Skin Types - What type of skin do I have?
8 months ago
As a rule of thumb there are 5 general skin types.
The 5 types of skin are normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and sensitive skin. Throughout this blog we will be exploring how each of these skin types reacts to different treatments, and why knowing your specific skin type is extremely important to perfecting your skincare routine!
How to know your skin type?
What is Normal Skin?
Normal skin has balanced sebum production and good blood circulation. To the touch, your skin will not be too oily or dry. Your skin won’t be too sensitive, and you will notice you don’t have too many breakouts or blemishes.
What is Oily Skin?
While normal skin has balanced sebum production, oily skin is characterized by excess sebum production. Oily skin tends to be greasy to touch as well as cause regular breakouts.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin can sometimes be tight and irritable, this irritation can be caused by its flaky and rough texture. Some of the main causes for dry skin can be the seasons as well as long hot showers so you may have to alter your skin routine throughout the year if your skin starts to become dry.
What is Combination Skin?
One of the key differences between combination skin and oily skin, is the oiliness is usually localised to the T Zone and the cheeks will stay dry. One standout reason for this change in skin is using harsh products can cause an increase in sebum, resulting in an oily T Zone.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin tends to have symptoms of all of the above. However, a tell-tale sign is if you start to go flush after eating spicy food, you most likely have sensitive skin.
How to take care of your skin?
Once you have identified your skin type, you will next need to figure out how to maintain or treat your skin. The following steps are rough guidelines to treat your specific skin type and achieve the clean and healthy skin type you desire.
Taking care of Normal skin
Now, you would think that normal skin would be the easiest to maintain and it is, if your skincare routine is working for you then carry on. Make sure you are using organic, natural and, if you can, vegan products as these products will help create natural, healthy and more youthful looking skin.
A few other tips for maintaining healthy normal looking skin are:
- Staying hydrated
o If you don’t drink enough water to hydrate your skin throughout the day your skin may begin to dry up causing tightness and irritation.
o Moisturising is a must for any skin type as they tend to keep the skin moist and looking healthy throughout the day.
- Remove makeup before bed
o I know this one is a bit obvious but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to remind! Leaving makeup on can clog up your pores and lead to breakouts!
Taking Care of Oily Skin
There are a few things that can cause oily skin which can be avoided. DOUBLE CHECK the ingredients in your makeup/face wipes as if there are a lot of harsh chemicals in them, this can cause your skin to become oily. As well as this, exfoliating too much or too hard can cause irritation in your skin and cause your pores to open.
Making sure your products are clean. Healthy and organic ingredients will help your oily skin rejuvenate. Vitamin C especially is good for oily skin as it hydrates while promoting new collagen growth.
Taking Care of Dry Skin
As previously mentioned, changes in seasons and longer showers can be a big cause of dry skin or changes in skin types. Hydrating your skin is key to treating dry skin and not letting it get too broken or sore. Using moisturisers with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C as well as pro-retinol. This will plump the skin with hydration as well as reducing signs of wrinkles.
Taking Care of Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, this means that the pores in your T-Zone are much larger than the rest of your face, leaving your cheeks dry. Exfoliating gently and infrequently is a good way to begin treatment of the T-Zone, scrubbing too hard can further damage your skin.
Buying oil free skincare products is key to treating an oily T-Zone. Making sure your skincare routine contains products with natural, organic and healthy ingredients will allow your skin to rejuvenate from the inside and give you a naturally youthful glow.
Taking Care of Sensitive Skin
In skin care, you may be allergic to a particular ingredient, but your skin may not be sensitive. It may be able to adapt to other products that don’t contain that ingredient. However, if you have sensitive skin, your skin will most likely react to harsh chemicals and skin products.
To make sure you know if you are allergic or not, you should be conducting patch tests. Once you have waited the 24 hours, if your skin hasn’t reacted then it will be safe to apply the product. Using products with all-natural ingredients will lower the chances of an allergic reaction.
Not overdoing your skincare routine is also a great way to get rid of sensitive skin. Don’t apply too many products to your face, and when you do try and keep the ingredients as natural as possible.
The Belle+So Vitamin C Serum is 100% vegan and organic. It contains all natural ingredients making it perfect as a treatment for all of the skin types mentioned above.