What’s Your Skin Type?
The most important step in caring for your skin comes is to understand your skin type or condition, how it adapts to certain circumstances or seasonality. Your skin is equally as complex and intelligent as your heart, lungs, liver and other vital organs, taking the time to learn your skin’s specific needs will help you to choose the right options that will balance skin resulting in a healthier, more radiant complexion.
The three main skin types/conditions are referred to as Normal/Combination, Oily and Dry.
Dry skin may feel tight and may experience noticeable flaking throughout the day. It may be a result of skin physiology, environmental factors, aging, hormonal changes, and climate. Dehydration may also be a cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water and avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can make a significant difference in how your skin feels and looks.
Routine exfoliation with gentle ingredients help promote skin cell regeneration without removing skin’s natural oils. This and daily cleansing will allow serums and treatments easily get absorbed and work better. The best moisturizers for dry skin are infused with hyaluronic acid / sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, and marine actives like algae, because
of their ability to attract water and deliver it directly to skin cells. Emollients, including squalene and camellia oil, help smooth and hydrate your skin evenly and effectively.
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The lucky ones, as addressed by many.
People with normal/combination skin often experience dryness on the cheeks but moremoisturized at the T-zone, making it important to find a moisturizer that is not too heavy but one substantial enough to retain moisture where needed most. Gentle cleansing and routine exfoliation is also important to keep the t-zone and cheek areas balances.
Moisturizers with a gel-like texture are absorbed more quickly and less likely to cause breakouts. Start with a small amount and increase as needed to avoid over-moisturizing and stressing the skin.
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Excess oil sometimes causes the skin to feel like an over worked drainage.
The larger pores of oily skin types allow it look younger and more supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle. Oilier skin is also prone to PIH (post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation), a condition which leaves dark spots on the skin after a breakout has healed. Exfoliation and routine skin acre will also help lighten these dark
spots by polishing away the uppermost layers of skin and revealing new cells. Those with moderate to severe acneic breakouts should consider using products infused with anti-bacterial ingredients to speed healing and prevent future blemishes.
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SPECIAL NOTE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Sensitive skin condition may affect any particular skin from Dry to Oily. Managing it can be a handful as well.
Sensitive skin can be challenging as it takes considerable time and effort to determine what irritates. Never experiment so many formulations on your face at once, it’s not a cooking pot, darling! Endeavor to always do a patch test of your new product on your inner forearm or the area behind one of your ears before using it on your face.
Look for labels that identify formulas as non-irritating and non-sensitizing and free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA, as these ingredients may cause redness and itchiness.
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Change is inevitable to our skin and taking steps to best identify its care and treatment is essential for it to function well and look its best.