Buying the right products for your skin all begins with knowing and understanding your skin type. Today, we take you through the basic skin types and as well as the routines that work best for them. Skin types could either be hereditary or depend on conditions such as ageing and weather. Our skin normally has its own oils, known as sebum which help to keep the skin protected and nourished. Which skin type are you?
Having this skin type means your skin produces the right levels of sebum, which means your skin is well-balanced, not too oily, not too dry, and doesn’t have many skin issues such as acne. Even in times when your skin becomes dry, it isn’t much cause for worry as normal skin doesn’t require much to be maintained. Skin products that are gentle on the skin are ideal for this skin type, such as lightweight skin moisturizers and cleansers. Water can also be used to constantly keep the skin refreshed.
Oily skin could either be hereditary or due to hormonal changes and comes about when the skin produces excess oil. This can increase the likelihood of getting skin conditions such as acne and spots. Products that are easily absorbed by the skin and have anti-inflammatory properties such as honey, almond oil, and lemon are ideal. It’s also best to wash your face often (gently of course) and have some blotting paper on hand, to help keep oil levels down or your skin from looking excessively shiny.
Having dry skin during seasons such as harmattan is quite common, but in cases where your skin is often dry even outside these seasons may mean you have naturally dry skin. Although some people may have dry skin from birth, dry skin could also be as a result of harsh sun rays and other conditions. It’s easy to identify dry skin; it usually appears scaly and dull and feels taut if not attended to. This is a bit different from dehydrated skin which just requires more moisture. Dry skin on the other hand can be revived with oil-rich products such as shea butter and seed oils such as almond oil. Also avoid excessively washing your skin or scrubbing it too hard.
Sensitive skin often does not respond well to harsh conditions such as excessive sunlight and harsh chemicals and is easily inflamed. This skin type is also prone to conditions like eczema, rashes, allergies etc. Keeping this skin constantly hydrated is very important to help reduce the incidence of skin reactions. You also need to identify which skin products are too harsh for your skin and avoid using them.
We call this in our own terms the “multi-faceted skin”. This skin type exhibits the characteristics of both oily and dry skin. For example, a greater part of your face may be oily but under your eyes may be dry. Such skin can be taken care of by combining various moisturizers that will work well for the different areas of your skin. For example, you could have some essential oils such as grapeseed oil on hand to keep your face moisturized and nourished whilst also having a lighter cream for more oily parts of your skin to help maintain a balance.
Are you now 100% sure of what your skin type is yet? Keeping an eye on the symptoms your skin shows sometimes could help make it easier for you to identify your skin type, so you can treat it just right. Our wide range of products are available to help give your skin the royal treatment it needs…no matter your skin type, we’ve got you!
P.S. Keeping your skin healthy should be a priority…don’t forget to also eat right and keep your skin protected, so your skin can always be the best it can be!
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