We all have heard about typical categories of oily, dry and combination skin, but after reading this article you will surely rethink what 'Skin Type' actually means.
Knowing your skin type is critical as it drives everything about the type of products you should be using. Selecting incorrect skincare products can cause more problems than solve any for you.
For example, if you have dry skin, using the wrong products can make your dry, flaky skin worse. If you have acne prone skin, you must avoid products that will clog the pores or make it look oilier. Stay away from irritating ingredients such as menthol, thick and heavy occlusive emollients, artificial fragrance, abrasive scrubs and harsh cleansers.
So, How to Identify Your Real Skin Type?
First, stop using the chemical laden, products on your skin, then take a closer look after washing your face with a gentle cleanser, apply a toner and then wait about 15 to 30 minutes, to see how your skin behaves.
- If your skin quickly starts showing oil diffused over the face, you have oily skin.
- If your skin starts experiencing some dryness and feels tight, you have dry skin.
- If your T-zone (the area around your nose, chin, and central forehead) starts looking oily but your cheeks and jaw area start feeling moderately dry, you have a combination skin. This is very common, as we all have more oil glands in their centre of the face than on the cheeks.
What about sensitive skin?
Now-a-days everyone has slightly sensitive skin whether they know it or not. We all suffer the impact of environment, pollution, sun damage, ageing, makeup, and other health issues. All of this contributes to vulnerable and unpredictable skin behaviour. Therefore, we should only use natural, organic and gentle skin care products, that suits our skin type.
How to Choose the Right Products for Your Skin Type?
Now that you know your skin type, you can make better decisions about the products you should be using. Although, all skin types require same set of essential skincare staples, such as sunscreen, antioxidant, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. However, the ingredients and texture of these products vary based on your skin type.
If you see a layer of oil popping up after a few hours of cleansing and wide pores, it is typically an oily skin.
We suggest you to select an an oil-free moisturiser, a light formula that conditions skin while keeping both hydration and oil levels balanced.
Product Recommendation - Mango Rosemary Face Cream
It is an all-day acne and oil control cream that clears blemishes and reduces wrinkles.
Rick ingredient list includes Hemp Seed Oil, Beeswax, Carrot Seed Oil, Moringa, Mango Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil & Tea Tree Oil.
Mango Butter offers skin softening, soothing, moisturising naturally. Complimented with Carrot seed oil, it soothes dry skin conditions while forming a protective coat against UV rays. It also offers relief from itchy skin, and soothes rough skin. Tea tree oil and Rosemary essential oils have well known anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, making this face butter great for controlling and clearing acne-prone oily skin.
This refers to dry, itchy, red, flaky or tight skin.
We suggest you to moisturise with rich thick cream consisting of essential oils to soothe and revive it. Face cream should quickly penetrate the skin to supple the lost moisture.
Product Recommendation - Mango Lavender Face Cream
This deep nourishing anti-ageing formula clears blemishes, reduces wrinkles and offer relief to itchy skin. It is super rich with ingredients like Hemp Seed Oil, Beeswax, Carrot Seed Oil, Moringa, Mango Butter, Lavender Oil and Tea Tree Oil.
Beeswax helps to lock in moisture for soft, supple, hydrated skin. Hemp seed oil is a natural moisturiser, making the skin smooth and soft while acting as a barrier and preventing moisture loss. The natural vitamin C in Moringa oil work wonders to boost collagen, reduce wrinkles and treat dry sagging skin. Mango Butter is a great softener and moisturiser.
This refers to oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) alongside drier skin on the cheeks.
For combination skin, use a mix of products for the dry and oily areas. For dry areas, you would need greasier products and lighter ones for the oily areas. But that’s not a workable option. Use a moisturiser suitable for normal skin, maintaining hydration, while protecting the skin against environmental damage.
Product Recommendation - Red Raspberry Face Cream
It is a luxurious and unique blend which offers moisturising, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for your skin. This radiant skin cream is made with Hemp Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Red Raspberry oil, Geranium essential oil, Jojoba Oil, Carrot seed oil and Tea tree oil.
Red Raspberry seed oil prevent UVA-induced damage, offers anti-aging benefits of improving skin elasticity, while impairing wrinkles. Geranium essential oil promotes beautiful and radiant skin, while fading the scar marks. It also acts as a natural cleanser, toner, prevent skin discolouration, reduces acne, and results in glowing skin. The Vitamins A and E in the Jojoba oil control acne which may show up in combination skin. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Enjoy a naturally lustrous and healthy skin!
Written by Namrata Kothari, Upward Media.