Your skin is not the most complex organ as it seems to be, although some people have challenges with their skin from as early as their teenage years due to puberty and sometimes all the way through to their adulthood. Your skin, like your hair, requires you to understand it, be patient, and gentle with it. This means we all have different types of skin that require different skincare products and regimes; thus, it is imperative for you to know what your skin type is. This article, therefore, will cover 5 main skin types, namely, normal, dry, combination, oily, and sensitive skin.
The market is flooded with millions of skincare brands, making it even more difficult to decide which product to use. Knowing your skin type, though, is the key to helping you choose and buy the right products suitable for her skin type.
Have you ever noticed people with problematic skin who pick up advice from a lot of people then purchase all kinds of products in hopes to clear their skin but instead, it gets worse? Just because a product works on one person, does not mean that it will work on everyone and this is where most people get it wrong. They use products that cater to oily skin on dry skin and so forth and that may do more harm than good.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN
Here I will be taking you through the different types of skin, how to identify the type of skin you have, and how you can go about taking care of your skin in accordance with your skin type.
This skin type is balanced with no excessive oil nor dryness, people with normal skin rarely react to products or develop other problems such as acne. This skin type is easier to maintain, and it is seen as the best skin type amongst all.
How to identify it? Normal skin is smooth, with no sensitivity, no blemishes, and few or no breakouts.
How to maintain normal healthy skin? you should use skincare products that cater to normal skin, avoid using harsh products, limit your shower or bath time, moisturizer your skin daily so it retains its moisture, and always use sunscreen.
Dry skin is simply dry and dehydrated as it produces less sebum, most people with dry skin tend to have a dull and flaky look. Dry skin is often caused by over-exfoliation and using products that contain alcohol which strips off skin’s natural oils. This skin type is more likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles prematurely if not taken care of.
How to identify dry skin? Flaky, uneven and feels tight.
How to take care of dry skin? You should avoid very hot baths and showers as these tend to cause more dryness. You should use natural oil-based cleansers or gentle cleansers, toners that contain no alcohol as well as creamier moisturizers. Exfoliators used for dry skin should be mild and moisturizers should be applied immediately after bath or shower before the skin dries out, this helps the skin to lock in moisture.
Combination skin is not so obvious as dry and oily skin, some people who have combination skin can have drier skin in winter and oilier skin in summer and some tend to be oiler on the forehead and the nose areas (T-zone) while experiencing dryness on the cheek area.
How to identify combination skin? You’ll usually have an oily T-zone area which causes breakouts and dry/sensitive cheeks.
People with combination skin tend to be confused as to which products to use, there are brands that create products specifically for combination skin which may or may not work on some people. How to take care of combination skin? The best way to go about taking care of combination skin is by doing a selective regime by using different products. You can use products for oily skin on the T zone and those that cater to dry skin on the cheek area or alternate the products depending on the weather at that particular time or how dry or oily your skin is at that point.
Many people do not understand sensitive skin, often people with acne and those with allergies classify their skin as sensitive which is not true. Sensitive skin comes with a variety of skin ailments such as eczema and rosacea and most times sensitive skin consistently reacts with certain ingredients in products.
How to identify sensitive skin? constant itchiness when changing products, tightness, uneven texture, reaction to most skincare products, flushing, rashes, dry patches, and breakouts that never goes away. How to take care of sensitive skin? This skin type may require medical attention if symptoms become severe.
One thing to understand is that anyone can react to certain harsh or strange ingredients but if such reactions are consistent then it may be a sign of sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin should avoid harsh and strong skincare products, fragranced products, and they should not over wash their skin or apply tons of products as this may worsen the skin. Mild cleansers, exfoliators, moisturizers, and sunscreen are recommended.
In as much our skin types make us react to certain products differently, there are other conditions and circumstances that can affect the way our skin turns out. Change of environment, seasons, and water can change your skin and these are some things you should look out for.