KNOWING YOUR SKIN TYPE
Any qualified dermatologist will tell you how important it is to ensure that any skincare products are chosen with your skin type in mind.
If the product isn’t right for your skin type, it won’t be as effective and could cause skin defection/reactions. This is why whether purchasing a moisturizer, cleanser, or anything else for your skin, it’s essential you know your skin type.
The type of skin you have depends on the amount of water and oil in your skin. If these are out of balance, your skin will suffer. So, for example, if your skin has too much fat, you may be more prone to acne outbreaks, and your skin will appear shiny.
Skincare products designed for oily skin will be oil-free and may have ingredients designed to help re-balance the level of oil in your skin.
Another problem that many people suffer from is dry skin, which is caused by a lack of water in the skin. As well as feeling itchy and tight dry skin looks visibly flaky and can even create fine lines.
Products designed with dry skin in mind will usually be water-based to add much-needed moisture to the surface. It’s also possible to have combination skin. This means that some areas of the face will be oily, while others will be dry.
People with this skin type may want to use products designed specifically for combination skin, or use different products on the different areas of their face. Finally, there is healthy skin; people with this skin type have the right balance of oil and water.
Some people can tell their skin type from merely looking in the mirror. Others might be able to feel whether they have oily, dry, or healthy skin or be happy taking an online test.
If, however, you don’t feel confident about what type of skin you have, it’s best to speak to someone who specializes in dermatology to ensure you only use the products best suited for your skin.