Your skin is in a constant state of flux…. So there is no such thing as “skin type”!
We have been brain washed and conditioned into thinking we should fall into a particular skin type. But since everything in your environment, from what you eat, where you live, your job, stress, exercise and what products you use all play a part in the condition of your skin, you could possibly experience a mixture of the conditions typically known as ‘skin type’. And please believe us that the flawless skin you see in advertisements belongs on a six year old child!
We prefer to factor in all aspects of your lifestyle when it comes to the health of your skin.
We also believe less is more when it comes to your skincare routine!
If you still want to follow the traditional categorisation of skin type, we’ve included a general guide for you below.
Combination skin type
This is the most common skintype. Combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas, and oily in others, such as the T-zone. The T-zone is the nose, forehead, and chin area.
Combination skin can produce:
- Overly dilated pores
- Shiny skin
This type of skin results from genetic or hormonal factors that cause an imbalance in how much and where lipids are produced. It can also vary, depending on the weather.
Dry skin type
Dry skin can produce:
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines
When exposed to drying factors, skin can flake, crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin may be caused or worsened by:
- Ageing or changes in hormones
- Weather such as exposure to wind, sun, or extreme cold
- Indoor heating
- Hot baths and showers
- Irritating ingredients in soaps, cosmetics or cleaning agents
Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:
- Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
- Exfoliate at least once a week.
- Use mild, natural shower gel.
- Apply a rich moisturiser when skin is still moist after shower or bath.
- Oils or balms may work better than lotions for dry skin.
- Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
- Buy natural cleaning products.
- Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents or household detergents.
Oily skin type
Oily skin is more common in youth. It occurs when glands in the skin secrete too much oil (lipids). Oily skin can produce:
- Large pores
- Shiny or dull complexion
- Blackheads, spots or other blemishes
Oiliness can change, depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or worsened by:
- Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
- Exposure to heat or too much humidity
Here are some tips for taking better care of oily skin:
- Wash your skin no more than twice a day, and after you perspire heavily.
- Use an oil cleanser (yes! Oil!) and don’t scrub.
- Don’t pick, or squeeze spots.
Sensitive skin type
If your skin is sensitive, it’s helpful to find out why so you can stay away from things that make it react. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often in response to particular skin care products.
Sensitive skin can show up as:
These are a few of the most common reasons for sensitive skin:
Acne is from overproduction of oil. Rosacea is a common skin condition with symptoms including flushing, pimples, and broken blood vessels. Contact dermatitis can be caused by allergens or irritants. If you’re allergic, your immune system makes antibodies against certain substances, causing a reaction.
A dermatologist can perform patch testing to see if you are allergic to a substance such as a fragrance or preservative. It’s important to realise that even natural or organic ingredients, such as essential oils and fragrance, can cause reactions in sensitive skin.
Common skin irritants include:
- Bath soaps, shower gels, shampoos
- Make Up
You can develop a sensitivity to products you may have been using for a long time.