Wondering how to identify your skin type and figure out the behaviour of your skin?
Here’s our ultimate guide that will help you to know your skin better.
What Determines the type of Skin
Simple Genetics :
The biggest role is played by your genes, which decide how dry or oily or sensitive your skin will be. And you might inherit your skin type or issues from your Mom and Dad
changing weather or Relocating to a new environment can change your skin type and skin concerns sometimes for the better as well.
Our hormones usually fluctuate at different times at different age in our lives which includes pregnancy,which can affect our skin’s behavior drastically.
it puts a big impact as well because of Your Rx might cause your skin to become drier or more sensitive as a side effect which leads to breakouts.
Your daily habits can definitely affect your skin for better or for worse maybe Consult to your doc if you think a food allergy might be the source of your skin woes or any reaction.
Skin Care –
using the wrong formula or wrong product on the wrong time can throw off your skin’s balance. So lets get started with knowing some tips for better skin.
How to Know Your Skin Type
Determining your skin type can be done with just a simple test. Just follow these steps mentioned below
Step 1: Wash out your face with a gentle cleanser to remove all makeup, oil and dirt and let it sit
Step 2: Pat dry face with a soft towel and leave the skin bare. Without applying any moisturizers or serums. Let your skin act naturally without any product on
Step 3: Wait for about an hour During this time do not touch your face After an hour, look closely on your skin and note the quality of your skin
How to Identify: If the skin feels tight or itchy especially after cleansing or if you never feel like you can get enough moisture, after applying many layers of your favourite moisturiser then you have dry skin.
It is also very important to note that there is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type which is caused by a lack of oil production in the skin. Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water intake and is a temporary skin condition due to climate, environmental factors or not drinking enough water which tends to get better with the changes of the same mentioned above
Causes: dry Skin that is genetically predisposed to produce less oil (or sebum)due to hormone imbalance, dry climate, heaters during cold weather, hot showers/baths, medications, and age these factors impact alot
What to Avoid: Alcohol is a big no for dry skin people and sulfate-based products which can strip your skin’s natural oils and leads to dry skin
How to Identify: Oily skin is shiny, or you may notice a lot of excess oil on your face, neck, shoulders and back always and You may always feel like to wash your face again and again and specially in midday when oil production is at its peak.Your pores tend to appear larger or get clogged easily, which starts leading to blackheads,whiteheads, pimples or cystic acne. The good news is that studies show that the moisture from oily skin might help prevent wrinkles and ageing
Cause: The skin has a sebaceous glands which overproduce oil (sebum) due to genetic makeup. Other causes may include hormones, humid climates, or over drying your skin which forces it to produce more oil and leads to more and more breakout
What to Avoid: Oil-based cleansers are a big no. look for products that aren’t alcohol based or contain sulfates which can dry out skin and it makes your skin release more oil and make things worse.
How to Identify: if Your skin is oily and has larger pores, or breaks out in your T-zone like forehead, nose, chin but is dry or normal on your cheeks and jawline then it is combination skin type Combination skin is very tricky to treat since you have to look after two different issues using different type of products
Cause: Genes usually put impact or an overproduction of oil in the T-zone area.the products you are using might also be causing some skin imbalance. If you’re attempting to treat the oily areas, you could end up drying out the dry areas and vice versa and it really makes complicated to adapt a proper skin care for combination skin type.
We will be covering normal skin and sensitive skin in next blog post , so stay tuned .
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