We are all unique in our own way, so is our skin, our body's biggest and most visible organ. With a little bit of care, we can make a big difference to the health and appearance of our skin.
There are 4 main different types of skin which have their own unique requirements when it comes to your skincare regime. The different types are normal, dry, sensitive and oily.
Your skin type can also change as you get older so you may have to change your skin care regime as you age, gracefully of course!
Skin types vary depending upon a few different factors such as:
Water content - This affects your skin's comfort and elasticity
Oil (lipid) content - This affects your skin's softness
Sensitivity level - How likely your skin is to react to products or ingredients
You should be able to work out what skin type you are which will give you tips on how to best care for your skin.
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It is surprisingly normal. It has:
Barely visible pores
No severe sensitivity
No or few imperfections
A radiant complexion
If you have normal skin just keep doing what you are doing to look after it. Don't go too crazy with products with nasty chemicals though. These can be hidden in many different forms and we don't fully understand the effects of a lot of ingredients on our skin.
The following skin conditions may indicate that you have dry skin:
Dull, rough complexion
Almost invisible pores
More visible lines
Skin feels tight and dry year round
May have enlarged pores mostly in t-zone, including blackheads
Skin looks tired, in need of glow
When you expose your skin to drying factors your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, you will find it can become rough and scaly. This happens more noticeably on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin problems may be caused or made worse by:
Weather such as the wind, the sun, or cold
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds or sun burnt skin.
Long, hot baths and showers
Ageing or hormonal changes
Ingredients in cosmetics, soaps, or cleansers
Here are some tips for taking better care of your dry skin:
Use mild, gentle soaps. Avoid using deodorant soaps.
Don't take long showers or baths and no more than once daily.
Apply a rich moisturiser right after bathing and reapply as needed throughout the day.
Use a humidifier and don't let indoor temperatures get too hot.
Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, household detergents, or solvents.
If you follow the above tips you will help alleviate the symptoms of your dry skin and find your skin is more radiant and healthy.
Do you have oily skin? Oily skin can produce:
Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes
Dull or shiny, thick complexion
The oiliness of your skin can change depending on the weather or even the time of year. If you do have oily skin it can be caused or made worse by:
Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
Exposure to heat or too much humidity
It's also common to have patches of oily skin on mostly normal skin. This can happen particularly around the face.
If you do have oily skin you can take care of it by:
Exfoliating is the best way to remove that build up, reduce clogged pores and white bumps, while making skin feel smoother. Our organic coffee body scrub is a fantastic exfoliator.
Don't pop, or squeeze pimples. This results in longer healing time and scarring.
Wash your skin no more than twice a day. The best time to wash is after you perspire heavily.
If your skin is sensitive to what you put on it, you need to try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products and the nasty ingredients they put in these products.
Sensitive skin can show up as:
Our organic body scrub is great for sensitive skin as it only uses natural ingredients. No nasty chemicals to irritate your skin.
Skin Type Quizz
If your unsure what skin type you are, try taking the following quizz.
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