When it comes to makeup and beauty, there’s nothing more important than caring for your skin first. The skin is the body’s largest organ, therefore, in order to care for it properly, you need to understand your specific skin type and how it can change depending on its surround environment.
With the new year here, there’s plenty of people setting their 2020 new year’s resolutions. To set your skin goals, let’s first learn more about your skin type.
Normal skin is the one skin type everyone tries to reach for. Having normal skin is #skingoals however it can a little tricky to determine. So what makes up the components of normal skin?
- fine pores
- soft and smooth texture
- balanced pH levels which means the skin produces just enough oil to counteract any dryness
- little to no blemishes
- not prone to sensitivity
Just as the name suggests, oily skin is when your skin produces too much oil and sebum. Oily skin can change depending on the environment – for example, when the warmer season comes around, oily skin can be more prevalent. Some components that make up oily skin include:
- enlarged pores
- can often have shiny complexion, especially in the t-zone
- blemishes such as white or black heads
Dry skin is when your skin doesn’t produce enough natural oil, therefore leaving the skin extremely irritated and sometimes even itchy. There are many different things that can contribute to the dryness of skin including age, hormonal changes, genetics, the sun or even ingredients in skincare products.
You can identify dry skin through the following:
- little to no visible pores
- a dull or rough complexion
- visible lines or wrinkles, especially around the forehead, eyes and mouth area
- your skin has less flexibility and elasticity
Sensitive skin can often be associated with different types of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, rosacea etc. Having sensitive skin means that your skin will most likely react in a negative way when in contact with harsh products, therefore, always checking for ingredients is extremely important. The components that make up sensitive skin include:
- skin gets easily red if in contact with skincare products or even hands
- seems to have a sunburnt look
- visible blood vessels
Having combination skin basically means that your face experiences both oiliness and dryness. The oily areas tend to gather in the t-zone whereas the dryness can show up on the cheek area. This isn’t always the case though and those with combination skin may experience vastly different skin issues. Combination skin can be tricky to care for because if you use a very hydrating product for the dryness, the oily part of your skin will become even oilier. Therefore, you need to find products that work for both and not counteract each other.
The following components make up combination skin:
- oily t-zone (forehead, nose, chin)
- dry cheeks and/or chin
- pores on the nose may be larger than those on your cheek area
- you can experience both break outs and dry patches
No matter what type of skin you have, there are products out there for everyone. As long as you know which product goes where and when. Our skin is such an important part of our bodies so the utmost care is necessary!