Many women can be confused by advertising, professionals and other sources claiming that they have a certain skin type. It can be hard to understand where exactly your skin fits in on the wide, and ever-broadening spectrum. At Bee Green, we’ve compiled an easy, but not exhaustive list to give you an idea of which category your skin fits into. When it comes to caring for your skin, you need to know your skin type and what products are going to work for you. Our skin is the largest organ in your body, so we need to ensure we’re taking care of it as much as any other organ.
The Different Skin Types:
Your skin would generally be blemish-free and not prone to redness. It would also be neither too dry nor too oily. You would generally have a radiant complexion and your pores would be hardly visible. However, people with this skin type would not be 100% clear of imperfections, but you would have the occasional few. Having completely normal skin is pretty rare, as most of us can suffer with changes of hormones, which can cause our skin to lead towards a more combination type.
TIP: Change your moisturiser often, this could be clogging your pores without you realising.
Combination skin is a common skin type for most of us, this means your skin could be dry and/or oily in certain areas. The oily areas would particularly be focused around your T-Zone (nose, chin and forehead). You may have enlarged pores, or suffer with the occasional blackhead. Combination skin also covers areas such as having wrinkles, breakouts or rosacea.
TIP: Although it may be tempting, stay away from harsh scrub like cleansers. These will only aggravate your skin further.
Dry skin types are generally self-explanatory; you would suffer with dry areas on your complexion. You would have less elasticity in your face, and potentially more visible fine lines. Dry skin is generally a result of genetic factors, such as hormonal imbalances, having an under-active thyroid or due to untreated dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, rather than a skin type, which essentially means you have a moisture deficiency. This skin condition is most likely temporary and more treatable than dry skin, as it’s caused by external factors such as using harsh cleansers or a change in the weather.
TIP: Your skin needs all the moisture it can get, and sometimes it just needs a little pick me up. Try a facial mist that will not only hydrate but also allow your skin to absorb your moisturiser much better.
Those with an oily skin type would generally suffer with a shiny/oily complexion. You may also struggle with blackheads and breakouts, and your pores may be enlarged. Oily skin is generally a result of hormonal changes.
TIP: Your oily skin will be a result of excess sebum production; this means that you need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Excess sebum production can lead to dead skin cells resulting in pimples or acne.
Those with sensitive skin may suffer with reactions from abundance of products, making it difficult to find a skin care routine that works.
TIP: Look for fragrance-free products, as these can be the cause of some skin reactions. We would also advise you to switch to organic beauty products, as these are free from toxins and harsh chemicals that you’re reacting to.
If you’re interested in switching to green beauty, you can read our article on Greenwashing in the beauty and skincare industry, which will give you the important information you need to know about going green.