How many skin types exist?
There are four skin types and each one has its specific characteristics and particularities that you need to know to understand your skin and choose your skincare routine. The skin types are:
- Normal skin
- Dry skin
- Combination skin
- Oily skin
Even though each person has a skin type, that does not mean that it cannot eventually change. Plus, the skin can have other characteristics depending on internal or external factors, for example, combination skin can be dehydrated. Therefore it is important to adapt the skincare routine to the needs of your skin in every moment of life.
If you have ever wonder what is, in fact, your skin type, stay with us and discover what differentiates each skin type and which one matches your skin’s description.
In normal skin, the characteristics of all other skin types simply do not verify. It is a balanced skin, without special needs. Its main features are:
- No sensitivity
- No excess sebum
- Few or none imperfections
- Without pulling or tightening
As normal skin does not have any special needs, hydrating is probably the most important step of the skincare routine. Choose a comfortable cleanser and a moisturizer developed for normal skin to keep the skin clean, balanced and hdyrated.
This skin type lacks both hydration and lipids because it produces little sebum so it has difficulty in retaining moisture. What distinguishes this skin type from the rest is:
- Rough skin
- Lack of elasticity
- Non-visible pores
- Cracks on the skin
To meet the needs of dry skin, look for moisturizing and nourishing products, that can compensate for the lack of lipids and water on the skin. Rich creams, hydrating serums and mascaras and nourishing oils are just perfect to provide comfort to dry skin.
Combination skin is, as the name indicates, a mix between dry and oily skin. Usually, the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) feels more oily than the rest of the face. Combination skin is characterized by:
- Large pores
- Oiliness in the T-zone
Combination skin needs both sebum regulating products, especially on the T-zone, and hydrating products. A cleanser to help eliminate and control sebum, sebum regulating serums, mattifying creams and hydrating gels that are formulated with this skin type in mind are exactly what combination skin daily routine is all about.
This is a skin type where there is an excessive production of sebum that accumulates on the skin, providing and undesirable shine. The sebum also contributes to the formation of imperfection and pimples and blackheads. The most characteristic features of oily skin are:
- Very large pores
- Oiliness in the whole face
- Thick skin
- Excessive skin shine
- Pimples, comedones, blackheads
To counterbalance the excess sebum, oily skin needs products that help to regulate sebum production and remove the oiliness on the skin surface. Also, ideal for oily skin are products that reduce pore size, mattify and reduce pimples. So, mattifying creams, products for the localized treatment of imperfections and purifying gels are exactly what oily skin asks for.
Have you identified your skin type?
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