Guide: Understanding Different Skin Types

Understanding your skin type is essential to knowing how to properly manage and care for your skin. So here is the Get Pretty quick-guide to different skin types!

Normal Skin

Normal skin is consider the healthiest skin, the oil glands located across the skin  produce a  moderate amount of oil (called sebum), providing skin that is neither greasy nor dry. The skin is smooth, soft, and supple with no visible pores or blemishes on the surface. The typical way to identify this skin type is the flush color on both cheeks after physical activity.  The pink or reddish cheeks is the result of good blood circulation. Normal skin however, requires no less attention than other skin types to remain problem free.

Dry Skin

Dry skin, is one of the most common skin types which is the result of  insufficient sebum secretion. Dry skin appears to be tight and dull, sometime finelines are noticeable under the eyes. The easy way to identify dry skin is the dry and tight feeling after cleansing the skin, if the dryness and tightness remains 10 minutes after cleansing,  that means the oil glands are inactive. Proper hydration and moisturizing is required for this type of skin. If not cared for correctly the skin could become itchy and sensitive.

Oily Skin

Oily Skin is the result of excess sebum secretion from the oil glands, which is the main cause of acne, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Oily skin is always with grimy and shiny appearance. This type of skin is common through the teenage years and also with people who consume excess amounts of greasy foods. It is also common during pregnancy, and some people taking birth control pills or using harsh cosmetics sometimes also experience oily skin.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mixture of two different types of skin. That is characterized by an oily “T-zone”, which covers forehead, nose and chin. While the rest of the facial skin is dry or normal. Complex treatment and skincare is required for this type of skin, and the correct type of product is suggested for each different area.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin normally gets irritated or turns red with temperature and change of environment. It’s normaly related with poor blood circulation and the skin appears dry looking with visible surface veins and enlarged pores. Sensitive skin type can require hypo-allergenic skin care products which are specially designed for sensitive skin. Cleanse the skin with a soap-free cleanser on a daily basis and never more than twice per day. Avoid using harsh exfoliators and rough towels.

Aging Skin

Aging skin happens when the skin naturally begins to lose its firmness and elasticity during our mid 20’s. As the aging process unfolds the skin will begin sagging, loosen and wrinkle. Sometimes freckles or age spots begin to develop, as well as spider veins. Using anti-aging skin care products, combined with daily skin care routines will help slow down the skin aging or there are many technology treatments claiming aging-prevention.

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