October 05, 2022

Why should you care about your Skin Type?

Understanding your Skin Type will make a difference in what products you use on your skin and what ingredients to watch out for.

Oftentimes people will use products on their skin because a friend told them to, they read about it online or saw it recommended on TikTok. This is not a good idea however because your skin is unique to you. Following other people’s recommendations can lead to using inappropriate products for your skin and cause more harm than good.

When we talk about skin types, we can divide your skin up into 5 skin types:
Dry, Normal, Combination, Oil and Sensitive.

Although sensitive skin is not technically a true skin type, I include it because so many people that I see for skin care services have sensitive and reactive skin as their benchmark.

 

 

Which Skin Type are you?

After reading the summary of each Skin Type, choose 1 or 2 out of the five while keeping in mind the most dominant one first.

Dry: Your skin feels dry after you cleanse. Your skin feels dry most of the time.

Normal: Your skin is not too dry or too oily. Your skin does not easily get irritated or react to products.

Combination: Your forehead, nose and chin feels oily (known as T-zone). Your cheeks are dry and/or sensitive.

Oily: Your skin feels oily throughout the day. You want to use a wipe or paper to blot your skin.

Sensitive: Your skin is reactive and easily gets irritated from the environment, products and/or foods that you eat or drink.

**Although sensitive skin is not technically a true skin type, I consider it so because so many people that I see for skin care services have sensitive and reactive skin as their benchmark.

From my holistic approach as an esthetician I strive to get your skin to a normal balanced state with your skin so that your skin as an example will feel less dry and sensitive or less oily and sensitive.

Now acne is not included in this list because that is considered a skin condition and not a skin type. Before we treat your acne we first need to understand your true skin type.

Do you experience hormonal acne?

Is your skin breaking out and has active pimples, pustules, papules, cystic acne chances are you are experiencing hormonal acne.

Stay tuned for my next blog on understanding your skin condition and how to treat it?


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