Today’s blog post is straight up skincare talk. Am taking you back to the basics of skincare, by helping you understand how you can help your skin and actually give your skin what it needs. Our skin is the largest organ on our body, protecting us from bacterias and microbes.
Determining your skin type is simply understanding which type of skin you have. The best way to care for your skin is to know which type of products are especially for your skin. Knowing your skin type is a no-brainer. Like me am sure you’ve come across some skincare products labelled with dry, sensitive or combination and thought what does that mean.
There 4 skin types
How to know if you have dry skin? Sings of dry skin are when your skin gets dry in cold weathers or when you feel dehydrated. You will know you have dry skin when you notice your skin feeling tight after cleansing until you apply a moisturiser. Other effects of dry skin are rough and flaky skin.
How to care for your Dry skin?
When it comes to caring for dry skin, you need to keep your skin hydrated constantly by using products with a rich nourishing as well as drinking lots of water. Experts recommend using gentle products to avoid drying your skin further.
Oily skin is very easy to detect as this type of skin produces a lot of sebum (natural oils) and your skin a lot shiny during the day. the problem with having oily skin if the face that you are very likely to have blemishes, enlarged shiny visible pores and clogged up pores. Expect a lot of breakout and acne with this skin type.
How to care for your Oily skin?
If after reading the above description, you identified your skin as being oily then it is recommended that you use products that will cleanse your skin effectively. Exfoliating is also recommended but that will need to be very gentle and also use non-comedogenic (reduced chance of clogging your pores) moisturisers.
Combination skin is when you have both oily and dry skin. The skin on your forehead, nose and chin tend to be a lot oily and the cheeks areas is often dry. The oily areas are usually known as the T-zone, because its shaped like a T. The dis-advantage of having combination skin is that it can be difficult at times to find products that can work for your different skin areas. A lot of people choose to use different products for the different parts of their face.
How to care for your combination skin?
As complex as you might think combination skin is, caring for it can be quite straightforward but will require a bit more products.
- use different products on different parts of the face
- use a hydrating mask on the cheeks (dry areas)
- use a gentle exfoliating scrub around the nose, chin, forehead
- wear adequate sun protection
People with sensitive skin tend to react poorly to certain skincare products or makeups.
- Easily gets irritated
- Often red, burn and itchy
- Tends to be dry
If you can identify your skin has sensitive, then opt for alcohol-free and fragrance-free products. Stay away from harsh chemical products, because it might cause your skin to get irritated. Use face gels to soothe your skin and I will recommend sticking to what works for your skin.