Skin accounts for more than 10% of your overall body mass, making it the human body’s largest organ. As such, it takes a lot of abuse. Extreme temperatures, sun damage, chemicals in cleaners, and cuts and scrapes are just a few of the hazards your skin faces daily. Skin plays numerous roles in our body’s health and wellbeing. It protects us from the elements, reserves calories, and helps to control our bodily temperature.
For these reasons, we must take care of our skin. Using the right skincare routine has multiple physical and psychological benefits to your general wellness. Caring for your skin can prevent early signs of aging, reduce dark spots and under-eye circles, and help you to look younger and feel more confident. Different skin types require different treatments, so choosing the skincare routine that’s right for you is important in providing your body the nutrients and care it needs to look and feel your best.
Understand the Interplay Between Skin Concern and Skin Type
Your skincare routine is determined by two major factors: skin concern and skin type. Skin concerns typically change regularly, so your skincare needs may change too. Maybe you’re recovering from a sunburn, or you have an unusual acne flare-up. Certain skincare products can address these concerns.
Skin type is more fixed. It determines which ingredients are helpful and harmful to your skin. Some ingredients that may be beneficial for your skin concerns may exacerbate another skin problem. By understanding the relationship between your skin concerns and your skin type, you can select skincare products that meet the needs of your skin.
Identify Your Skin Type and Skin Concern
Your skin goes beyond just the five basic categories of oily, dry, normal, sensitive, or combination. In 2004, a dermatologist developed the Baumann Skin Type System (BSTS).
This classification system categorizes skin into 16 distinct types and measures four barriers in our skin:
- Dehydration: oiliness vs. dryness
- Inflammation: resistance vs. sensitivity
- Pigmentation: pigmentation vs. non-pigmentation
- Wrinkles: tightness vs. wrinkling
Determining where you fall in each of these factors serves as the foundation for identifying your skin type. If you’re not sure which skin concern or skin type you have, this simple skin analysis quiz can play a valuable role in helping you choose appropriate skincare products for your needs.
Choose the Right Products
Once you know your skin concern and skin type, you can begin to search for products that are the most effective for your needs. After all, the best product for large pores and oily skin won’t be as effective on normal skin just as the best moisturizer for combination skin may be too greasy for oily skin. Begin by looking at ingredients. Different acids and oils have various effects on certain skin types, so you want to find the right products to combat your skin’s particular issues.
Ingredients for Your Skin Concern and Skin Type
Here are some things to look for depending on your skin concern and skin type:
- Normal: If you want to get firmer skin, you can use vitamin C as long as you have resistant skin. It increases the production of elastin and collagen to keep skin cells plump and healthy. For a milder alternative to pure vitamin C, highly active Encapsulated Peptide can help rapidly improve the skin tone of those with normal and sensitive skin.
- Dry: Mandelic, citric, and lactic acids are extremely gentle at certain doses and provide mild exfoliation while stimulating ceramides. A highly active ferment filtrate from French Polynesia is a natural alternative, as it induces lipid production and prevents moisture loss from the skin surface. These are best for dry and sensitive skin.
- Oily: Products like moisturizers and facial scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acid (BHA) help to reduce the amount of oil the skin produces, but it is more suitable for oily and resistant skin. Red Clover Flower extract is a natural alternative for oily and sensitive skin as it reduces sebum rate and reduces the appearance of pore size with a pH-balanced environment.
- Combination: It can be difficult to find a product that doesn’t clog pores or dry out your skin, but hyaluronic acid is great for combination skin. Scientific studies show ingredients that stimulate natural hyaluronic acid are more effective. One such ingredient, purified French Polynesia ferment filtrate, improves skin hydration.
Ingredients to Avoid
Just as important as looking for the right ingredients is knowing which ingredients to avoid.
Here are some items to steer away from when developing your skincare routine:
- Sulfates: These cleansing agents can cause irritation by stripping the skin of its natural oils.
- Fragrances: Some products use parfums to make them smell better, but these can cause skin allergies and are especially risky for people with sensitive skin.
- Alcohols: Evaporative, simple alcohols like denatured alcohol, isopropyl, SD alcohol 40, and ethanol often found in gel moisturizers and toners all have dehydrating effects on skin.
Develop the Right Routine
Now that you know which products will benefit your skin, you can develop a daily routine. A good skincare routine consists of four main steps.
While it’s the most basic step of any regime, washing your face is also the most essential. Throughout the day, your skin is met with dirt and pollutants that need to be removed. Wash your face twice daily (once in the morning and again before bed) to help remove grime and dead skin cells. This will keep pores unclogged, remove dullness, and help you avoid skin problems like acne.
Following a face wash, toner helps contribute nutrients to the skin while balancing your complexion. Toner can work with the other products in your skincare regime, or it can be a way to introduce helpful ingredients that may not be found in other areas of your routine.
Every day, our skin loses moisture through sweat, evaporation, and other natural processes. This leads to the cracking and flaking of skin cells. Moisturizers help to soften the skin by rehydrating those cells. Moisturizing products typically enhance the protective oils that are found naturally in the skin, so they’re useful for all skin types.
Sun damage has a profound impact on our skin. Over time, too much sun exposure causes the development of wrinkles and fine lines, discoloration, visible changes in our pores, and worst of all, skin cancers. Sunscreen is one of the most crucial aspects of your daily skincare routine. To protect your skin, use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30.
Recent studies show that IR-induced (from infrared rays) aging is more damaging than UV rays, as they can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, choosing ingredients that can protect you from both IR and UV radiation can give your skin full protection from sun damage.
Snowperk Creates a Personalized Skincare Routine
Snowperk understands the importance of a skincare routine that meets your specific needs. Beyond that, knowing your skin concern and skin type is crucial to choosing the right ingredients that your skin can tolerate.
That’s why we offer a personalized line of skincare products that are tailored just for you. Most of our products contain over 95% naturally derived ingredients. We’ll help you identify your skin iD (skin concern and type) and develop a skincare routine that delivers lasting results you can see in just 14 days.
Build your personal skincare routine today!