One of the banes of shopping for makeup or skincare is being asked “What’s your skin type?” Surprisingly (or not), as common as this question is, many of us don’t actually know what our skin type is. Or for those who do, what it actually means and how to take care of our skin.
If you’ve ever been confused when selecting foundation formulas or skin care regimes, fret not! Here are a few basic tips to understand your skin type, and how to care for it!
To understand the different classification of skin types, perhaps it would help to understand HOW they are classified – that is, depending on:
Moisture Levels in the skin – which affects skin elasticity
Natural oil production - which affects texture and pore-visibility
Sensitivity – which affects redness, outbreaks, or allergic reactions
It is also important to note that our skin type changes and never truly remains the same. Simply put, our skin is our largest organ, and it too is subjected to environmental and biological factors. With this understanding, you will be able to take better care of your skin and regulate your skin health!
While ‘normal’ is subjective, ladies with this skin type usually have balanced skin texture with a radiant, matte appearance. They have barely visible pores, and are not prone to sensitivity.
This skin type poses little to no limitations with regards to the type of skincare and makeup formulas that can be used. Simply put, whether it is a gel or foam cleanser, an oil-based or matte finish foundation, ladies with ‘normal’ skin can explore just about any formula and find the one they like best.
Ladies with this skin type tend to experience a layer of naturally secreted oil over the skin throughout the day, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). If proper care is not taken, the oil can start to clog up in the pores and cause them to be enlarged, resulting in large visible pores and a tough skin texture that feels rough. Other problems that may occur include blackheads and pimples.
Therefore it is extremely essential for ladies with oily skin to keep to a weekly routine of exfoliation (the gentle process of scrubbing that sloughs off dead skin cells at the top most surface of the skin) to prevent build up of dead skin and clogging of pores.
Gel or water based cleansers and moisturizers, along with oil-free or powder based foundations are the best bet for oil control. Mid-day touch ups with a pressed powder just in the T-zone are also an effective way to keep the shine at bay!
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Dry skin type can be identified by tightness in the skin, which is a sign of reduced skin elasticity. Ladies with dry skin might also experience flakiness, a dull complexion, and visible lines and cracking in the deeper layers of the skin. In certain extreme dryness, it may even lead to itchiness and peeling.
Gentle care must be given to dry skin to prevent a worsening of its condition. Avoid extremely hot or cold water when washing your face, and refrain from foaming cleansers as they tend to dry out the skin even more. A gentle weekly exfoliation will also help to remove all the dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion!
To supplement hydration, use serums and moisturizers which are high in antioxidants and collagen-boosting ingredients. Avoid powder-based makeup like compact foundations when choosing your makeup. Instead, use liquid foundations or BB creams, and use minimal powder when setting makeup – dust mostly in the T-zone, and avoiding the cheek area. Throughout the day, spritz on a face mist to keep the surface layer well hydrated and not looking flaky.
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Sensitive skin covers a range of symptoms; from redness and itchiness, to roughness and puffiness. The causes for sensitivity are also variable – factors such as climate, ingredients in products used, and even hormonal fluctuations. Remember that our skin is a living organ, and so its condition is also very much dependent on both the internal and external environment. Hence, levels of sensitivity can vary by the day.
One of the most important steps in your skincare regime would be Sun Protection! To prevent further aggravation to your skin from harmful UV rays, be sure to apply generous amounts of sunblock! More importantly, touching up on sunblock throughout the day will guarantee round the clock protection – thankfully we have our fan favorite Sun Protection Powder to help you do so without dealing with grease!
Probably the most common skin type, combination skin is exactly as its name suggests – a combination of 2 of the above skin types. For example: Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry, Oily/Sensitive etc. There are skin care and make up products that are catered to combination skin, which help to regulate moisture and oil levels.
It is important to note that while we may have a certain skin type, environmental and biological factors will play a part in our skin types changing from day to day. It is thus important to know the different ways to care for your skin depending on how it feels that day.
Organic makeup is also an option to consider, for the sole reason that ingredients used are plant derived and naturally cultivated from the earth. The elimination of chemicals and foreign ingredients from these products mean little to no damage to your skin, now and in the long term. Make the switch to organics today, and you’ll start to see an improvement in the appearance of your complexion, and dwell in the knowledge that you are protecting your skin from accelerated damage in the long run!