By “skin type”, I mean what you inherited from your mama and papa and not a “skin condition”, such as rosacea, dehydrated or acne. It’s generally accepted that there are five different skin types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive and combination.
Now, having said that, there are many factors that affect the condition of the skin: hormones, weather, pollution, diet and stress, just to name a few. Your skin condition may change according to these elements, but the natural tendency of your skin will remain the same. For example, you may have an oily skin type, but because of dry weather and improper hydration, your skin may be dehydrated and feeling dry.
Let’s briefly go over each skin type.
* Normal skin is supple and well balanced, not too oily or too dry.
*Oily skin is shiny, with larger pores and is more prone to acne.
*Sensitive skin is usually dry and can easily become red and irritated.
*Dry skin will be flaky, dry and will feel tight. Complexion will be dull and pores will be smaller.
*Combination skin is usually oily through the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin. The skin around the cheeks and eyes will be dry.
Dos and Don’ts
-Wear an oil-free sunscreen. Sun exposure increases oil production
-Still use moisturizer, but be sure it’s for oily skin and it’s a light one.
If you don’t your skin will produce more oil within 4 hours, be open for bacteria and cause more acne blemishes.
-Don’t over-cleanse. If you do, you stimulate more oil production and disrupt the P.H of your skin. Two times per day is enough
-Stay away from mineral oils, lanolin and synthetic fragrances
-Increase fluids, but watch your caffeine intake
-Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser, only at night, not in the morning
-Also add a serum to your daily routine before your moisturizer and a face scrub to gently exfoliate those dead skin cells
-Stay away from synthetic fragrances
-Always test products on a small area before using all over your face
-Use cool water to cleanse the skin, especially at the end of every shower
-T-Zone tends to be the oily/problematic one, so use a lighter moisturizer there and a medium consistency on the rest of the face to make sure you’re feeding your skin properly
-Use proper products for each area of your face
-Be sure to exfoliate
It’s important to use the proper skin care products for your particular type of skin. Using the wrong product can aggravate your skin and make any skin condition you may be dealing with worse.
The best person to discuss this with.. your Esthetician, Me!
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