What’s Your Skin Type?

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One of the first things that you should learn about yourself as you go through puberty is your skin type. Puberty is a time for change, and hormonal changes affect skin quickly leaving it dry or greasy or sometimes both at the same time. It helps to know what your skin type is, because then you have the chance to develop a proper skincare routine. Knowing your skin means knowing the right types of products to use on it. It still may take a little trial and error to get to know the brand that’s right for you, but you can really develop your own routine to keep your skin healthy once you do know.

Once you reach adulthood, you may feel like your skin type changes again. Different ages, different times of your life – including pregnancy and the months afterwards – can affect your hormones, which then influences your skin. You can go for facial rejuvenation as you get older, but you need to look after your skin as much as possible before you even get to that point. The water content of your skin has a direct link to the elasticity and comfort. The lipid content in your skin has an effect on the softness and how much nutrition your skin has and how sensitive your skin is will depend on the reaction that it has to certain substances. You should learn your skin type early on, so check out the list below and choose which skin type mostly relates to yours.

Normal Skin

Normal skin has a good balance of water in the surface and lipids within it. It has very few blemishes and scars as well as having no severe sensitivity to chemicals or products. Your pores are barely visible – you lucky thing! – and you glow throughout. It’s a blessing to have a normal skin type and it requires a basic skin routine.

Combination Skin

Sometimes combination skin is both dry and normal in some areas but be depressingly oily in others. The T-zone of the face (the nose, forehead and chin) is the area that gets the oiliest, and combination skin tends to have dilated pores, shiny patches and blackheads. Check out this routine for combination skin.

Dry Skin

Invisible pores are a wonderful thing to have but when they are paired with red patches, a lack of elasticity and lines, it’s not the best. Skin can easily flake and peel with a dry skin type and it can become rough. You need to be very vigilant with dry skin as rough patches can become sore and cracked if not managed properly.

Oily Skin

Very common in teenagers, oily skin can lead to acne, a dull and yet shiny complexion and enlarged and more obvious pores. A routine like this one is the best one for an oily skin type

Getting to know the biggest organ of the body is important as the more you get to know it, the more you can learn to manage it. Staying fresh-faced is the wish for most, so don’t let your skincare routine slide.

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