As previously mentioned, Miss Euphony will be writing some posts for us that aim to improve the relationship that we have with our skin. This is the first post in which she tells us how to distinguish between the different skin types. I hope you find this as helpful as I did!
What’s your type?
I am often plagued with questions of what to use for a certain skin condition. As a Skin Therapist I often answer that question with this question, “Do you know your skin type?” This is often annoying for someone who wants those pimples to be gone as in yesterday! The sad reality is that flawless skin is achieved by; eating right, sleeping enough, exercise, a proper skin care routine with the right products for your skin type and drinking water! In this post I will be helping you figure out your skin type, this will set you on the right track towards healthy and beautiful skin.
The importance of knowing your skin type is simple; so that you treat your skin as it is not as you think it is. You will also minimize the chances of unnecessary breakouts, dehydration and skin conditions that may lead to long term skin damage. There are generally four skin types and determining your skin type requires that you take into account – your skin texture, the pore size, signs of sebaceous (oil) activity, elasticity, muscle tone, blemishes. You will need to cleanse and tone in order to determine your skin type.
Normal skin is usually balanced with cell renewal working in harmony with the exfoliation of dead skin cells. The skin looks clear. It has an even colour. It feels plump and not greasy and it feels soft when you touch it.
This is usually due to ageing or environmental conditions. You may experience drying out and a lack of oil secretion due to less sebaceous (oil) glands. This condition can also be hereditary or due to a lack of water holding capacity in the skin that has been disrupted. This skin type also looks pale in colour as it has a thin epidermis; it feels tight after cleansing and looks flaky. With mature women or young women who age prematurely fine lines form around the eyes.
This skin type is becoming increasingly common due to the environment and external stimulants. One will have a thin epidermis with a translucent appearance. The skin may feel tight after washing. When it reacts to external stimuli it will tend to become red and blotchy, especially when one has taken a hot bath or been in the sun.
The oily skin type is common amongst adolescents and young adults because of the increase in the rate of sebum (oil) production influenced by the male hormone, testosterone. If you have this skin type you may have a sallow complexion, thick epidermis, overactive sebaceous glands/shiny appearance and open pores on the t-panel. Most who have this skin type will have comedones, pustules, papules (pimples).
I hope you will now understand the importance of knowing your skin type, and that you will treat you skin accordingly. With love!
Yours in Skin Therapy