What Skin Type Do I Have?

In the age we live in, where everyone is so conscious of how they look or portray themselves, with so much knowledge at our finger tips there is no excuse for not taking the proper care for your skin. Why is it important to use the right products for your skin? As time goes by we are exposed to free radicals in various forms which can cause damage to the skin.

In a nutshell, free radicals cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation. Oxidation causes ageing. What plays a role in this? Fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollutants, and many more. Because we are exposed to these factors on a daily basis, its best advised to give your face a wash at the end of the day and use the right moisturiser to help keep your skin in tip top shape.

Different skin types have different needs, hence the need for moisturisers which meet the various needs.

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3 main types of skin-types:

Dry Skin

Characteristics:

Can be dull in appearance, some flaky sections may occur, especially around the corners of the mouth, eyes and forehead.

Often feels tight, uncomfortable or itchy.

More prone to wrinkles.

Care: find a gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry the skin out. Often face washes will be specifically made for certain skin types.

Apply moisturizer in the AM and PM before bed.

Eat a healthy diet with plenty of good fats, fruits & veg as well as drinking lots of water.

 

oily and dry skin diagram

 

Oily Skin

Characteristics:

Surface typically feels or looks greasy/shiny, often with visible pores.

Often acne and other blemishes accompany this skin type.

Less prone to wrinkles.

Care:

Avoid washing your face too much. This will overstimulate the oil glands in your skin and cause more break outs.

Use a moisturizer specifically for oily-skins:

Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to help balance hormones often associated with oily skin problems.

Combination skin 

Characteristics:

Central band of skin (the t-zone) is oilier than the rest of the extremities of the face which care usually dry to normal.

Care:

Finding a cleanser that doesn’t dry skin out too much as well as not stimulating the oil glands in the t-zone is key.

Once again a healthy, balanced diet and wearing a good sunscreen is always a must!

 

It can really be overwhelming when you walk in to a store and need to pick out a skin care range or product. Do your research beforehand, speak to friends about products they use and use Google to read reviews and blog posts but most importantly, choose a product that is suited to YOUR skin type regardless of brand 🙂

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