Find Your Skin Type

“Find Your Skin Type”

I hope I find you well!

I’d like to go over why you should Find Your Skin Type. But first, the different types of skin should be discussed.

Find Your Skin Type

In Layman’s terms, Skin Type is the manner in which your face produces sebum, or oil. From the research I’ve conducted, Skin Type seems to be genetic; Though, can alter due to external and internal factors, as well as time.

Why Find Your Skin Type?

Knowing your Skin Type is a great help when it comes to skincare and the health of your facial skin. It can better equip you to care for it and address its needs.

The Types of Skin

Many sources on the internet consider there to be five Skin Types. I am familiar with four of the five skin types. Though, I’ll touch on my thoughts regarding the supposed fifth skin type. The four categories of skin type are oily, dry, normal and combination.

Oily Skin – Skin that tends to overproduce oil. A good indicator of oily skin is if you find yourself looking naturally shiny or reflective. Other common possible indicators of oily skin are enlarged pores, acne and a “thick” feeling aspect.

Dry Skin – Skin that tends to under-produce oil. Possible indicators of dry skin are flaky and/or dull appearance and tightness. If your skin feels as though it lacks moisture, you could very well have dry skin. It is said that dry skin is prone to irritation.

Normal Skin – Skin that neither has an over or under production of oil; well-balanced. Normal skin tends to appear healthy and “radiant”. Those with normal skin are less likely to experience irritation and acne.

Combination Skin – Skin that has both an over and under production of oil in different areas. A common pattern found on combination skin is the “T Zone”; Oily skin patches along the nose and forehead with the surrounding areas being dry. Though, combination skin can appear in a variety of patterns. For example, my oily patches appear along my nose and chin.

Find Your Skin Type|Ardently Ana
I consider my skin to be combination, though normal leaning when well balanced. When unbalanced, my skin tends to get quite oily.

Internal and External Factors that Could Affect your Skin Type

There are many internal and external factors that could affect and alter your skin type. Some of which are hormones, foods, age, weather, products applied to the face, consistency of use of products, routines, consistency of routines, etc.

I think it important to point out that the last four points previously listed are common hindrances of the proper function and health of one’s skin. Whether by over-washing or using a product that dries out one’s skin. It is important to implement a routine that compensates for your skin’s needs.

Then we come to the “fifth” skin type, Sensitive Skin. I personally don’t believe this can be considered a skin type as oily, dry, normal and combination skin can all be reactive to foreign substances. Having sensitive skin is a way to relay that your skin is easily irritated rather than a type. Though it is said that having sensitive skin may be an indicator of an underlying condition.

Of course, I am no licensed dermatologist. My knowledge derives from the information I’ve come across on the internet and social media platforms. If you have any questions or concerns needing address, I urge to seek the opinion and help of licensed professional.

Why Find Your Skin Type? Pt. 2

It is helpful to know your skin type because it can aid in the “prep” process of one’s skin before applying makeup. Though complexion products tend to appease the desired effect of one’s skin, you can also adjust the prep process to ensure a product’s performance. Say you acquired a foundation that has a matte finish. Though your skin type is dry. Those with dry skin tend not to enjoy a matte finish. The solution could be to apply more moisturizer before its application. Adding more hydration and moisture can emulsify a product, thus conforming the finish as such. Making a product perform for you gives you the option of utilizing it instead of ridding yourself of it.

Although the goal really is to be able to determine which products in what quantity best work for you. Understanding your skin type and its tendencies can direct your recognition of key words and ingredients in descriptions of products; as well as eliminate the process of acquiring beauty products in excess that don’t suit you or your makeup style

This in turn will ensure you have an arsenal of skin and makeup products that cater to your needs and preferences; as well as ebb the unnecessary waste of product and money. In time, you’ll curate a streamlined collection that considers quality and performance.

My Skin

I believe I have combination skin, a mix of dry and oily patches. Within the past month, I’ve taken steps to better balance my skin. I was washing my face once in the morning and again at night with moisturizer applied in the morning. At night, I use a drying product. The combination of over-washing my face and the use of harsh products at night add to my face’s oily tendency. Though since the introduction of the evening product I use, my face leans dry with oil production. My thoughts to correct this behavior were “more moisturizer, less agitation”.

Recently, I’ve cut down to washing my face once a day, (in the evening). In the morning, I simply rinse my face with water. As to moisturizer, I apply it both in the morning and evening. With the product previously mentioned at night still in use. My skin has responded positively to this new regimen. I notice much less oil is produced throughout the day and my skin feels more plump with a radiant look, as opposed to a shiny effect

Knowing to what my skin reacts positively allows me to make cuts where necessary. Thus, enabling me to funnel more attention to areas and aspects found wanting, skin related or not. And the credit is due to understanding my skin type!

I am curious to know your skin type and what regimen best promotes its health!

Ardently,

Ana

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