DETERMINING YOUR SKIN TYPE
In order to take good care of your skin, it is essential to know what skintype you have. Only then can you choose the right skincare products. Generally, the skin is assessed based on both type and condition.
Around the age of 20 it becomes clear what someone's skin type is: dry skin, combination to oily skin or normal skin. Your skin type can change over the years.
The condition of your skin can then be determined. It is often influenced by the environment and can be temporary or permanent. Possible conditions are: dull skin, dehydrated or sensitive skin, skin with fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation marks, loose skin or skin with enlarged pores.
By examining your skin you can determine your skin type and condition. Do you need any advice ? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dry skin is often the result of reduced lipid production in the epidermis and is characterized by :
- a fine and even skin texture
- a dull complexion
- an unpleasant, dry and tight feeling
- skin irritation and sensitivity
- the formation of fine lines and rough skin
Dry skin is aggravated by factors such as age, the use of aggressive cleaning products, poor diet (lack of essential fatty acids), the sun, extreme weather conditions and inadequate protection against this.
Combination to oily skin
Oily skin produces too much sebum. This type of skin is usually genetically determined, but can also be due to internal factors (hormonal changes) and external factors ( heat, humid climates, the use of cleaning products that are too aggressive or not adapted to the skin type and the balance of disturbed skin ).
This leads to :
- an overproduction of sebum, causing the skin to shine, especially in the T-zone
- enlarged pores
- impurities (blackheads, pimples, local irritations)
- a dull complexion.
With a combination skin, the T-zone is more oily than the rest of the face.
Normal skin has an ideal PH value and shows none of the characteristics of either dry or oily skin. The skin is mattified and radiant. It does not feel tight neither does it shine. This 'perfect' skin type is relatively rare, except for children. Even normal skin, which is in principle nicely balanced, sometimes suffers from changing environmental conditions or bodily changes. The skin can also become dry or dehydrated in winter.
A dehydrated skin has a shortage of moisture. All skin types can become temporarily or permanently dehydrated. This skin condition leads to:
- a tight feeling
- fine lines and rough skin in the places where it is low in moisture
- a dull complexion that does not shine
- a 'normal' sebum production in the T-zone
Dehydrated skin is exacerbated by factors such as age, the use of agressive cleansing products, sun exposure, extreme weather conditions, smoking and nutrition.
More information about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin can be found here.
Sensitive skin is common in all skin types. Sensitive skin can be congenital, but over the years it can also be caused by the use of cosmetics that are not adapted to your skin type, by your lifestyle (stress, smoking, poor diet) or by harmful external influences (the climate, pollution , excessive exposure to the sun). If you suffer from sensitive skin or if your skin is quickly irritated, it can be painful and your skin can often be restless, for example after contact with water or as a result of stress or changes in the climate.