Skincare is a personal process that is different for everyone. Because everyone’s skin is unique, skin care products and routines that work for your friends may not work for you. Determining your skin iD (skin type and skin concerns) can enable you to create a skincare routine that addresses your particular issues and help you develop healthy, glowing skin.
Although there are several different skin types (long-term characteristics) and skin concerns (short-term issues), each has defining traits that can help you assess your skin.
Understanding your skin type is an important first step in discovering the most effective way to take care of your skin. While all skin types benefit from using products like moisturisers, which ones you use will depend on what type of skin you have.
Understanding your skin type may help you find the right solutions to help achieve your skincare goals. If you’re unsure how to determine your skin type, our skincare specialists are experts at identifying each type and can help you craft a routine based on your skin type’s needs. You can book a FREE 1 on 1 online consultation with our specialists, after your initial skin type assessment.
What Are Different Skin Types
To develop a skincare routine that truly benefits your particular skin, it’s important to first gain an understanding of the different skin types.
The four main skin types are:
- Dry Skin: A lack of oil production causes skin cells to become dry and flaky.
- Oily Skin: An overproduction of sebum leaves skin feeling greasy and appearing shiny.
- Normal Skin: The right balance of oil and dryness. This skin is generally even and smooth.
- Combination Skin: Some areas of the face overproduce oil while other areas don’t produce enough. The T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) are oily while the cheeks are dry.
However, there are a host of other factors that can affect the condition of your skin. The Baumann Skin Type Classification System further categorizes skin into 16 specific types while evaluating four barriers:
- Dehydration: dryness vs. oiliness
- Inflammation: sensitivity vs. resistance
- Pigmentation: non-pigmentation vs. pigmentation
- Wrinkles: wrinkling vs. tightness
This means that someone who has oily skin may also experience some surface-level dehydration. Often, dehydration is mistaken for dry skin. In doing so, you could begin using a heavier cream moisturizer that actually works against your oily skin. That’s why it’s important to correctly identify your skin iD and find products to support your skin’s issues.
3 ways to help you determine your skin type at home
1. The Bare-Face Method
An easy way to determine your skin type is to carefully study your bare skin. You can start by washing your face with a mild cleanser. Then, gently pat dry with a soft towel and refrain from applying any skincare products. After 25-30 minutes, observe your skin. What does it look like? Does it appear shiny on your cheeks and t-zone? You might have oily skin. Or, does your skin feel tight and have flaky areas? Your skin is likely dry. If you see an unbalanced mix of oiliness and dryness, you most likely have combination skin.
2. The Blotting Sheet Method
Another way to determine your skin type at home is to press a clean blotting sheet on various spots of your face. Then, hold the sheet up to a light to see how much oil was absorbed. Your skin type will generally be dependent on how much oil is visible, meaning the more oil on the paper, the more likely you have oily skin. If there is little to no oil visible, you most likely have dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals minimal oil from your forehead and nose, your skin is probably normal or combination.
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Can Skin Type Change?
“Your skin type is genetically determined and that is not something that changes with the season,” says NYC-based dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, MD.
However, your skin type can be temporarily changed due to the internal and environmental factors change, some of which including:
- Hormones (i.e. during pregnancy and menopause).
- You might be familiar with the term “pregnancy glow”, where your body produces more estrogen which alters your skin condition. For most, they experience a positive change in their skin, more balanced sebum and plumper cheeks.
- Impact of ageing
- Besides having to face the reality of wrinkles and sagging skin, your skin type can also affect how your skin is in your golden years. As we age, our bodies produce less estrogen and this leads to skin dryness. For those who have an oily skin type, this comes as an advantage as your skin is less prone to wrinkle formation! However, dry skin types may experience increased dryness and the concern of forming wrinkles quickly. To prevent this, always start early on your anti-aging skincare routine.
- Sunlight exposure
- We all know how damaging UltraViolet rays can be to our skin. In a 2020 study to conduct an analysis of the effects of skin aging, sun damage was found to have long-lasting effects on the dermis layer of the skin. The damage to the dermis is usually followed by early signs of photoaging and in some cases photo-carcinogenesis. We also found out that IR induced aging is more damaging than their UVA and UVB counterparts. However it can be easily prevented with this first of its kind natural active ingredient.
- Your diet is so important! To achieve healthy, glowing skin, you need to eat healthy as well!
- Lifestyle / Stress
- Is your skin type linked to your stress level? One study found some evidence to suggest that your emotional stress can contribute to a degree of inflammation on the skin. Often, causing breakouts.
- Health conditions
- When we fall sick, our body focuses most of its energy towards recovering. This means slower cycles of cell renewal and production of healthy oils. This can lead to dull and sunken skin appearance. Exercise regularly and always consumer plenty of greens. This not only shields your body from illnesses, but also gives your skin that glowing boost it needs!
- The external environment
- According to Dr. Sarah Sawyer from Dermatology & Laser of Alabama, skin will also make adjustments according to climate and seasonal changes in order to keep other organs safe. However, different skin types can react in different ways to weather changes. For example, Dr. Sawyer explains that when exposed to drier climates, those with dry skin may find they need more or heavier moisturizers to stay hydrated. On the other hand, those with oily skin may find their skin actually balances out or even becomes oilier from sebaceous glands compensating for the dry conditions by producing more oil than usual.
It is important to adjust your personal skincare routine when your skin type changes temporarily in order to take care of your skin in its best interests.
Develop a Custom Skincare Routine for Your Skin Type with snowperk
Different skin types require different attention and care to maintain the right balance of the skin’s moisture and oil. Snowperk’s personalized product can help you find the right products to meet your specific skincare needs. We can show you how to know your skin type and guide you in dveloping the right routine for your skin.
Our skin iD test will uncover your skin type and offer you a fully personalised routine with detailed information on which ingredients your skin needs.
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