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WHATS MY SKIN TYPE, AND HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF IT?

Sometimes it can be hard to identify exactly what skin type you are... or maybe you've thought you were something different! Regardless, you need to know what you are, so you can give your skin the proper lovin!


*Feel free to check out our skin test to find out the right products for you!*


DRY SKIN

Dry skin is caused by damaged skin. Skin has a protective barrier to keep moisture in and germs out. When this barrier is broken, moisture evaporates

  • Feels tight in the morning

  • May have rough and flakey patches

  • Maybe itchy

  • Dull appearance

  • You are not prone to getting acne and pimples, due to low sebum production

Tips For Dry Skin

  • Apply moisturizer daily

  • Exfoliate dead skin as needed (every other day, once a week, etc)

  • Fill that water bottle up and start drinking, sis

  • When bathing, avoid super hot water, as this will dry you out worse

  • Pat your skin dry, don't rub

  • Weather and temperature can be an irritant. Plan around the day, and avoid being in dry, hot, or humid weather for extended periods of time

  • Sunscreen is your friend, stop avoiding it

  • Try a humidifier

DEHYDRATED SKIN

Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water and external elements

  • Skin is visibly dry and may have rough or flakey spots but produces excessive sebum

  • Often mistaken for oily skin due to oil production, which can often make it worse due to the use of drying products

  • Should be treated as dry skin, despite oily appearance

  • Fine lines are more noticeable

  • Sensitive skin

Tips For Dehydrated Skin

  • Drink at least your recommended daily amount of water

  • Love yourself more! An unhealthy diet and excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption deplete your skins water content

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water

  • Try a hyaluronic acid serum. This simple product can help work as a magnet for moisture

  • Skip harsh gritty scrubs and opt for something more gentle

SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive skin is more reactive to certain ingredients in products, and is easily inflamed and irritated

  • Reacts negatively to many products, often breaking out or becoming very dry

  • May become red or hot when touched

  • May have visible blotchiness and/or red areas

  • Maybe itchy

  • Most cosmetics may make you feel uncomfortable

  • After washing your face, it feels tight and uncomfortable

Tips For Sensitive Skin

  • Watch the products you buy! It's important for you to avoid certain products and ones with fragrances

  • Try doing a skin test before you commit to new products. Do this by putting a small amount of product on your skin, not your face, wait around 48 hours to see if there is any irritation

  • Try finding an organic moisturizer or one especially designed for sensitive skin

  • Check your diet, girl. Drink lots of water and natural juices to stay hydrated. Also, some foods may have negative effects on your skin and increase your sensitivity

  • Manage your time in the sun. Lots of sun exposure can damage skin cells, which can cause flare-ups. If you can't avoid the sun, use a sunscreen with a high SPF and wear sunglasses

  • Wash your face a lot, it helps to moisturize the skin and wash away the gunk trapped in pores. Remember to always pat your face dry with a clean towel, never rub

OILY SKIN

Oily skin happens when there is an excess of sebum in the face. Sebum is the oily/waxy substance that protects and hydrates the skin

Tips For Oily Skin

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin is just that- a combination of oily and dry. Combination skin can be super frustrating to deal with because it is all about finding that right balance

  • Usually dry on the cheeks, but oily in the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)

  • Enlarged pores, usually on the nose

Tips For Combination Skin

  • Balance is key! Avoid over-cleansing the t-zone, but protect the dry areas by applying a moisturizer

  • Learn the difference between exfoliating and being cruel to your face! Feel free to exfoliate, but don't use abrasive products and avoid vigorously scrubbing- this will only irritate your skin

  • Don't be upset if you have to mix and match products! For example, you might need a heavier cream for moisturizing your cheeks, and a lighter moisturizer for your oily areas

  • Toner, toner, toner! Toner is a great way to help clarify and balance pH levels in your skin

  • Learn about your acids! I know, this sounds crazy, but AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) help reveal new fresh skin underneath dead skin cells, and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) help exfoliate and unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria

  • Try to find yourself a sunscreen made for combination skin

  • Face masks are life. Look for a dead sea mud mask. These are great for nourishing skin and draw out impurities without aggravating combo skin types

  • Sometimes avoiding products with fragrances, oils, and alcohols can be very beneficial


ACNE-PRONE SKIN

The result of over-active oil glands at the base of hair follicles

  • Prone to acne

  • Usually combination to oily skin

  • Products can easily cause flare-ups

  • Can be caused by sensitivity or hormonal imbalances

Tips For Acne Prone Skin

  • Skip exfoliation. I know, you might think it's effective, but I'm here to tell you it's not. You only need to use your (clean) fingers to massage gently. Avoid abrasive ingredients like products with beads. Remember pat dry, don't rub

  • Avoid over-drying products. It may seem like a good idea to strip your face of all of its oil, but it will actually make you produce more. Avoid alcohol-based astringents and things like that

  • Clean those makeup brushes! Makeup brushes harbor a ton of dirt and bacteria which is a no-no when you already suffer from acne-prone skin

  • Choose your makeup wisely. Consider switching to mineral-based products. They have ingredients that will sop up that extra oil on the skin but won't clog your pores

  • Make it a habit to keep your hands off your face! The last thing you need is your hands touching your face and rubbing off all those germs and bacteria

  • Make salicylic acid/hyaluronic your new BFF. It sounds super extra, but it's actually a natural ingredient derived from plants. It's one of the most effective anti-acne products out there


NORMAL SKIN

Although normal skin looks great already, it still requires maintenance

  • None of the above

  • Dewy appearance

  • No major skin issues

  • Even tone

  • Smooth texture

  • No visible pores or blemishes

Tips For Normal Skin

  • Always use an astringent with a low alcohol content

  • Avoid direct heat on the face. So be careful when you're blow-drying your hair, etc

  • It's important to use gentle products that support your skins protective properties

  • Wear your sunscreen, girl

  • Use warm water, not hot, when washing your face. Hot water and abrasive soaps can strip your face of protective lipids, which can cause damage over time


Skincare doesn't have to be a hassle! There are many ways to easily incorporate small changes into your routine so your skin can be healthy. Healthy and properly cared for skin will always give the results that you want. Be patient, do your research on products, and reap the benefits!





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