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What's Your Skin Type?

Posted on 12 December 2016

Kicking off any new skin care routine can be daunting, especially if you’ve never had one. But with so many options, how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Before you start loading up on products, it’s important that you first answer this... “What is your skin type?”

Do you know? I mean, do you really know?? Knowing your skin type can be the difference between a major break-out and seeing actual results! It is the key to identifying the regimens that are most suited to your skin, and possibly finding the answer to all of your skin woes.

Broadly speaking, there are 5 major skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin. Each of these differ based on a number of factors including genetics, water in the skin and oiliness. Some types will share characteristics which can make it a little harder to figure out, but don’t panic! Just be sure to evaluate your skin honestly using these facts. Keep in mind that every skin type is unique to the individual so, avoid ALL skin comparison with others! It’s just not beneficial.

Now let’s start, shall we?...

Normal skin is typically balanced; It’s neither too dry nor too oily, and tends to tolerate a wide variety of skincare routines.

Dry skin, on the other hand, is often characterized by a more muted and irregular complexion. Dry skin lacks elasticity and suppleness and is more susceptible to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, irritation, itchiness and cracks. Because of this, it requires products with more moisturizing power to effectively target those concerns.

Oily skin also displays a muted complexion and often shows signs of irritation, blemishes, as well as an oily sheen. Pores on this skin type tend to be enlarged making it prone to acne and blemishes. The excess oils in the skin can be due to - and affected by  factors such as weather, genetics, stress and hormonal changes.

Combination skin is the most common of all. This type is characterized by a mix of factors from dry, normal and oily skin type. While some areas of the skin may be dry or normal (cheeks, the neck and the area around the eyes, for example), others, like the infamous “T-zone” (forehead, nose and chin), are usually oily. These differing areas in the skin often require a combination of products that address each area’s specific concern.

Last but certainly not least, is sensitive skin. Individuals with this skin type are prone to redness, dryness, itchiness, and sometimes burning. Individuals with this skin type should familiarize themselves with the triggers that provoke reaction, and should take care to use products that contain more natural formulations, as well as introduce new products slowly to make sure their skin is adjusting well.

Whether your skin type is predominantly normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive, it’s important to treat it right! Whatever your specific concerns may be, there are solutions for you. YOU have the power to manage and care for your skin, to make it (and you) the happiest it could be. So, what are you waiting for?

Let's start the journey to a happier, more radiant you.

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