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Skincare can be all about using lotions, toners, and moisturisers. However, before you pick a product that promises smooth and supple skin, it is important to find out if that product is suitable for your skin type. More importantly, whether you have dry skin or oily skin, it will react differently when seasons change.
Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and harsh products can damage its complex tissues. So, it is best to understand skin types and what suits your skin the best before you make your purchase.
Everyone has a distinct skin type. Some of the common skin types are oily skin, combination skin, and dry skin. The plethora of products available in the market can be confusing when you do not know what is best for your skin. So, what is your skin type? Let us help you find out!
As a rule, skin can be dry, oily, or a combination of the two. However, some skins are sensitive, and the lucky few even have normal skin!
Have you wondered about how to know your skin type?
A close examination of your skin will tell you whether it feels dry and flaky or if you feel the grease on your fingertips when you touch your skin.
For a broad, basic analysis to find out your skin type, you can conduct this simple test. Take some blotting paper and pat it onto your skin. If there is no oil on the paper, you may have dry skin. If the paper comes away with oil from all areas of the skin, you have oily skin. If only the T-zone comes back oily, it means you have combination skin.
Products with salicylic acid are perfect for this skin type, as it penetrates the skin and attacks the acne bacteria. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for skincare. Salicylic acid reduces the inflammation in clogged skin pores by combating the germs present in the acne. It clears the skin without causing oiliness. It works well on blackheads and whiteheads too. However, moderation is the key; overuse of the product can cause skin irritation.
If you have oily skin without acne and blemishes, beta hydroxy acid is the right choice, as it reduces oil in the skin. This acid is less harsh and is present in most facial scrubs and moisturisers.
AHAs [alpha hydroxy acids] are the go-to product for dry skin that is not sensitive. Honey is a good alternative as it keeps the moisture trapped in the skin, something that dry skin needs. Honey has antimicrobial properties that help the skin’s immune system to adapt.
If your skin is dry and sensitive, it’s best to test products on a patch of skin before you use them. Substances such as citric, lactic, glycolic and mandelic acids are AHAs that are good for skin that is not prone to breakouts.
The word ‘acid’ is a misnomer as these are gentle on the skin. They work deep into the pores and on the surface too.
Since combination skin is a contradictory mix of oily and dry skin, finding the right ingredient that doesn’t clog the pores and cause dry skin is not easy. Hyaluronic acid is your ingredient of choice for combination skin. Amazingly, hyaluronic acid can combat oiliness and dryness at the same time.
For normal skin, the chances of breakouts and blackheads are low. As such, you can use a variety of products without fear.
If you are blessed with normal skin, here are some tips on how to look after it.
As there are chances of irritation if you have sensitive skin, opt for products with ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, or oatmeal. Being excellent moisturisers, you don’t have to worry about breakouts and irritation.
Appearance matters. And your face is the first thing that people see when you meet them. Caring for your skin diligently with meticulously formulated products, like Conscious Chemist’s, is sure to make heads turn. But more importantly, you will love the person staring back at you from the mirror even more!