The difference between skin type, skin condition and our skin’s defence mechanism...
Our skin is our most precious asset. If we love it, it will love us back. But first we have to understand what skin type we have and what skin condition we may have so that we can know how to best take care of it.
What’s my skin type?
There are 4 skin types. They are: normal, dry, oily, and combination.
Normal skin is usually smooth in appearance with no blemishes that are visible. There are no areas that are greasy or flaky.
Dry skin usually has a dull appearance and is often characterized by flaky skin. In extreme cases, skin may itch or even burn. In some cases, skin may crack. Fine lines are generally more apparent with this skin type as there is usually a lack of elasticity
Oily skin often appears shiny thanks to overactive sebaceous glands. The pores also tend to be enlarged and as such, this skin type is often prone blackheads.
Combination skin usually presents itself as cheeks and area around the eyes that are dry and nose, forehead and chin, the famous T-Zone that are oily.
Does my skin have a condition?
While each of us has our own unique skin type, we may also have a unique skin condition. A few of the most common ones are: dehydration, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.
If your skin feels tight and you have visible fine lines, your skin is dehydrated. A gentle exfoliator followed by a serum and moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid are your best allies.
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that is caused by over-exposure to the sun. As with most skin conditions, prevention is your best friend but you can treat this condition no matter how advanced it may be. First, don’t go a day without sunscreen. Then, a low chemical exfoliator should be used daily. You can also opt for a chemical peel but be sure to use the services of your trusted aesthetician. A skin brightening serum is also highly recommended.
The formation of wrinkles is one of the most common skin conditions out there. Both external and internal factors can contribute to this condition. Things such as pollution, smoking, genetics, hormonal changes, etc. Although no one product can stop the aging process, there are many things you can do to slow it down. Again, chemical peels can do wonders and following a beauty regimen that includes a moisturizer rich in hyaluronic acid, is your best bet.
What is the skin’s defence mechanism?
When skin is dehydrated it lacks water. This lack makes skin produce more oil. This overproduction of oil happens in order to compensate for the lack of moisture. It’s why the condition of dehydrated skin often gets mistaken for an oily skin type. To stop this vicious cycle, try switching to gentle products in your daily skincare regimen. Harsh products can sap the water right out, leaving your skin feeling anything but hydrated.
Still not sure what your skin type is and if you have a skin condition? Book an appointment with your favorite aesthetician today and ask her to perform a through skin analysis.
Once you know the state your skin is in, you’ll be able to treat it the way it deserves to be treated.