Identifying Your Skin Type

I am back at it again with another skin care lesson for my lovelies!

I know I’ve been on this kick for a while now, but it’s all for the greater good. This coincides with my article about our skin care routines, which I forgot to totally ask a very important yet difficult question. Which could be a larger contender in our regimens failing, ever bigger than the products we use. (If you’re unfamiliar with the last article CLICK HERE to read it.)

So let’s get down to business..

Do you know your skin type?

Sometimes this part is the shocker, because all too many times we use the wrong products because we lack the basic understanding of what our skin really needs. Which all leads up to even more poor conditions like excessive acne or irritated and unhealthy skin. So before we dive into self discovery let’s first find out what we’re up against.

Oily Skin

The majority of this skin type benefits slightly from the oil with youthful looking skin. Though many suffer from PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), a condition which leaves dark spots on the skin after a breakout has healed. A easy way to battle most effects of this skin tone is with a good gentle exfoliant regime; it aids in keeping that supple healthy glow.

Tips:

  • Use a Neutral Exfoliant to lighten dark spots and blemish marks
  • Use a Neutral Cleanser regularly
  • Drop the idea that using alcohol based products will combat this skin type. Ridding the skin of all the oils is worse than not cleansing at all.

Normal / Combination Skin

This skin type is kind of difficult to handle, or rather finding the right balance is. Typically they see dryness on their cheeks and sometimes the forehead, and this makes it difficult to find a good moisturizer. The major reason being is because most are too heavy to apply to the T Zone with is usually where this skin type gets oily. Moisturizers with a gel-like texture can be absorbed quickly and cause less breakouts.

Tips:

  • Use light moisturizers on your entire face to keep from clogging pores even more
  • Dont mix too many moisturizing products, they just clump together and CLOG PORES
  • Start with a small amount and increase as needed to avoid over-moisturizing and stressing the skin.

Dry Skin

Most people with Dry Skin notice that throughout the day they get a ‘stretchy’ sensation. They’re skin is tight and even sometimes flaky. The most common causes of dry skin is Dehydration, Eating Habits, Lifestyle, Allergens in your Environment and products with high levels of Alcohol. Of course genetics play a large role in this condition as well, but were trying to help you battle the cause here. Exfoliating your skin often is a good way to renew this skin type. Emollients, such as camellia oil and squalane, help soothe and hydrate your skin.

Tips:

  • Choose moisturizers that are loaded with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and marine actives like algae
  • Also add a facial serum to your skin care regimen, one specifically for moisturizing and renewing skin
  • Try to steer clear of heavy acne treatments, or reduce usage by 70%. They can be very drying and will create way more problems for you to worry about later on.

Sensitive Skin

Researchers have even determined that over 50% of women in the United States have Sensitive Skin. There are a variety of things that can cause those unsightly breakouts that everyone hates. This skin type is all too familiar with heavy breakouts and not knowing the cause. Many things can affect the overall appearance of their skin like the environment, allergies, products, daily habits, and lifestyle changes. Often there’s a small majority that has a huge sensitivity to sun exposure. But that can be battled with using the proper sunscreen with a good amount of SPF.

Tips:

  • Use Products that a formulated for Sensitive Skin, They are not perfect but they do help.
  • Do not over cleanse your skin and over moisturize
  • Gently rub in products, any unnecessary pressure can aid in irritating your skin and cause breakouts.
  • Heads up, Most Citrus, Alcohol products can irritate this skin type
  • Introduce new product slowly, and practice good use in the blotch test (testing the product out on a small spot on your skin)
  • Be patient, finding balance will take time

Doctors are great, but common healthcare is expensive!

One of our followers asked us if there was a way to figure out their skin type without shelling out hundreds of dollars. There is good news and bad news regarding this subject.

How can I figure out my skin type without a Dermatologist?

First The Bad News, sometimes accuracy of the methods discussed in this article may be off, and will not replace problem medical advice from a certified doctor. The Good News is that there are 2 very easy and helpful ways to determine your skin type. Below I’ve listed the methods along with some small common knowledge of their shortcomings and as well as a few tips to help tune the accuracy.

The Blotting Sheet Method

This method can be very easy but it has a lot of shortcomings. The major being that is can get expensive when trying to buy a proper Blotting Sheet product. Depending on the brand you’re looking at prices varying from $7 and up. It still doesn’t cost nearly as much as going to the Dermatologist but a lot of people find it aggravating to buy a product they will only use once even if has other beneficial uses. The other shortcoming is actually finding Blotting Sheets!! Some places sell the brand but don’t sell all their products, and blotting sheets happen to be one of those products that stores seem to drop or not order at all. But if you can get past these 2 issues then it really is a very easy way to detect your skin type.

You simply cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser, and gently dry it. During this time you shouldn’t use any other products like serums or moisturizers. After about 15-30 minutes you’ll do 3 small test using 2 different blotting sheets.

  1. Take a blotting sheet and dab your forehead, cheeks and chin areas and check for any oil transfer. To examine the sheet properly, hold it up to the light so you can seem minor details. (They are important!!) If there is no oil residue, then you have Dry skin. If there is residue then you most likely have Oily skin.
  2. Take the second blothing sheet and dab your T-zone (Nose and right above eyebrows) and check for residues of any kind. If you have residue in you T zone but no where else, then you have Combination/Normal skin.

Tips:

  • Do not use abrasive or alcohol ridden cleanser in the first steps. This can dry out the skin or even irritate it, and your test results won’t be accurate.
  • Blotting sheets come in all different kinds, scents and varieties. But only plain/unscented sheets should be used for this test. Anything else will modify your results for the worse.
  • Make sure you dry your face gently and allow it to completely dry, so that the sheets are ruined or wet during this test.
  • If you’re unsure about the results, please do not be afraid to repeat this test and do an average of yo results. Better safe than sorry!

The Bare Faced Method

This method is really simple, yet it can cause quite a bit of confusion if you deviate too much from its instructions. You simply cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser, and gently dry it; then observe the effects of your natural skin. During this time you shouldn’t use any other products like serums or moisturizers. The purpose is to discover the changes that happen to your untreated skin.

If after about 15-30minutes you notice:

Tighten/ stretched skin: if you smile and notice this effect, the you most likely have dry skin.

Shine/Gloss: Anywhere on the T-Zone and Forehead can mean combination/normal skin, and if you notice a shine that cannot be traced can mean oily skin.

Though this one of the cheapest and simplest methods, a lot of time these effects can be triggered by other factors. Such as temperature of the room you’re experimenting in and as well as the quality/intensity of the product you cleanse with.

Tips:

  • Try to make sure your cleansing product does not have any moisturizing additives.
  • Make sure your product isn’t loaded with alcohols- which will aid in misdiagnosing yourself with dry skin!
  • Try a product that is usually for sensitive skin types- they are usually gentle and made with less irritating ingredients than other products on the market.

Any advice for Sensitive Skin types?

Don’t fret, having sensitive skin is normal! Ive dealt with the complications of this skin type my entire life. But there are a few things you can do to keep the battle short.

Tips:

  • Stay away from abrasive skin treatments
  • Avoid skin care products ridden with alcohols
  • Practice good rest and sleeping habits
  • Reaccess your diet
  • Avoid touching your face with unsanitized hands throughout the day

The battle can be won

The one thing I’ve learned that ha stuck with me over the years is that “Nobody and Nothing is Perfect”. Products are going to fail, disappoint, and hurt you. But that’s not a good reason to give up. I’m definitely not say “Jump back on the bandwagon”, but I am telling you to learn from your mistakes. Read Labels, research ingredients, and search for more products that have the ingredients that work. Or even go the extra mile and make your own ‘All Natural Cure’. Do anything and everything, but please do not make the same mistake I made.

Which is settling..

You deserve so much better, and all our dreams can be answered over the horizon!

Remember you are more than your skin type, product, and label.. You are Gorgeous!

-XOXO

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