What part of the world do you come from? What is your skin type?
In this 'skin care tips for women' series, we'll talk about existing skin types and a simple process of how to identify them. Paying close attention to your skin type is a good first step in understanding how to treat your skin, but it is only the sweet beginning.
Are You Attached To Your Skin Type?
Each of us tends to have a certain type of skin whether it be oily, dry or sensitive, and we think that it all ends there. However, we fail to understand that our skin is dynamic and changing in some way almost every day (like our mood swings). If you will lock yourself into a specific skin 'type' (like "oily type") you will fail to notice changes. You will not be flexible enough to adjust your skin care regimen accordingly. Most of the time this critical point is left out.
Our complexions are very much like our personalities that are influenced by our unpredictable environments. One day we can be happy and the other day irritated, and upset. In the same way, a variety of factors can alter your skin's appearance each day. Don't be too restrictive and attach yourself to one skin type. Become conscious of what is happening in your world (inside of your body, as well as outside), so you can adjust your skin products and/or your environment.
Skin Care Tip #1:
Tune into your body: learn how to read your skin using common sense, so you can adjust your daily regimen, if necessary.
For example, if your skin feels dry, apply a lotion or moisturizer. If your nose tends to get oily then use a degreaser, (like salicylic acid or a gentle face cleanser) on that specific area. If you are having a stressful week, squeeze in a liberating meditation or two.
Skin Types By Fitzpatrick
Terms such as "oily," "dry," "sensitive" or "combination" are used more in the marketing world. In the medical field, the only real 'skin type' classifications are Fitzpatrick Skin Types that go from Type 1 to 6. Categorized by skin color, they assess how a skin type responds to the sun.
Type 1 is super fair and susceptible to sunburns, while Type 6 is very dark skin that seldom burns. Despite the fact that most of us do not fit perfectly into any physical description, this type of system provides a general scale from lightest to darkest and represents vital problems that often appear for each category.
For instance, Type 1 is usually Caucasian, someone with pale skin, light eyes, blond or red hair that can have redness and freckling. Now, most Asian women would be classified as a Type 2. I believe you get the gist by looking at the chart below.
In other words, these skin types serve as clues and can point you (or a doctor) in the right direction: how your skin reacts to external influences (the environment) and internal factors (medication you are taking).
There are so many people with chronically dry skin who believe they have some skin disorder, when they simply need a body lotion to moisturize their skin on a daily basis. Tune into your body, and it will give you hints.
If your skin gets red and irritated or stings when you put on a moisturizer, it tells you that it is sensitive. In response, you can use products with soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients such as algae (seaweed) extract, aloe vera or soy. On the other hand, it would be recommended to stay away from chemical sunscreens, glycolic acid, some preservatives and detergents. We expand more on it in our 'skin care tips for women' series when we discuss skin routines.
Beauty Tip #2:
Become a little detective: in order to evaluate the condition of your skin and get to the core problem (if any), ask yourself the following questions:
- Does my skin tend to be dry most of the time?
- How does my skin usually behave? Does it lean more towards oily or dry?
- Does your skin get irritated or hyperpigment easily (… a sign of sensitivity)?
- Do I usually have an oily T-zone? Or do I have a specific area on my face that is regularly a problem?
- Do I touch my face a lot or pick at it nervously?
- What kind of products do I use and how often?
- How many different products do I use on my skin and hair?
- Am I under stress?
- Is it a special time of the month?
- Did anything change in my diet lately? Did I eat something strange? Did I start drinking more milk?
- What climate do I live in? Or have I traveled recently?
- What kind of makeup do I wear?
- How many showers do I take?
- How often do I wear sunscreen?
- Do I take any medications regularly (including aspirin)?
- Have I had a surgery or any health problems in the last year?
To sum it up, simply keep in mind that your skin is directly tied to everything in your life - externally and internally! Tune in, ask the right questions, like a detective would, and you will have your answers.
Would you add anything to this list of questions? Or any other tip you'd like to share?
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