Skin Care

Identify Your Skin Type, and How To Care For Them?

Hi Beauties,

Today I’m going to explain to you how to correctly identify your type.

Any attempt to analyze your skin in any other sequence will cause confusion, I still remember the confusion that I had as a new graduate. With so much knowledge but no clue of utilizing it. I would jump from one area of the skin to the next with all the education but not being able to utilize the information.

It took me quite a while to understand the skin and use my knowledge to my full potential, so I’m going to share my insight with you today.

The basic skin type will determine the treatment and home care, skin types are intrinsic as we are born with it. Realistically, there is only four skin types, and any variations outside the basic skin type would be considered a skin condition.

Four basic skin types are categorized:

  • Lipid Dry
  • Oily
  • Combination
  • Permanent Diffused Redness

These four majority skin types are the basis on which you will finalize your skin type. Before we go any further let me explain to you how to examine your skin, There are three characteristics to look for in the skin known as: TEXTURE, COLOUR & SECRETIONS.

1. TEXTURE

The renewal and desquamation (shedding of the outer most layer of the skin) is responsible for the external appearance of your skin (smoothness & regularity) when the desquamation of the skin is impaired or abnormal, there is a build up of dead skin cells when this condition is present, the texture appearance of the skin undergoes changes.

2. COLOUR

Pigmentation plays a major role in colour of the skin, also the condition related to the abnormal production of melanin which causes pigmentation. Blood circulation also plays a very large role in the overall colour of the skin, the general health condition of the skin is reflected in colour.

Further causes that could influence colour of the skin is:

  • HORMONES
  • SOME DISEASES
  • EXPOSURE TO HARSH CHEMICALS
  • RESPIRITORY PROBLEMS
  • ALCOHOL
  • MEDICATION
  • SMOKING
  • TEMPRERATURE

3. SECRETION

The fluids found on the surface of the skin also known as the acid mantle (which is natural oils that protects the skin) are secreted by the sebaceous glands which makes the first layer of the skin known as the epidermis this is the skin defense barrier.

The acid mantle plays a major role in retaining water & moisture from evaporating the epidermis to keep it hydrated, the fluid in the dermis (second layer of the skin) are equally important to the health of the skin. The support of the dermal layer (collagen, elastin) cells helps with wound healing, lymphatic & blood circulation.

These systems work in synergy with one another to preserve fluid & nutritional balance.

How To Determine Your Skin Type?

If you divide your face into six horizontal zones, your examination could be made more accurately.

Starting in zone one your forehead, and ending zone six on your chin, looking and feeling these areas.

By doing this you could determine the majority characteristics of these zones, and according to this you can identify your skin type.

  1. The TEXTURE, is your skin dry, flaky or uneven skin texture?
  2. The COLOUR, is your skin red, pigmented, dull?
  3. The SECRETION, is your skin oily?

Now that you can relatively determine your skin type, I’m going to give you tips on what protocol you could follow at home according to your skin type.

 

 

Home Care For Permanent Diffused Red Skin:

  • Use cleansers & toners without fragrance, alcohol or colour
  • Do not use harsh abrasive exfoliaters
  • No AHAs for home care only with your skin care therapist
  • No extreme hot or cold water
  • Avoid spicy food
  • Avoid coffee or alcohol
  • Minimal sun exposure
  • Use a broad spectrum SPF at all time
  • Product I recommend is this kit from Odacité

Home Care For Dry Skin:

  • Use a cleanser & toner suitable for dry skin avoid products with fragrance or alcohol
  • Use none drying masks
  • Do not use harsh abrasive exfoliaters
  • Use creams or serums suitable for dry skin to maintain acid mantle
  • Minimal sun exposure
  • Use a broad spectrum SPF at all time
  • Product I recommend is this kit from Odacité

Home Care For Oily / Combination Skin:

  • Use a cleanser & toner suitable for oily / combination skin avoid products with fragrance or alcohol
  • Only use masks for oily skin on oily areas, and masks for dry, sensitive skin on the other area
  • Do not use harsh abrasive exfoliaters
  • Do not wear drying creams or serums when exposed to sunlight
  • Use a broad spectrum SPF at all time
  • Do not try to squeeze out your pimples as this will spread bacteria and only worsen your skin
  • Product I recommend is this Serum from Odacité 

 

Feel free to contact me on claudia@beautyhealth101.com for more information

 

 

 

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