We all are genetically born with a skin type. As we age, our skin changes due to the environment we live in and other common factors such as stress, hormones, diet, and more. This is commonly known as a skin condition. No matter what our skin goes through within our lifetime, our skin type will always remain the same but our skin condition may change from time to time.
Embrace and love your genetic skin type! Now let us make sure we take the right steps to balance your skin.
I think we all can agree the one main goal for all skin types is getting as close to having a normal healthy skin type.
The key to healthy skin is maintaining a balance between oil and water.
So if you are wondering how to balance the oil and water ratio for your skin type, below are easy steps to maintain balance:
Oily Skin: Enlarged pores, excessive oil production, prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and/or acne.
Fact: Excess oil production happens when there is a lack of water content on the skin.
Common issue: Oily skin types tend to use ingredients that will dry out the skin so much without realizing the natural oils needed to balance the skin are also becoming stripped. These drying products can also cause more dehydration which in the long run will produce more oil in the end.
Solution: Avoid astringents and use more products that contain more water binding ingredients such as Hyarulonic Acid.
Dry Skin: Minimal-to-no pores, no oil production, prone to sensitivity, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and/or uneven texture.
Fact: Dry skin happens when there is little to no oil secretion and also a lack of water content on the skin.
Common issue: Dry skin types tend to be heavy-handed on rich creams without taking the time to use the right type of exfoliation treatment. Without proper exfoliation, leave on products such as serums and moisturizer ends up sitting on the skin’s surface without penetrating deeper into the skin to help achieve the best results.
Solution: Use more exfoliants that contain alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid. This type of AHA will help hydrate a.k.a increase water content, retexturizes, smooths fine lines, and brightens dullness. Lactic acid will help digest dead skins cells to allow your conditioning serums and moisturizers to work and penetrate into the skin.
Combination Skin: Oily t-zone and dry and/or dehydrated on the rest of the skin.
Fact: Combination skin is the most common skin type but also may vary person to person.
Common issue: Combination skin types tend to focus on their main skin concern.
For example, one client has an oily t-zone, breakouts on the chin and also experiences dehydration under the eyes, high cheekbones and, upper forehead. Their go-to products are a Salicylic Acid Face Wash, Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment and an Oil-Free Moisturizer which they apply each product throughout the entire face. Can anyone point out where this routine may go wrong?
Solution: Use targeted products where it is needed. Like the scenario mentioned above, use the Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment only on the areas where active acne appears. Also make sure your daily moisturizer has water-binding ingredients such as aloe, cucumber, and Hyaluronic Acid. These ingredients alone can help control the oil and alleviate any dryness or dehydration felt on the skin.
Sensitive Skin: Easily irritated skin, visible redness, uneven texture.
Fact: Sensitive skin is the most commonly mistaken skin type.
Common issue: Everyone thinks they are a sensitive skin type!
Here is one way to figure if you are a truly a sensitive skin type:
Must have at least two of the following – 1. Eczema, 2. Hay Fever, 3. Asthma
Solution: Stay clear of products that have parabens, artificial fragrances, phthalates, triclosan, propylene glycol, and coal tar just to name a few. Add ingredients like argan oil, colloidal oatmeal, calendula, and lavender.
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