Skin Type vs. Skin Condition and How To Choose Suitable Products

While beauty is skin deep, when it comes to skincare, you can never be too careful. Before you start your skin health regime, you have to understand two things – the type of derma you have and the conditions it is prone to. Contrary to popular belief, they are not one and the same but the former determines the latter. This natural skincare advice blog will help you understand what you need to know about your skin type and skin condition.

The Relationship between Skin Type and Skin Condition

Compared to skin type, a skin condition can vary greatly during different parts of your life. That’s because these are the result of external factors (the elements) and your general health (your stress level, fitness level, etc.). The type of skin condition you get is ultimately determined by how much sebum, sweat these factors produce as well as your skin’s natural moisturising capabilities i.e. your skin type. 

Common Skin Conditions

The following are four common skin conditions and how they make the skin appear:

1.      Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin looks dry, dull and tight to the touch. At this point, it is important to know that dry skin is a skin type and dehydrated skin is a skin condition that anyone can experience. If you have the latter, it means you are not drinking enough water and your stratum corneum i.e. the top layer of your skin has dried out.

What To Look For In Products

  • Keep your skin hydrated using humectant ingredients that attract and bind moisture to it. Look for skincare products that contain vitamin B5, glycerine, hyaluronic acid and ceramide, among other ingredients.
  • Keep the skin smooth and moisturised with products that contain occlusive ingredients that can create a barrier around it. This includes soybean oil, jojoba oils, damask rose, lavender essential oil, aloe vera, etc.
  • Dehydrated skin should be kept moisturised at all times. A liquid-based skincare product, such as serum and light gel, is ideal for you but you can also go for a combination of cream and oil according to the season and external conditions.

2.      Acne-Prone Skin

If you have oily skin, you can are more prone to acne. Breakouts can manifest when pores get blocked with sebum and bacteria, which this type of skin produces in excess. Lack of exfoliation and excess oil production is not a good combination if you want to keep your skin blemish-free. Your skin can also break out easily if you don’t cleanse your skin after removing makeup or over wash it to the point that you strip all of the oils off.

What To Look For In Products

  • Keep your skin exfoliated with products that contain Beta Hydroxy Acids, such as enzymes and salicylic acid or with gentle clay based products that can clean clogged pores.
  • Use products that are gentle on the skin, such as a light serum or a thin lotion, which won’t clog your pores and cause a breakout. Jojoba oil is particularly beneficial in this regard since it regulates sebum production.
  • Use skincare products that have anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as tea tree, green tea, chamomile and aloe vera extract.

3.      Aging Skin

 Skin aging is a completely natural process but external factors can make your derma age faster than normal. This can happen if they stay out in the sun for hours, due to pollution or are exposed to harsh weather conditions on a regular basis. Any of these elements can result in uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles as skin cells fail to renew as rapidly as they should. Aged skin is also characterized by a loss of elastin, which otherwise keeps it firm and young looking.

What To Look For In Products

  • Exfoliate your skin regularly to enhance skin cell turnover using skin health products that contain Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, papaya and pumpkin enzymes.
  • Prevent damage from UV light, pollutants by using products that contain antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, mulberry extracts and green tea.
  • Enhance collagen production and control the amount of melanin your skin produces with products that contain Vitamin A, C and E. These can make your skin look younger and keep dark spots at bay.

4.      Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, that means you are prone to breakouts and other adverse reactions. In other words, your skin can react strongly to chemicals in skincare products, dyes and even fragrances.  Some of the common signs that determine this condition include unexplained rashes, redness, dryness, breakouts and you may also sunburn easily. Skin sensitivity can be due to a wide range of issues but it typically occurs when there is a break in the skin’s protective epidermal layer.

What To Look For In Products

  • Soothe sensitive and inflammatory skin with products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as green tea and aloe vera extract. Plus, be gentle during application and make sure your skin remains moisturized at all times to maintain its natural barrier.
  • Avoid skin health products that contain harsh ingredients, such as alcohol, fragrance and retinoids i.e. vitamin A. These can exacerbate your skin condition by making your skin more sensitive to the elements.
  • Always do a patch test before purchasing a skincare product for sensitive skin to see how it reacts to your derma. You may be tempted to use it later, which can prove disastrous for your skin.

The bottom line is that the type of skin you have determines the skin condition you get. Both work with one another to determine how your derma looks and how it reacts to the elements and products. Our natural, science-backed skincare line is just what you need to get glowing and younger-looking skin without suffering from side effects. Check out our Healthy Glow and Speisialtóir Vitamin C&E lines to address your specific skin’s needs today!

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