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Understanding different skin types... What type are you?

What's Your Type?

Vibrant, beautiful skin has always been considered an important part of health. But in today’s environment, soft, smooth, flawless skin can be difficult to achieve and even more challenging to maintain. It can also be quite costly to try and keep up the look of healthy skin. The best way to take care of skin is to start a beauty regime and this starts with knowing your skin type.

 Your skin’s health is largely determined by diet, lifestyle habits, and sun exposure, which can sabotage healthy skin and leave lasting effects on skin strength, resiliency, and appearance.

There are four main skin types, each skin-type has certain characteristics and, we have outlined them below.

Dry Skin/Mature Skin
This skin type is characterized by a dull gray-white color, rough texture, and an elevated number of ridges. The oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, is believed to protect the skin from environmental influences and, when production is lower, this contributes to dry skin. When the body’s natural oily layer on the skin dries out, the skin is unable to produce enough oil and moisture for the body to replenish the amount being lost. For the most part, the skin is able to replace that which is lost, but when the body's efforts are not enough the skin needs more protection.

 Dry skin and mature skin share a few common characteristics so it is mentioned along with dry skin. As skin ages it loses its elasticity and firmness. It may also become dull and lackluster.It becomes drier and sometimes looks dull and dry which is why it is placed here along side dry skin. Mature skin also needs extra protection because it is not able to replenish the oils and moisture as quickly as it once did.

Oily skin
Sometimes also known as acne prone skin, Oily skin is particularly common in adolescents and young adults. At this age there is a dramatic increase in sebum production under the influence of the hormones. Oily skin is characterized by the abundance and nature of the sebum excreted at the skin surface by the sebaceous gland. Excess of sebum gives the skin a shiny appearance, particularly on the forehead, the sides of the nose and the chin (see combination skin below). In severe cases, various forms of acne can develop .Oily skin is also thick, well moisturized and covered with a protective oily film.

Sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is more common, with more than 40% of people claiming to have such skin. Sensitive skin is generally considered as skin which is easily irritated. Some people with this condition cannot tolerate contact with any cosmetic products, however well-formulated they may be. 
Combination skin
Is when we tend to have a mix of skin types on the face, such as an oily forehead, nose and chin, but then the cheeks tend to be dry, this is commonly known as T-zone. 

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