blemishes.
2. Dry Skin Type - Being dry is pretty self-explanatory. Your skin can become so dry that you may experience flaking, tightness and slight irritation. With dry skin, you have almost invisible pores. Avoid using any harsh cleansers because this has the potential to stop your natural oils to be produced. Be sure to always moisturize to combat dry skin!
3. Oily Skin Type - Ever feel like a grease ball? Then you probably have oily skin. Unfortunately with oily skin, you may experience breakouts and blackheads. This is because of enlarged pores that oily skin typically has. People with oily skin think they don’t need moisturizers, but in truth they still do due to the fact that a lack of hydration may cause even more oil build up.
4. Combination Skin Type - This is a combination of both dry and oily skin. You may have an oily t-zone (forehead, nose & chin) and dryness or normal skin in other areas. You may make the mistake that your skin is an oily skin type when it’s really a combination skin type. Knowing that your skin has both effects the products you may want to use.
5. Sensitive Skin Type - Those with this skin type typically experience redness and irritation. You may experience the characteristics of a dry or oily skin type as well, yet your skin gets easily inflamed. Use products that cater to sensitive skin so that your skin doesn’t have a reaction. Please see a doctor if you’ve been experiencing worse reactions than redness to your skin.
Being aware of our skin type is essential to taking care of it. Take into consideration what your skin type is helps us figure out what products to use. Also, be aware of your lifestyle and nutritional habits because both may be a factor. Not all skincare routines work for everybody, so customize yours to fit your skin’s needs!