Analyzing your skin can be difficult. Sometimes your skin may be dry, sometimes it may be oily, sometimes you may get breakouts – so what “skin type” best suits you?
While the most effective way to get a real understanding of your skin is to visit a skin care professional, understanding each skin type better can help you narrow it down.
Use this time at home to get to know your skin better and understand what skin type you may have by reading our guide below.
The signs of skin aging can range from loss of elasticity to deep expression lines and wrinkles.
As skin ages, it undergoes biological changes due to reduction of estrogen, including reduction in collagen and elastin.
External factors, such as diet, lifestyle and free radical exposure can also accelerate signs of aging.
Skin can benefit greatly from an ongoing program of cosmetic products that help to reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging.
Skin Care for Aging Skin: Vita Cura
Combination Skin is characterized by larger pores and more oil production on the t-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) and small pore size with less oil production on the cheeks.
This skin type can benefit from products that help to balance out the excess oil and moisturize dry areas.
Skin Care for Combination Skin: T-Zone
Dry Skin is usually the result of under-active sebaceous glands that produce oil which lubricates the skin.
The skin appears coarse, tight, dull in color, and often with visible lines and wrinkles.
It may also become dry from over exposure to sun and wind, harsh soaps, poor diet, lack of fluid intake, medication, and environmental factors and aging.
Dry skin can be caused by genetic disposition or as a result of skin aging. As a person advances in years, the body’s renewal process slows down and cells are not replaced as quickly as before.
Skin Care for Dry Skin: Hydra Dew
Dehydrated skin is different from dry skin, and may be present in all skin types, as it is usually the result of environmental or lifestyle factors.
Dehydrated skin may have a sufficient amount of oil but still feels tight and flaky due to a lack of water in the skin.
Dehydrated skin is prone to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It will appear thin and may appear fine in texture but is actually coarse to the touch.
Hydrating and nourishing products that deliver the highest amounts of moisture to the skin can be used. Superficial dehydration may lead to superficial lines on the skin’s surface which eventually will turn into deeper wrinkles.
Skin Care for Dehydrated Skin:Hydra Blue
Oily Skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands and is thicker in texture.
The skin has enlarged pores that may be filled with oil and grimy build up from the environment as well as from the use of comedogenic makeup and products.
Oily skin is sallow in appearance and is more prone to the appearance of enlarged pores because of its over lubrication with excessive oil, but is less prone to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines because the oil forms an acid mantle, helping to keep moisture within the skin from evaporating.
Visiting an esthetician who can perform extractions properly can benefit oily skin by helping keep the pores free of dirt and sebum.
Problem skin has many of the same characteristics as oily skin but the additional stimulus of hormones, stress, and other biological factors has an effect on the skin. This is especially common in adolescents, but can manifest at any time in a person's life, particularly during perimenopause.
The first signs of problem skin are usually seen during puberty where there is an increase in the hormone androgen, which stimulates the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. You may experience clogged pores and problem spots.
Skin care products for problem skin, including deep-pore cleansing masks, as well as regular visits to an esthetician, can help keep skin looking clearer and improve its overall appearance.
Skin Care for Problem Skin: Hydra Medic
Normal Skin is free of blemishes that require extensive treatment and does not yet display advanced signs of skin aging such as wrinkling, sagging or extensive environmental damage such as hyperpigmentation.
Normal skin will benefit from maintenance treatments that help the skin appear healthy and more youthful.
Besides proper skin cleansing, at-home care can include the use of products containing nourishing ingredients that help improve the appearance of the skin and skin texture in conjunction with regularly scheduled professional skin care treatments.
Skin Care for Normal Skin: Hydra Blue
Sensitive Skinreadily reacts to a variety of factors such as specific chemicals; airborne debris and/or certain skin care ingredients resulting in skin that often appears red or excessively dry.
The use of gentle and effective skin care products containing seaweed rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids, and ingredients that help soothe skin's appearance and improve the appearance of sensitive skin.
Skin Care for Sensitive Skin:Hydra 4
Sun damage, environmental pollutants, hormones, over-exfoliation, and scars from problem skin can create dark spots and dull, uneven skin tone.
This skin type needs to address this problem by using products that contain Seaweed and other natural ingredients to help gently exfoliate and brighten the appearance of skin.
Skin Care for Uneven Skin Tone:Biolight
*This blog is intended for informational purposes only. This blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other health professional(s) with any questions you may have about a medical condition.
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