What skin characteristics identifies your skin type?
The characteristics that identify or label your skin type depends on environmental, dietary and genetic factors. The water and oil (sebum) content in the skin determines its elasticity, softness, appearance and comfort. Improper skin care can also contribute to unbalanced skin Ph which in turn can render the skin sensitive and irritated, consequently, also determining your skin type.
Normal Skin Type
This skin type is not too dry and not too oily. Normal skin is well-balanced; The overall oil and water content in the skin is balanced. Normal skin has:
- no severe sensitivities
- barely visible pores
- a healthy and radiant complexion
Dry Skin Type
Dry skin is a skin type that produces less oil (sebum) and retains less moisture than normal skin. Dry skin has:
- almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red, scaly or flaky patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines and wrinkles
Very Dry Skin Type
If dry skin is untreated, very dry skin may result. If skin loses further moisture, it can:
- crack and peel in places
- Become itchy, irritated, or inflamed
- Become rough and scaly (back of hands, arms, legs)
Oily Acne Prone Skin Type
This skin type produces excess oils (sebum). The “oiliness” can change depending upon season or weather. Individuals with oily skin have:
- Enlarged pores and very visible
- Dull or shiny, thick complexion
- Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or other blemishes
Sensitive Skin Type
When the skin is unbalanced, sensitive skin can occur leaving the skin feeling irritated and uncomfortable. Characteristics of sensitive skin may include:
Mature Skin Type
Aging skin is inevitable; however, with a good daily skin care regimen, the signs of aging can be delayed or some signs may even be preventable.
With aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles are increased, the loss of moisture and elasticity in the skin becomes apparent and the skin begins to feel dry, flaky and tight.
Combination Skin Type
Combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). The skin may need slightly different care in different areas.
Pores around the T-zone can look larger than normal, because they’re more open due to dirt and debris
Blackheads are apparent and the skin may look shiny around the T-zone