DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES
Everyone’s skin is different and it will change over time but it is very important to know your skin type so that you can get the right products. The products you use and your skin care routine should all depend on your type of skin so that your skin can look it’s best. If you didn’t know there are 5 types of skin.
If you have shiny, greasy skin and get breakouts on a regular basis you most likely have oily skin. Oily skin is medically known as seborrhea and you have this skin type because our body makes oil to keep our skin nice and soft, but if too much oil is produced it can lead to oiliness, which is one of the leading causes of acne. It’s also important to know that your genetics can be the reason you have oily skin. Some people see their oily skin go away as time goes by. Sadly that’s not the case for everyone. A way to control your skin is to find a daily skin care routine that works with you. It’s so important to wash your face twice a day to make sure there's no makeup, dead skin, and debris. A great thing to carry around with you is blotting sheets, to take away some of the shine. I know that some people are embarrassed about having oily skin but having oily skin has benefits like aging slowly and preventing wrinkles and fine lines. Oils that are perfect for oily skin are chamomile oil, jojoba oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil, tea tree oil, and grapeseed oil.
You have dry skin if lines develop easily, have a tight appearance, look dull/lackluster, or is flaky and dry. Dry skin is caused by lack of water in the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). Elderly people are more prone to dry skin than younger people. Having dry skin is common to people that have a history with eczema and those with hypothyroidism. A way to help dry skin is to stop washing frequency and moisturize a lot throughout the day. If you don’t treat your dry skin many complications may occur like secondary bacterial infections, skin discoloration, eczematous dermatitis, and more. Luckily dry skin is normally mild and can be fixed. Oils that will help your skin are cedarwood oil, sandalwood oil, rosehip oil, ylang-ylang oil, chamomile oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil.
Having an oily T-zone, prone to black and whiteheads, have enlarged pores, and have a normal to dry eye and cheek area. Combination skin is mostly caused by your genetics but can also be caused by the skin care products your using. Using skin care products that are too harsh to your skin can dry out some parts of your face while stimulating oil productions in other parts of your face. You can take care of combination skin by using SPF before you go out in the sun, a gentle cleanser, BHA exfoliant, a hydrating toner, and use serums and moisturizers every day. Six best oils for this skin type are jojoba oil, rosehip oil, chamomile oil, cedarwood oil, geranium oil, and manuka oil.
A way to know you have normal skin is if you have little to no blemishes, comfortable skin, and a healthy radiance. Many people do have normal skin. If you have this type of skin you can take care of it by only washing it twice a day, don’t scrub, use a gentle cleanser, don’t pick or pop pimples, use SPF, use a toner that has a lot of skin-replenishing ingredients, moisturize, and a hydrating exfoliant. Oils like jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and apricot kernel oil are great for this skin type.
If you have redness spots on your face, blotchy patches, and broken capillaries then you have sensitive skin. People say they have sensitive skin when they use a product and afterwards their skin starts stinging, burning, and get redness. If you really want to know for sure that you have sensitive skin, you should have your skin checked out by a dermatologist. Some of the causes are having overly dry skin, skin disorders like eczema, skin damaged by environmental factors, age, and genetics. When washing a sensitive skin make it quick, use soap to clean the dirty areas since soap and sensitive skin don’t go together, look for soaps and cleansers that say “for sensitive skin”, don’t use hot water, dry your skin gently, don’t scrub, and moisturize afterwards.
Eating healthy can also help your skin. When using sunscreen it should be SPF 30 or higher and the active ingredients needs to be just titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. A few oils that are great for sensitive skin are argan oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil.