Skin care has always been one of those things that I’ve been relatively interested in, but never really understood. Sure, I know all about the usual suspects: Wash my face twice a day. Moisturize. Don’t pick at my pimples/scabs/dry skin.
But what are the best products for my skin? Do I have dry skin? Oily skin? Sensitive skin? What does all that mean and how can I figure out which category I fall into? And most importantly, what should I do to manage it? These are questions that have stumped me for years.
I decided to do some research and figure out exactly how to classify your skin type and then take the appropriate steps to address it.
If you’ve been spending a lot of time looking for ways to make your skin look better, and/or, understand what type of skin you’ve got and what’s the best way to care for it, then you’re in the right place.
Having good skin is important to both men and women. Men are not immune from wanting their skin to look healthy and young. The difference is that men are less likely to spend time with skincare products than women do. But regardless of gender, no one wants to have a skin that makes them look bad. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to help keep your face healthy and looking its best.
The first step in caring for your skin is knowing what type of skin you have and finding out what type of products will work best for your particular needs. The three major types of skin are normal, dry and oily. Normal skin usually has large pores, but they aren’t really noticeable because they don’t collect dust or oil as easily as other types of pores do. Dry skin has smaller pores but they may be more visible because they gather dirt more easily than normal pores do. Oily skin has large pores that tend to get clogged easily with dust, oil and dirt which may
With so many skin products on the market, it can be hard to decide which to use. After all, what works for your best friend or family member may not work for you at all. That’s because skin type is determined by genetics and varies from person to person.
To determine your skin type, follow these steps:
– Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
– Wait 30 minutes without touching your face (no makeup either).
– Check your face in a mirror or take a good look at it; you’re going to be looking for shine and pores.
– If you have shine and enlarged pores, then you have oily skin. If you have enlarged pores with no shine, then you have combination skin. If you don’t see any shine or enlarged pores, then you have normal/dry skin.
Now that you know which category your skin falls into, here’s what to do:
Sensitive skin is often described as a skin type, but it’s not. It’s actually a condition that any skin type can experience. Sensitive skin may be caused by inflammation triggered by external irritants and allergens, hormonal fluctuations, or internal imbalances.
There are several ways to find out if your skin is sensitive:
Reactivity: When you touch your skin or apply products, do you experience stinging, burning, or irritation?
Redness: Does your skin look red or flushed?
Blotchiness: Do you have red spots or blotchiness?
Excessively dry: Is your skin exceptionally dry?
Eczema: Do you have eczema?
Rashes: Do you get rashes easily when exposed to environmental factors such as heat, cold and wind? Or even after applying products?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then chances are that your skin is sensitive. If this is the case for you, then it is important to avoid certain ingredients that can trigger reactions and further aggravate sensitivity. Here are some ingredients known to cause reactions in sensitive skin types:
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The skin is a remarkable organ that protects the body from infection, regulates body temperature and prevents water loss. Skin has many layers, including the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. The epidermis contains three main types of cells: keratinocytes, which produce the tough protein keratin; melanocytes, which produce the brown pigment called melanin; and Langerhans cells, part of the immune system.