When it comes to our skin, we are all widely different. There are five main skin types, and we can all have an element of each time depending on time of day, climate, time of year, and many other factors.
Our skin type is often hereditary, and so you may have had yours passed to you from one of your parents. It can be pretty annoying if you don’t know how to care for it properly, as some of the things you are doing might be making it worse, yet you don’t know why!
That’s why I’ve created useful guide, to help you discover your skin type, and work out the ways in which you can improve on it. Just because you have an undesirable element to your complexion, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it!
Normal skin is kind of self-explanatory, although I think the word ‘normal’ is a little unfair! I think it’s actually more ‘normal’ to have one of the other skin types to be honest.
The characteristics of normal skin are:
Having skin like that is the dream! If you have skin like this then I might just hate you a bit! [not really, but I’d be really jealous…]
Maintaining your skin is the only thing to worry about here! The main concern here would be protecting your skin from the sun. Make sure you wear an SPF moisturiser, and keep your skin out of the sun as much as possible between 11am and 2pm, when the sun is at it’s hottest.
You can afford to try out all kinds of products and makeup if you have normal skin, as these generally don’t tend to cause you any problems.
Again, kind of self-explanatory. This affects a lot of people, although I’ve heard it can be good at reducing the skin’s chances of wrinkling, due to the nature of the sebum production keeping you well moisturised [which is definitely something to smile about!]
Oily skin usually displays itself as:
Our skin usually produces oil because it is dry. You wouldn’t think, but it’s true! Your skin is parched, and so it over-compensates by creating lots of sebum [oil]. One of the best things to do is give it a good drink! Get more water into your diet, and use light, effective moisturisers, that don’t add more grease to your complexion.
Drinking more water is good for you no matter what skin type you have. It’s good for your insides, and helps remove toxins from your blood.
Dry skin is usually one of the most uncomfortable skin types to have. It can be sore, and sensitive, and needs some looking after.
Signs you have dry skin include:
The obvious answer here is again to get more moisture into your skin. Up your water intake and invest in some rich moisturisers that don’t aggravate you. Nivea do really good moisturisers for dry skin!
Dry skin often goes hand in hand with having sensitivity, so take some time to work out which products work for you, and which don’t. It can take a lot of trial and error, but it’s worth doing!
Again, like it says on the tin; sensitive skin is easily aggravated by certain chemicals and agents in skin care. It can be very frustrating to live with. Problems can happen when you have a reaction to something, and you can be left with a rash.
Sensitive skin is described as:
The best thing to do if you have sensitive skin is keep a skin care diary. Try new products that are aimed at people with sensitive skin, and see which ones cause you problems and which don’t.
It’s usually good practice to avoid things with perfume and go for simple, natural brands such as Burt’s Bees, or Simple. These usually have less harsh chemicals in them, and can be much more pleasant to use for people who struggle with sensitivity, and being allergic to lots of things.
This basically means that you have a mixture of skin types. You might have normal cheeks, and a dry jaw area, or oily cheeks and normal t-zone. Personally, I have combination skin. I have normal cheeks and an oily t-zone. Mostly, it’s about managing each area in the way that suits it best.
Things to look out for:
The best thing to do is work on each area and treat them as if they are completely separate from each other. Use a light, gentle cleanser, and don’t over-do the moisturiser.
I use coconut oil as a moisturiser more often than not, because it gives my skin a good dose of healthy moisturiser without the chemicals that can aggravate my t-zone and make it even more oily.
I also use face masks, and tend to use a different one on my t-zone than on the rest of my face. Each area needs a different thing, and so there’s no one product fits all with combination skin!
Use a purifying/detoxing one on an oily t-zone, and a hydrating one on normal/dry skin for the most effective set up.
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Once you know what you are dealing with, you can learn to deal with it. It’s all about taking the time to look at it a little more closely, and see if you can go at it in a different way.
Hi, my name’s Laura! I’m obsessed with nude lipsticks, messy buns and cushions. I have so many cushions…
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