Having beautiful skin begins with knowing your skin type and choosing the best skin care regime that caters to your specific needs. Many people do not know their skin type and for this reason, they use the wrong types of skin care products. For instance, the care that goes into treating dry skin is very different from the care that goes into treating oily skin. Treating the wrong skin type can lead to irritated skin, breakouts and premature aging. Choosing the correct skin care routine for your skin type is essential for making your skin appear youthful, healthy and the best it can be.
There are six common skin types: Normal, dry, oily/acne prone, combination and sensitive. We have put together a list of these skin types and their characteristics to help you easily determine which one suits you personally.
Normal skin has very good balance — not too dry or too oily. This is because normal skin has very good circulation. Those with this skin type do not usually experience breakouts and they rarely notice any changes to their skin throughout the day. Seasonal changes do not typically impact those with normal skin and they can use an array of products without experiencing negative side effects. Their skin is usually smooth with an even skin tone.
Those with dry skin most likely experience tight, flaky facial skin due to low sebum production. Dry skin is also prone to experience signs of aging since it’s lacking the body’s natural skin preserver — oil. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser along with a rich, protective moisturizer to nourish the skin and keep it hydrated throughout the day. This is essential to control that tight, uncomfortable feeling. Try our ÄKTA® Anti-Aging System for Normal/Dry Skin which includes our Moisturizer with Ceramides. This moisturizer is very rich and forms a thin barrier that traps moisture on the surface of the skin. It also contains natural oils such as safflower oil and jojoba oil to keep skin hydrated all day.
This type of skin has overactive sebaceous glands, usually located in the T-zone, cheeks and chin. Those with this skin type may need to powder their face often and/or use blotting papers throughout the day. Oily skin is caused by many things such as genetics, hormones, diet, climate, and stress just to name a few. Those who have oily skin may also have enlarged pores and experience acne breakouts because of the amount of oil that secretes from their pores. Having oily skin does not necessarily mean you have acne since acne is caused by dead skin cells and bacteria inside the pore but you are more prone to breaking out. It is very important for those with oily skin to cleanse their face twice a day with a mild cleanser — specifically one that does not completely strip the skin. Stripping away all oils may cause adverse affects because your skin may produce even more oil. Our ÄKTA® Anti-Aging System for Oily/Combination Skin may be beneficial to you because it helps to gently remove oil without stripping the skin. Our ClearPoint® Supplements may also be beneficial to you if you have this skin type. Find out more about it on our website HERE.
Those with combination skin experience oily areas as well as dry patches. The best skin care for this skin type involves treating each area differently. For instance, some areas may require a thick, rich moisturizer while other areas may require a lighter lotion or gel type moisturizer.
This skin type is prone to inflammation and irritation and can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergies. It is important to choose the right skin care for sensitive skin because many cleansers and moisturizers contain ingredients that can cause a negative reaction. Those with sensitive skin are also highly affected by seasonal changes so if you have this skin type, you may need to switch up your products depending on the season.
Hopefully this information was helpful for you to determine your own skin type. Keep in mind that you may have characteristics of more than one skin type listed above — for instance, your skin may be dry and also sensitive. Having this knowledge will help you decide what skin care products are right for you.