How do you determine your skin type? Do you find it hard to figure out what skin type you have? And that’s why you can’t make a good choice in skin care? In this column, I’m going to explain to you how to determine your skin type.

What determines your skin type?
Your skin type is determined by the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. This is largely determined by heredity. However, certain influences may affect sebum production such as; hormones, medication, improper cosmetics, diet and living environment.

What skin types are there?
There are 3 types of skin type; normal, dry and oily. These 3 skin types can all be present on your face as well. We then call this combined skin. I will briefly name the skin types separately and what you recognize that skin type by.

  1. Normal Skin Type: Normal skin has normal pore structure, normal skin shine and normal sebum production.
  2. Dry skin type: Dry skin has a fine pore structure, a dull skin shine and often shows flakes and has low sebum production. In this skin type, barred granules (milia) may be present.
  3. Oily Skin Type: Oily skin has a coarse pore structure, a shiny skin shine and has increased sebum production. With this skin type, you often see blemishes such as blackheads and pimples.

When your skin feels tight, your skin is lacking moisture. The moisture has then largely evaporated from your skin cells. So moisture content does not determine your skin type. Any skin can be dehydrated. I am often told by clients that they think they have dry skin because the skin feels tight. But so that could be wrong. The skin type can also be combined. Unfortunately, the wrong cosmetics are then used, causing the skin to react differently and causing problems or irritations. The cosmetics line is then blamed, but then it is probably not the appropriate (adapted) cream that suits that skin type.
Most skin care also contains moisturizing. An ingredient that ensures that the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) is maintained.

In the video below, I explain how to best care for your skin type.

If you have any questions or would like a skin consultation? Then find
the LaSarel beautician near you.

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