Everyone wants a normally healthy and perfect looking skin so some people do a skin care routine to help keep their skin looking its best and to have it stay in good condition by keeping it moisturized, hydrated and glowing using different skin care products that can ease and improve skin health. But in order to care for your skin, you first have to ‘know your skin type’ to find the right products that certainly works best for you without causing more problems in the long run, because each individual has different skin types and different environments in which they live that affects the type of skin they have as skin tends to react negatively to some products or weather changes. So it is needed to determine the type of skin type you have whether it’s oily, dry or combination of both, as well as examining if you are acne-prone or have a dry flaky skin as these are some of the indications of the type of skin that you have. So choose wisely and smartly before applying any products in your skin as you might first have to consider if it’s the right one for you.
Here’s how you can know your skin type
NORMAL – When you have a normal skin your skin tends to be at a balanced which means that you have a skin that isn’t excessively oily and dry with little or no imperfections at all such as pores and breakouts as it is barely visible on the skin and a normally healthy skin also has an even skin tone and experience almost no sensitivity which means that this type of skin can tolerate different skin care product ingredients, making you use tons of beauty products until you find what’s best for you.
OILY – An Oily Skin is constantly looking shiny. The excess oil on the face produces a persistently shiny or greasy appearance and if you find yourself prone to blackheads and breakouts, you definitely have an Oily type skin. If an oily skin isn’t treated with the right skin care routine and skin care products, pores can become clogged and dead skin cells may accumulate. In order to do so, dermatologists recommend to treat oily skin by not cleansing too often and sticking with a simple skin care regimen
Dry Skin – A dry skin type lacks oil producing glands than the normal. A dry skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. In most cases a dry skin is caused by factors such as an ever changing temperature and humidity of hot and cold weather, and certain chemicals that can cause your skin to dry.
Combination – If you have areas in your skin where you feel like it is dry and other areas oily? Perhaps you have an oily t-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) and the rest of your face is tight and dry, then you might have a combination of both. Many people has this type and it is commonly caused by genes or an incorrect use of a skin care product that worsen and cause the problem.
Sensitive – A sensitive skin is more reactive than usual, they are more prone to inflammation and irritation of the skin, so you need to be careful when applying products in your skin care. A sensitive skin may cause by genetics, allergies and environmental factors
These Skin care guide below are some of the general steps you need to know and work on to kick start your basic but effective skin care routine that may keep your skin fresh and glowy without much effort.
- Wear Your Sunscreen
Use a broad spectrum gel based or aqua gel based sunscreen if you have an oily type skin to protect yourself from all the sun damage that could possibly occur as it blocks UVA and UVB rays. For a normal to dry skin a cream based sunscreen is suitable to use. It is advisable to wear a sunscreen daily as it can cause damage to both collagen and elastin as these two are the structure of the skin and is essential as they worked together to maintain elasticity and firmness making your skin look young, healthy and even stronger.
Moisturizing the skin is very helpful for all types of skin, even if its oily, dry or a combination of both, because when the skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne starts to pop up and in order to have our skin healthy and glowing we have to use the right kind of moisturizer that can help maintain its balance. For oily types, you should look for lotions and find a moisturizer with exfoliant ingredient. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a cream as they tend to have a higher oil content. Just make sure to use it the right way and not to overuse it, because if overused, your skin could rely on the moisturizer and not properly exfoliate on its own.
It is best to use a cleanser to wipe off all the excess dirt and germs off of our face that built up on the surface of our skin throughout the day. You can also deep cleanse, or exfoliate, at least once or twice a week as this will not only get rid of the dirt, but it will also help get rid of dead skin cells to make room for new ones to grow, giving you that youthful aura, natural glow and a healthy skin you always desire.
- Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated
Of course, the most important of it all is to eat healthy, and it has been said a couple times but by eating antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and having a balanced diet you are treating your skin the way it was supposed to be. Don’t forget to consume foods with nutrients such as Vitamin C, E, Zinc and selenium as these are very crucial for a radiant and healthy skin.