Day after day women approach the cosmetics counter in search for the perfect cleanser, moisturizer, or foundation. The most common question they are greeted with is: “Great! What is your skin type?” Though some
women know exactly what their skin type is, most of us find that we have absolutely no idea.
First off there is something that you must understand. There is a HUGE difference between skin type and skin conditions. Let me break it down for you….
Skin type is based on your oil production. Skin types are generally classified as: oily, combination, normal, and dry. They are often confused with skin conditions, such as dehydrated, sensitive, acneic (breakouts), and aging.
Oily – This means that your skin is producing more than the average amount. Women with oily skin will often see shine all over the face, particularly in the T-zone (the area between the forehead and the nose and chin). Pores are often large; typically they are visible from the t-zone to the cheeks.
Combination – This means that you have conflicting skin types in different zones of the face. Typically, the T-zone is oily and the cheeks are dry, resulting in a tight, uncomfortable feeling.
Normal - This means there isn’t much shine or tightness; the skin is comfortable. My skin is normal and I might get a bit of shine in the summer and a bit of tightness in the winter (This is very, very normal. Depending on climates, most people are prone to getting a bit shinier in the summer and a little tight in the winter.)
Dry – This means that your skin is tight and uncomfortable all over.
Dehydrated – This skin condition is based on water levels in the skin. Dehydrated skin is often identified by flaking skin. Little lines may appear visible on the skin when you push it up between your fingers.
Sensitive - Clear signs of sensitive skin are redness, burning, itching sensations. These can vary from mild to severe. Ingredients considered mild for some may cause sensitivity for others.
Acneic – Need I say more? The dreaded breakout—which comes in many different forms— can surface in the form of tiny pustules to mega cysts. Some over the counter products can cure this but severe cases may require
a visit to the dermatologist.
Aging - The ultimate dread: sagging, wrinkling, creping. This is inevitable but luckily with today’s access to research and technology, we can slow down aging of the skin and sometimes even reverse its major signs.
Now that you have some more information, what are your skin types/conditions? Were they what you thought they were? Tell me in the comments!