Know Thy Skin
Big beauty brands don’t know much about the uniqueness of ethnic skin. The big beauty brands unfortunately believe that “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to ethnic skin. They do not take the time to research ethnic skin disorders and create products that are solutions to our problems. Therefore, their products do not cater to our needs. We have special skin care needs. We need products specifically formulated for the unique structure and function of our skin.
Great skin begins with knowing your skin type. Knowing your skin type will help you to determine what skin care regimen is right for you. It wasn’t until I took the time to get to know my skin that I was able care for it properly. Be patient with you skin. It takes about 8 weeks to start seeing results from your skin care regimen
NORMAL SKIN TYPE
Normal skin is neither dry or oily and barely has any imperfections. Those with normal skin can use any skin care product. But, if your skin becomes a bit more oily or dry due to the climate or hormonal changes then follow the skin care recommendations for those skin types.
DRY SKIN TYPE
When the oil gland of the skin can not produce sufficient amount of oil then the skin becomes dry. Dry skin can appear to be dull, thin, and lacking moisture. Those with dry skin are more prone to fine lines or wrinkles. Cold climates make dry skin even worse. For those with dry skin, look for skin care products which contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. It retains moisture in the skin and reduces fine line and wrinkles.
OILY SKIN TYPE
Oily skin has overactive sebaceous glands which cause the face to appear to be shiny. Because of this, those with oily skin are not prone to fine lines or wrinkles. Clogged pores, acne and blackheads are common. Cleanse two or three times a day with gel cleanser. Also oil-free based moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or lactic acid are great for reducing oil build-up while retaining moisture in the skin.
COMBINATION SKIN TYPE
The most common skin type is combination skin. Combination skin will have normal, dry, or oily skin on various areas of the face. The forehead, nose, and chin tend to be oily while the cheeks are normal or dry. Those with combination skin may be prone to acne and hyperpigmentation. Gel-based or light cream-based cleansers helps to maintain moisture in the skin. Also oil-free moisturizers are beneficial to combination skin.
SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE
Sensitive skin can easily be irritated which causes rashed, redness, blotching to appear. Sensitive skin can also have oily, dry, and combination skin types. Those with sensitive skin must gently care for their by using skin care products that do not contain fragrances, dyes, or, alcohol.