Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Dear Favorite Faves,
Good-morning, bet your weekend is going great, hope you missed me because I most definitely did.
Would you agree with me if I said every skin-type has a problem? Yes it does and that is why using the proper skin-care products matter.
This week I would be sharing with you the importance of knowing your skin type, as it enables you use the products, right for your skin.
When you go the cosmetic store to get creams, lotion, make-up (most), cleansing products – facial wash, toners, mask, soaps, shampoo, sprays and all, you notice they specify the use and the skin type it is appropriate for, this is because the ingredients contained in it are for specific skin problems and the correction, treatment and care of each differently.
A dry skin would need more moisture and oil, while an oily skin would need less with a sebo-regulatory effect, a sensitive skin would need products to soothe and calm it down without alcohol.
If you reside in a country with change of weather condition then I am absolutely sure you notice the changes in your skin condition and you should know that the products you use at different seasons should be different. If you do not wear the same clothing for winter and summer, what makes you think your skin does not deserve better?
DRY – This skin-type initially feels like the best until it begins to undergo harmful effects of the environment, or as aging your skin changes to this skin-type. How do you know a dry skin-type? It has a rough, dull surface, visible lining, less elasticity, almost invisible pores and patches. Avoid exposure to drying factors, radiation, long hot showers, harsh cosmetic products.
NORMAL – This skin-type is not thick, it is not too dry or too oily. Less visible pores, less sensitivity, little to no imperfections, good temperature change and a radiant complexion Avoid exposure to drying factors, protect the skin against harmful agents.
OILY – This is usually though to be the most problematic skin-type as it ensures only proper skin care products and any mistakes affects the individuals self-esteem. It is associated with abnormal discharge of sebum, this is why using the proper skin care products matter, to regulate the sebum production and avoid clogging of the pores. An oily skin can be with seborrhea or without (dry) Skin is usually dull or shiny with big pores, bad temperature change, prone to blackheads, white heads, pimples and blemishes. Avoid cold with this skin type and do not skip your cleaning routine.
SENSITIVE – Over-time due to harsh chemicals in the products used some skin-types develop sensitivity and excess drying out, if you notice a redness after washing your skin or generally just react badly to normal skin-care products then you fall under this category. Use products that soothe, calm and relief the skin. Panthenol (pantothenic acid an analogue of vitamin B5) is good it has an anti-stress effect and reduces inflammations.
COMBINATION – Note that the skin can have a mixture of any of the other skin types stated above in different areas of the skin. As such it is called a combination, but it is mostly used in describing the facial skin because of the typical T-zone area which is a classic for the nose and forehead being oily while the cheeks are not, this skin-type is prone to blackheads, shiny skin and needs extra particular care as well.
Now that you know how to differentiate your skin-type, it is time to correct the skin-care products you use accordingly and I hope you understand by now that due to the differences in the skin nature the skin care products contains ingredients for such purposes to correct the skin problems.
Avoid long hot showers, it drys the skin and moisture.
Love, Favorite Physician.