Different Skin Types and How to Take Care of Them

June 23, 2021

Knowing your skin type is essential for proper skin care. From normal, sensitive, and dry to oily and combination skin, each of these types requires unique care. If you’ve been having trouble getting that smooth, clear and beautiful skin, it’s possible that you just haven’t been taking care of your skin.

Be it because you didn’t know your skin type or because you were using the wrong kind of products, your skin was suffering, but it doesn’t have to anymore. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll know exactly how to take care of your skin.

Oily skin routine

Do you have pimple-prone skin with enlarged, open pores? Is your face constantly shiny, making it difficult for you to control the glow? If so, your skin type is oily. The key to controlling the sebum build-up is to regularly exfoliate your oily complexion. Dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria in combination with sebum build-up are likely to accumulate in the pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Proper gentle exfoliation will prevent that and offer you supple skin. Mild exfoliating agents such as salicylic acid will be your best companion in battling oily skin. On top of that, avoid chemical-laden, heavy, and thick cosmetics that can clog your pores. Non-comedogenic and oil-free skincare and makeup products will be a better choice.

Dry skin habits

Prominent and visible lines, lack of elasticity, red patches, rough, dull complexion, and small, closed pores are just some of the characteristics of dry skin. If you’ve noticed these features on your skin, then your skin is dry and will require adequate care.

You should use skincare products that contain mild, moisturizing, and replenishing ingredients like green tea extract. Look for a body moisturizer that helps your skin to hydrate and moisturize it. You’ll also need to hydrate from the inside and drink enough water during the day to offer your skin more elasticity.

Combination skin tips

If your skin is oily and shiny in the T-Zone, and dry around the cheeks, your skin type is combination. For this type, we recommend skincare products that are formulated with mild and herbal ingredients such as chamomile, cucumber, and green tea. They will calm inflammation and soothe your skin. You will find an array of amazing luxury skin care products online, where you should look for two different types of moisturizers for your skin.

Namely, since you have a combination of oily and dry skin, only one moisturizer won’t suffice for all of your skin needs. Therefore, look for one moisturizer that will address the dry skin on your cheeks and a different one that will tackle the oily area in and around the T-Zone. Opt for a dense, creamy moisturizer to use on your cheeks and an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer for the T-Zone.

Treating normal skin

Also known as eudermic, the normal skin type is the luckiest among them all. This skin type is well-balanced, which means it’s neither too oily nor too dry. Normal skin promotes good blood circulation, and it usually has a smooth texture. With fine pores, no blemishes, sensitivity, or breakouts, people with normal skin type won’t have to stress at all about finding products to take care of their skin.

All they need to make sure of is that their skin is healthy and hydrated. They can easily do that by using plenty of water and moisturizers, wearing sunscreen, and removing any makeup before bed. Washing their face before going to bed is essential to keep the skin healthy and glowing.

Sensitive skin advice

Are you experiencing a lot of dryness, burning, itching, and redness on your skin? Whether you have experienced one, two, or every one of those characteristics, your skin is sensitive. In that case, you should avoid harsh and fragranced skincare products. Instead, go for mild, sulphate-free facial cleansers.

They will remove any impurities and dead skin cells without damaging your skin. To tone your skin, we suggest products that have chamomile and green tea extracts. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and soothing properties, your skin will not experience any irritation, redness or burning after you use them.

Look for anti-irritating moisturizers too, and invest in scent-free ones because they won’t cause any allergic reactions. Don’t forget to slather on SPF when you’re spending time outside, regardless of the season.

Final thoughts

Oily, dry, combination, normal, and sensitive are the main skin types, and one of them is yours. Make sure you know which skin type you have so that you can apply adequate skincare. Only with proper cleansing, toning and moisturizing will you be able to offer your skin everything it needs to always be glowing, smooth, clear and fabulous. Adopt a healthy lifestyle alongside a proper skin care regimen, and with healthy sleeping habits, exercising, and a nutritional diet, you’ll have beautiful skin that everyone will envy you for.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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