THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING WHAT TYPE OF SKIN YOU HAVE

The knowledge of Different Skin Types

You may not believe this or have enough knowledge, but it is quite important to know what type of skin you have, as this will help you to know the right type of products to put on your skin, because not everyone has the same skin type, so what works for others will not always work for you and vice versa.

Funny story; early 2018, I was watching The Real Daytime and they were talking about how certain parts of your face can be related to the problems of your body. So, for example, if you start developing pimples on your nose then it could be signs that you have digestive problems. One that particularly stood out for me was that if you start developing acne on your forehead it is a sign that you are not sleeping well or not having the right amount of sleep, and well, I held on to that. I really did not get enough sleep as I was doing my last year in high school so I had to study really hard for universities. So, as time went, when I started to see that I am developing pimples I would stress that it’s because of my lack of sleep. Until it was during the holidays when I finally did start getting enough sleep but the pimples were still active on my forehead. At that point I did not know what was going on anymore because I got enough sleep, I drank water and I washed my face everyday, but jokes on me, I did not know that I was actually just experiencing late puberty so my skin type is only now starting to show. The ordinary products I was using since I was little do not work for me anymore. I needed products that can suit my now skin type, which turned out to be oily skin because the pimples came from the greasy oil that stayed on my face in the late afternoon. My forehead couldn’t handle it and decided to break out, and here I was thinking…

So there are three most common skin types; Oily skin, Combination skin, and Dry skin. I will be explaining all three skin types, the signs to identify what type of skin you have, what may be positively effective for that type of skin, and what you may want to avoid, as this will be effective in the long run so that your skin is happy, so that you can be happy and we can all start glowing!

THE TYPES

OILY SKIN

Oily skin type is actually a natural skin type to have as our bodies naturally release sebum, which is a natural skin oil that protects our skin from harsh environments, so oily skin is actually pretty healthy, as long as you can wash the excess oil. What’s also good about oily skin is that it still has moisture though many soaps and shampoos can strip the good oils off.

Key Points of Oily Skin

  • Your skin produces a lot of sebum, leading to what is called Seborrhea
  • You sweat more than other skin types as your sebaceous glands are over-active.
  • You look like you’ve put on some heavy petroleum jelly during the afternoon.

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin type is said to be the most common skin type as many people tend to have this type, where some parts are oily (more likely to be the T-zone) whereas other parts are dry. Others may even have uneven skin tone, sensitivity in certain areas of the skin and a hard time finding the right skin routine.

Key Points of Combination Skin

  • Your skin produces both a lot and a little of sebum in different parts of your face & body.
  • You have uneven skin tone, some areas being light and others having dark patches.
  • You are prone to both breakouts and flaky skin.
  • You can also be prone to dandruff.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin type is when your skin does not retain a lot of moisture, meaning you do not produce or receive the right oils enough, and this can be caused by many factors such as using harsh soaps, bathing a lot, aging and a number of medical skin conditions.

Key Points of Dry Skin

  • Your skin produces little sebum, which may even cause Xerosis.
  • It lacks enough lipids to retain moisture and protect from external influences.
  • Skin can get dryer as you age.
  • In some cases, skin may be prone to eczema.

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR SKIN TYPE

OILY SKIN

  • You have enlarged and visible pores.
  • You experience a glossy shine during the day.
  • You are prone to sweating more than other skin types.
  • You may also be prone to comedones (blackheads & whiteheads) and types of acne.

COMBINATION SKIN

  • Skin can feel pretty oily and sweaty in some places, and tight/rough in others.
  • Your T-zone appears more oily, while jawline and cheeks can be dry.
  • You can also experience a number of whiteheads.

DRY SKIN

  • Skin feels itchy, rough and so dry that it is tight and sometimes ‘cracky’.
  • You put on moisturizer, but within a couple of hours it’s dry again.
  • Most often, women have dry skin type than men.

WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

OILY SKIN

  • Applying an oil-control moisturizer everyday. Not applying a moisturizer because you think ‘your skin is oily already’ can actually have negative impacts, as your skin will notice that there’s no moisturizer applied and if it feels dry then with the excess sebum it has, it will release these natural oils, for balance, causing you to be oily again.
  • Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly, without any added ingredients. If you find that oil-control moisturizers are too expensive for you, or you’d still like to get that glow then pure petroleum can also work on oily skin as it is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not contain any oils that will clog your pores.
  • Opt for good skin cleansers rather than soaps. Soaps will more likely dry out your skin and cause the reaction of more oils being released, so choosing skin cleansers will help so that your skin is clean while also quite moisturized instead of dried out

COMBINATION SKIN

  • Exfoliate weekly. This will help to remove the comedones on your face, meaning your large pores will not be clogged anymore and your dead skin cells have been scraped off, while also this can allow for some nourishment on the dry areas of your face. You may look for a variety of safe chemical exfoliators at your nearest drugstore, or create your own using organic products such as honey and brown sugar.
  • For your hair, wash it everyday. Cleanse your hair and scalp daily (since the scalp is also part of the skin), but without any shampoo. Shampoo is more likely to dry out your scalp, creating more dandruff. So just wash it to keep it moisturized, but only with conditioner. Your combination skin type will love you for this.
  • You may also try to have & apply two moisturizers. Not a lot of cosmetic brands provide for combination skin, so while you’re trying to figure out your way into one good moisturizer, you may try using two; one for your T-zone (oil-control moisturizers) and one for the rest of your face (greasy moisturizers).

DRY SKIN

  • Opt for moisturizers that are thick and greasy than lightweight moisturizers as the greasy ones absorb into your skin cells deeper, which helps to nourish your skin for longer.
  • Have and use a humidifier, especially during the winter when the weather can be windy and harsh on skin. A humidifier is basically this appliance that sets your room or area to a more humid or damp environment, allowing the air to be moist which can help for a dry skin type.
  • Drinking plenty of water. This is quite self-explanatory, as drinking a lot of water can help keep your skin hydrated which balances out the dehydration that you already have affecting your skin, so aqua will really help to nourish your body and ultimately your skin. Turns out those cliche ‘drink a lot of water’ advices are not actually so cliche.

WHAT TO AVOID FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

OILY SKIN

  • Sitting in the sun for too long. While Vitamin D from then rays of the sun are good for you, enlarged pores and being greasy while you have oily skin is not, so if you do have to or feel the urge to sit in the sun try to wear a cap that can protect your face and apply an oil-control sunscreen.
  • Oily and fatty foods. As much as you’d like to eat that doughnut and that greasy breakfast from your favourite fast-food joint, you’ll also have to think of your skin. The long-term effects that these fatty foods can have are definitely not worth it.
  • Touching your face too often. Hands are used for numerous things, which means they can get dirty pretty easily. If you touch your face too much, not only will you be adding those impurities to your skin, but you’re also drying out your face and this will only cause your skin to release more oils to balance out the dryness. Try to touch it less, or if need be, make sure that those hands are clean.

COMBINATION SKIN

  • Products that clog your pores. Applying heavyweight products, especially in the wrong places, can clog your pores or make you shine way too much, so lightweight products that absorb quicker into the skin can really work best for combination skin type. Basically, try to stick to non-comedogenic products.
  • Products that have excess fragrances. Combination is basically a mix of oily and dry skin, and dry skin is a bit more sensitive, especially to fragrances that are chemically-designed. This can cause your skin to be irritated and ultimately break out, so try to avoid these types of products to secure your skin.
  • Doing anything that can make you sweat too much. Sweating while you have combination skin can lead to a complication because your pores are likely to open up and welcome/be open to comedones, so try to have blotting paper always. That way you keep the sweat at bay.

DRY SKIN

  • Using a lot of soap. I mean, naturally your skin is already dry, so using ordinary soap every day (and maybe even at night too) will just dry your skin out more. Try to minimize your use of soaps, or instead try moisture-based soaps such as Dove and Olay which will still cleanse your skin while also nourishing it.
  • Scratching your skin. This can be pretty bad, I mean really bad. Scratching your skin is basically taking the moisture off of it and putting it on your nails/fingertips. Now imagine scratching while there is no moisture, you’re only creating more dryness, so do try to avoid this by all means. If need be, then just rub the area with your hands and make sure your hands are moisturized.
  • Showering or bathing for a long time. Try to bath for less time than the average (about 10 minutes daily), as this will help your skin not strip the oily layer that can be helpful for dry skin. Lukewarm water is also best, rather than very warm water.

So ultimately, knowing your skin type is very important as there are a variety of factors that go with it, to help keep your specific type glowing.
Do you know yours now ? Comment down below, and what you are planning to do.

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