Type of Skin
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Type of Skin

What is your skin type?

There are so many products on the market that target oily skin, dry skin, or sensitive skin — but how can you figure out which type of skin you have?

It can be especially tricky to figure out your true skin type because it can change over time and can be affected by climate, hormones, and diet. (There’s also some debate over whether “normal” and “sensitive” skin is even true skin types at all.)

Here’s some advice from dermatologists on how to figure out your own skin type, along with skincare tips and cleanser and moisturizer recommendations for each.

SKIN TYPE 1: DRY SKIN

If your skin looks dry and flaky, it is highly likely that you have dry skin. Dry skin lacks moisture and lipids – i.e. fats. It is, therefore, less elastic and so feels tighter. This can even lead dry skin to begin to itch and even become sore. Dry skin is particularly susceptible to environmental influences, such as sunlight or wind. It is important to protect yourselves with sunscreen and appropriate clothing, such as sun hats. Try La Rose Facial Oil to help provide deep hydration to the skin whilst protecting from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Restorative and hydration creams can be used to help restore the moisture stores and strengthen the skin’s protective barriers.

This is what dry skin is like: 

  • tight and tends to itch
  • rough and flaky appearance
  • reacts quickly to external influences such as temperature.

SKIN TYPE 1: MATURE SKIN

As we grow older, lots of different processes take place in the skin that changes its appearance, structure, and even how it feels. This includes reduced cell activity, slower regeneration, lower collagen production, or damage caused by UV radiation. Mature skin can lack moisture and elasticity, which is often a cause of dry skin in later years of life. With innovative care products, you can reduce lines, wrinkles, and pigment spots. You can help to reduce the undesired effects of mature skin from appearing earlier by using anti-aging products such as day creams and night creams as early as possible. This is what mature skin is like: 

  • less elastic
  • lacks moisture
  • lines, wrinkles, or pigment spots are visible.

    SKIN TYPE 2: SENSITIVE SKIN

    Sensitive skin reacts more to external influences, such as; stress, dry air from heating systems, strong winds, or UV light. If the skin is thrown out of balance, it feels tight, itchy, and dry and develops redness. Sensitive skin can also be a leading contributor to dry skin, blemished skin, acne, or blackheads. Sensitive skin, therefore, requires extra special care to calm it and strengthen its barriers, to help make it more resistant. This is what sensitive skin is like: 

    • is sensitive to environmental influences
    • is tight and itchy
    • is often red.

SKIN TYPE 3: BLEMISHED SKIN

People with blemished skin also tend to have sensitive skin and tends to produce more sebum than necessary, an oil secretion from the sebaceous glands. This can result in blackheads, spots, and acne. This is often a genetic predisposition, which stress and hormonal fluctuations are responsible for. With antibacterial cleansing and care products, you can restore your skin’s natural balance. If you have particularly sensitive skin, try and find gentle and soothing products for the face, such as Cucumber Cleanser This is what blemished skin is like: 

  • large-pored
  • shiny
  • tends to develop impurities.

SKIN TYPE 4: NORMAL SKIN

If you are fortunate enough to have supple and soft, fine-pored and rosy complexioned skin, chances are that either your skin type is normal skin, or your skincare routine is perfect for your skin’s needs. Even committing occasional beauty crimes shouldn’t do too much to harm it. However, to keep its healthy appearance, even normal skin needs moisture and protection. It’s important to still cleanse and moisturize your face every day, and deeply exfoliating at least once a week to remove dirt and dead skin cells.

This is what normal skin is like: 

  • soft, fine-pored, unproblematic
  • rosy complexion
  • well circulated and elastic.