With today’s changing skin care products, you must understand various skin types. Not educating yourself on the nuances of diverse skin tones, and their particular needs will not give you the customization your skin may need.
Knowing the different types of skin and their specific characteristics will allow you to choose product ingredients that will improve and maintain the natural radiance of your skin.
Oily skin is shiny, coarse, and earthy in color. Sebaceous (oil) glands produce sebum (oil) more than the necessary amount, making the skin greasy with enlarged pores. This skin type needs more attention than other skin types to prevent clogged pores and acne formation. It is important that products do not strip the skin causing the removal of the skin’s natural barrier.
Ingredients that address this skin type include the following.
Glycolic acid is used for oily skin. According to several studies, this ingredient has a significant therapeutic value in treating acne that may result in a complication of oily skin.
Lactic acid is also used to control acne breakouts, oily skin, and blemishes. This ingredient can be used in peels, exfoliators, and cleansers and will show significant positive results. It is a hydrating ingredient that is needed to reduce the overproduction of oil.
Salicylic acid’s removal of dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads and its anti-bacterial effect boasts its ability to control blemishes.
Vitamin A helps to reduce skin’s oil production. This benefits those with oily skin as they are prone to acne.
Dry skin is flaky and flaccid, especially on the cheeks and other skin surfaces. When the skin is dry, skin peeling, scaling, inflammation, and visible red lines appear. Dry skin needs good care. Since the oil glands do not produce enough oil, the skin becomes ashy and dehydrated. Dry skin lacks hydration and oil production. The use of water-based serums followed by an oil-based moisturizer gives dry skin the balance it needs for a smooth and radiant complexion.
Sensitive skin is problematic skin, as it experiences different skin reactions related to immune skin response. The skin reactions in a sensitive skin type can mean different manifestations for different people. While skin sensitivity arises spontaneously, it can also be due to underlying skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, or allergies. It is important to avoid harsh ingredients that strip the skin leaving it, in many cases, irritated or inflamed.
The best ingredients to care for dry and sensitive skin
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is used in many topical moisturizing skin care products. Wheat germ oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, lecithin, and protein.
Glycerine is one of the most commonly used natural moisturizers. It prevents the dryness of the outer layer of the skin and is attributed to the humectant’s actions of attracting moisture to the skin. Attracting moisture to the skin maintains the fluidity of the cells and cell membranes.
Hyaluronic acid is actively used to moisturize the inner layer of the skin. Due to its high moisturizing effect, it is used very often for anti-aging purposes. Hyaluronic acid facilitates skin regeneration and collagen synthesis in the skin.
Vitamins A, C, and E
These vitamins are the main vitamins for healthy skin. With their high antioxidant properties and nourishing value, they facilitate skin regeneration and soothing, and moisturizing effects. Vitamin C and E are incorporated in many skin products and are essential for beautiful and healthy skin.
Evening Primrose Oil
The composition of the oil in sufficient quantities can reveal linoleic acid, which helps in maintaining the moisture of the skin. Primrose oil is characterized by its excellent emollient, nutritious, and moisturizing properties that eliminate peeling, irritation, and dryness.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil has healing properties, controls the water-lipid balance of the skin, copes with irritation and reddening of sensitive skin, eliminates unpleasant burning and itching symptoms, and accelerates the regenerative functions of the skin while healing skin damage.
By understanding various skin types, like oily, dry, and sensitive, and the best ingredients for treating each, you can best meet your skincare needs.