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Determining Your Skin Type

When choosing a skin care regimen, it’s vital to know your skin type. The condition of your skin can determine which cleanser, treatment, balancing, and protecting products you should use. Using the wrong products could lead to an over production of oils, strip the skin’s natural barrier, over dry the skin, or even cause acne.


Dec 21, 2020 11:36:12 AM / by The Institute of Skin Science



What's My Skin Type?

When choosing a skin care regimen, it’s vital to know your skin type. The condition of your skin can determine which cleanser, treatment, balancing, and protecting products you should use. Using the wrong products could lead to an over production of oils, strip the skin’s natural barrier, over dry the skin, or even cause acne. No skin type is better than another.

Using the list below can give a helpful insight into your skin type, making your product choices easier.

Normal Skin

  • If you have Normal skin, you do not typically experience breakouts.

  • You can start/stop skin care products without reactions or breakouts.

  • Normal skin tolerates most ingredients.

  • You do not feel like your skin becomes overly dry or oily throughout the day.

  • You have minimal fine lines, wrinkles, and your skin looks and feels healthy.


Oily Skin

  • If you have oily skin, you probably feel like your shine is very prominent.

  • Oily Skin tends to feel and look oily soon after cleansing and throughout the day.

  • Controlling your oil production tends to be your top priority which heavily determines your skin care products and makeup choices.

  • Even though you are oily, you still need to use a moisturizer to keep your skin in optimal health and to keep your skin from over producing oil.

  • Using a well-balanced moisturizer can lessen your production of oil.

  • Oily skin tends to have fewer fine lines and wrinkles.


Dry Skin

  • · If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you know it.

  • These are two different skin types that tend to be characterized together— Dry and Dehydrated.

  • Dry skin is caused by a lack of oil in the skin.

  • Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of moisture, or water.

  • Dry and dehydrated skin can feel itchy, sensitive, flaky, and tight.

  • When working with this skin type, we want to make sure we are sealing in the skins natural barrier by using replenishing ingredients like ceramides and lipids.

  • Dry skin can age faster due to its lack of natural oils.


Combination Skin

  • Combination skin can be a mixture of all skin types.

  • You can find that you are oily in areas like your T-zone and dry or normal in other areas of your face, like your cheeks.

  • Since combination skin has both dry and oily skin, you may need to map out the face and use different products for different areas based on your concerns.


Sensitive Skin

  • Sensitive skin can be characterized by rashes, bumps, flushing, stinging and patches of dryness or irritation.

  • Sensitive skin is often caused by environmental factors, allergies, and even genetics.

  • The way we take care of our skin can determine the sensitivities that we have.

  • If you do tend to be sensitive to products, it is important to simplify your skin care regimen and pay attention to the products that cause discomfort on your skin.

If you are still confused on the type of skin that you have seek the help of a licensed skin care professional who can assist you with product recommendations, treatments, and encouragement.

If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our friendly Master Aestheticians in your area please email support@glymedplusaustralia.com.au

Written by The Institute of Skin Science



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