how to treat different skin types

How to treat different skin types

You’ve probably heard and maybe discovered for yourself as well that there is a whole variety of skin types out there.
They go from normal to sensitive, from dry to oily or a combination of them all. But which type is yours?
Important to remember is that as you age, your whole body changes with it. As does your skin type.
Most teenagers for example went through a marvelous period in their lives when their skin type was predominantly greasy!Your type depends on a variety of factors such as how hydrated your skin is, how oily it is and how sensitive it is to different kinds of care products.

Normal Skin Types

Normal skin types are characterized by the fact that their skin is not too oily and not too dry.
Most commonly their skin has very few imperfections, doesn’t really react to any chemicals in cleaning agents and ha a radiant complexion.
As a consequence normal skin types typically have barely visible pores as well.

Combination Skin Types

If you have a combination skin type then your skin can have vary different patches of either dry or normal skin and oily in others. Most commonly with combination skin types their T-zone tends to be oilier than other parts of their skin. The T-zone is the more commonly called zone between your nose, forehead and chin.
This is arguably the most common skin type.
Combination skin type people have pores that look larger than normal as they’re more open. They’ll suffer from blackheads more (and the occasional zits!) and will have a shiny skin, due to the oiliness of the T-zone.

Dry Skin Types

These skin types will have nearly invisible pores, they will have a dull and rough complexion due to the lack of water in the skin. Probably will suffer from red patches in their skin.
Due to the lack of water their skin will also be less elastic and they will have more visible lines and cloves in their skin. Again due o the lack of hydration in the skin.

Due the lack of hydration in the skin it causes the skin to crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If the skin is very dry then it can get rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms and legs.

 

Unfortunately your condition can be made worse due to genetic expressions, as you get older or simply due to changes in your climate. On dry summery days for example, the more you spend outdoors unprotected from the UV-rays from the sun, the more dull your skin will get.

Also long hot showers are a no-no!
Logic suggest then to make dry skin better, you should avoid UV-light from outdoors and tanning beds, avoid taking long hot showers (shorten them and save the planet at the same time!), check for the right ingredients in soap and cleansers and put on moisturizer right after bathing.

Oily Skin Types

Unfortunately you will have enlarged pores, you will suffer from pimples, blackheads and acne outbreaks.
Also your skin will shine bright like a diamond :).

Oiliness can depend on the time of year, and thus the season, and other environmental factors.
Stress and puberty are most likely the main stress factors for oily skin, causing the glands to go into overdrive. Also heat or too much humidity will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary.

To clean oily skin, you should follow the following steps:

  • Wash it no more than twice a day and after you sweat a lot.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
  • Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. They’ll take longer to heal.
  • Look for the word “non-comedogenic” on skin care products and cosmetics. This means it won’t clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Types

It can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

The 6 Basics of Skin Care

No matter what type of skin you have, these tips will keep it looking its best.

  1. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  3. Don’t smoke.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Wash your skin gently but thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
  6. Moisturize.

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