How To Determine Your Skin Type & The Perfect Routine For It
We understand feeling overwhelmed when approaching the subject of skincare and skincare routines. There are so many products preaching that \ they treat it at all - oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, acne, sensitive, and mature skin but, how do you even know what category you fall into? How about once I figure it out, what then? How do I know what product will be best for me?
That's why we outlined some tips to help you identify your skin type and the best ways to protect and nourish it!
Skin Types & Remedies
1. Oily Skin
- If your skin always appears to be glowing or moist, you may be suffering from some oily build-up on your skin. Common areas that get oily quick are the creases of your nose, around your mouth and chin, and the center of your forehead.
- You may find your makeup shifts throughout the day and doesn't stay put, or that the it clumps in certain areas where it shouldn't.
- You may experience acne and blackheads more frequently as well as enlarged pores.
- Remedies: We want to knock out that shine first so avoid ingesting overly oily vitamins, foods, or beverages. Utilize oil-free moisturizers and makeup. Products labeled “non-comedogenic” work great for oily skin as these won’t clog up your pores. Utilizing weekly clay masks to pull toxins from your pores and tighten them will also help. More frequently washing your face will also keep it more dried out, but don't go overboard!
2. Dry & Dehydrated Skin
- If your skin regularly feels flaky, itchy, burning, or irritated then you likely are enduring dry skin. Dry skin can be caused by environmental factors, or by lifestyle or chronic conditions such as eczema.
- Dehydration is a result of your skin failing to retain moisture. Your skin may feel and resemble crisp paper and the appearance of fine, thin lines will be more apparent.
- Remedies: Invest in a high-quality rich moisturizer to apply a few times a day, especially after washing your face. Avoid strong fragrances, hard soaps, or largely citrus products as this can irritate the skin more. Keep your environment warm to induce healing. If your skin is dehydrated, water-based skin care products and makeup is a must as well as regularly rinsing your face with clean, cool water.
3. Combination Skin
- One of the most common skin types and easily one of the most frustrating to recognize. Combination skin makes for oiliness in some sections of your face, and dryness in others but is best recognized for oiliness in the t-zone.
- The t-zone is the strip of skin across your brow and down your nose. Then you can have dry or normal skin in patches in other sections of your face like the cheeks and upper forehead near the hair line.
- Remedies: It's all about balance when it comes to combination skin, you don't want to go overboard on alcohol or oil based products. Too much of either could dry out or overly moisturize your skin. We recommend isolating pesky problem areas with spot treatments and use toners or balancing cream to keep your skin healthy and evened out.
4. Acne-Prone Skin
- If you are constantly fighting at painful break-outs or dealing with the same one over and over again it seems, you may have acne-prone skin. This means that your pores are simply more susceptible to becoming clogged which makes it easier for the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. Acne-prone skin can have a tendency to be either dry or oily.
- Before trying heavy duty acne treatments, make sure with a dermatologist that you don't have rosacea, a common skin condition that can get confused with acne.
- Remedies: Employ cleansers, toners, and moisturizers specifically designed for acne treatment. Gentle apply your cleanser to the face as not to further irritate current acne breakouts. Then we suggest applying a soothing serum or topical gel to treat acne and lighten the effects of scarring.
5. Sensitive Skin
- Sensitive skin can be caused by a number of things but is often inherited.
- If your skin flushes easily, experiencing regular rashes, burning as a result of skin products, reacting poorly to fragrances, and you have patches of dry or itchy skin, then it's likely you possess sensitive skin.
- Remedies: You need to be careful and selective when choosing your skin care and makeup products. Avoid fragrances and irritants like alcohol or antibacterial ingredients. Look for products with fewer additives, and seek out those with calming, healing or anti-inflammatory properties.
Such a beautiful thing about humanity is that we are all so different and possess such unique qualities. To ensure we're maintaining a health body and mind-set, we should feed and support those unique qualities - including our skin type.