One of the first steps to building your own skincare routine is knowing what skin type you are. There is no way you can put together a routine that actually is effective without knowing this, and by knowing this finding products becomes so much easier. I mean, this is logic right? There are four main skin types and they all have different characteristics so here you go, which category do you fit in?
Starting with the most common:
Combination Skin (My Skin Type)
Combination skin consists of dry and oily areas, mainly oily within the T Zone (Nose and Forehead). This is what I call the puberty skin. It reminds me of when I was younger and I started to notice spots appearing around this area. My cheeks have always stayed spot free for as long as I can remember and still today remain clear, but I occasionally break out around the T Zone so knowing I have dry and oily patches, gives me a range of products effective to stop this. You can also tell if you’re in this category due to dilated pores, shiny skin and blackheads.
People with dry skin lack in moisture and natural oils causing them to appear rough and patchy. Dry skin can also cause your face to be less elastic than other people, making pores invisible and lines to appear. In some more extreme cases, dry skin can also cause the skin to crack and peel, or become itchy and inflamed. Some people who suffer from this can have other skin related problems such as eczema or psoriasis. The best treatments for this skin type are usually found from the doctors or chemists. Try to stay away from sun beds or consistent heat such as long baths. Other causes could be soaps, cosmetics, the weather or hormones. My tip to help dry skin, is to use a mild soap such as Oilatum Shower Gel.
These are the people we envy most! Little imperfections and blemishes, barely visible pores and a smooth complexion. People with this skin type also don’t suffer from sensitivity to normal skin care products.
Sensitive skin is usually one of the easiest skin types to ‘cure’. When I say cure I mean find the cause so it can be prevented. This is usually a type of soap or ingredient used in the soap to cause the irritation. You can notice sensitive skin from redness, sore patches, itching or a burning sensation when using a certain product. Try to find the cause of the reaction then cut this product out of your skincare routine.
This skin type is very noticeable due to a distinctive shine on the persons face, enlarged pores and lots of blackheads and blemishes. Oiliness can be caused by puberty or other hormone imbalances. To help oily skin, try and wash your face twice a day, or use a gentle cleanser.
Top Tips for keeping your skin healthy…
- Use suncream that blocks UV rays, especially in summer!
- Keep healthy, eat healthy and stay active.
- Drink lots of water! Water helps keep skin hydrated and flushes out all the nasty stuff.
- Don’t smoke or intoxicate yourself (Drugs and Alcohol).
- Stay clean! Have regular showers and always wash your hands.
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