Did you know that human skin is the largest organ of the human body? And Not only that. Our skin is exposed to adverse external influences, and therefore it is essential to take good care of it.
Our skincare investment will pay off in the form of more beautiful and supple skin and a youthful appearance even in later life.
It is essential to know your skin type to gain the best possible effects. Skincare treatment that helps one skin type may have adverse effects on other skin types.
There are generally four skin types:
- Normal skin
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Combination skin
Quick skin type test
If you are not sure what skin type you have, try a simple test. In the morning, wash your face thoroughly with clean water. Dry your skin by gently putting the towel on your face to wipe off excess moisture. Do not use any cosmetics. Within half an hour, the skin begins to produce natural sebum. Apply a paper towel to your face and find out how the skin reacts. If the paper towel stays dry and without oily spots, you have a dry skin type. Ointment in the T-zone signals combined skin type. If the oily spots are all over your face, your skin is oily. For normal skin, there are only a few spots of sebum on the paper towel.
Normal skin type
Normal skin is an ideal skin type but also the rarest. Normal skin is typical for children and teenagers. The women usually have normal skin by the teenage years and later acquire the characteristics of one of the other basic skin types: dry, oily, or combination. With a normal skin type, there is a normal and even production of sebum. Normal skin type does not require special care because skin pores are fine, minimal, and not well visible. Normal skin has a velvety soft surface. The skin color depends on the pigment amount, i.e., slightly pinkish skin or beautiful brown shade.
Dry skin type
In youth, this skin type is very nice because the sebaceous cells are not very active. During this period, acne rarely occurs as well. With aging and the hydration loss from the skin, wrinkles deepen, which is a disadvantage, primarily at a higher age. Women with dry skin type have more visible wrinkles compared to women with oily or combination skin. Dry skin is fragile, and comes across as soft but is usually rough and dry to the touch. This skin type is prone to breaking arteries. Dry skin lacks natural sebumand is therefore poorly protected against external influences such as frost, sunlight, or wind. These external influences often subsequently dry it out even more. Dry skin is often irritated and tensed, especially after the age of thirty. Improper care tends to reveal dried areas where the skin peels down. Typical dry skin is pale, almost translucent.
Oily skin type
Excessive sebum production is typical for the oily skin type, causing a shinier appearance. Characteristics of this skin type are significant sebaceous cells, in which inflammatory processes occur in case of overfilling and clogging the pores. Inflammation causes reddened areas on the skin. As for oily skin type, the skin is more yellow or has a grayish shade. The physiological lubrication of the skin causes this phenomenon. Oily skin is „oily“ and rough when touching it.
Due to insufficient skincare and internal problems (hormonal, digestive, or unhealthy lifestyle), inflammatory processes can cause acne. Often, by not treating this acne condition, Seborrhea can occur as well. After Seborrhea, scars may remain on the skin. Oily skin type has the advantage due to the oily filter. It is better protected against external and weather conditions. Women with oily skin own a significant advantage at a later age because their skin ages more slowly, and wrinkles appear on this type of skin much later than on women with dry skin. In general, women with oily skin look younger than their peers with dry skin at an older age.
Combined or mixed skin type
This skin is a combination of oily and dry or normal skin. Usually, a mixed skin type has the T-zone areas (forehead, nose, chin) with oily skin, but temples and cheeks have dry or normal skin. It is the most common skin type. The combination of skin types is more difficult to treat because one should treat oily parts with the products for oily skin and the dry parts with the products for dry skin. Women with this skin type sometimes experience hard times choosing cosmetics because oily skin products tend to dry out dry parts of the face. The main characteristic of the mixed skin type is widened pores, known as comedones within the T-zone.