Looking after your skin varies from person to person as everyone’s skin is different. Learning about the characteristics behind all skin types is useful to know what may affect each one and what specific care is required.
So what determines your skin type? Mostly genetics, but other internal and external factors can also affect and change the condition of your skin with time. For example, Fitzpatrick’s classification in 1975 is based on skin colour and its response to sun exposure. However, in the cosmetic industry, skin is classified according to its balance of hydration, sebaceous secretion, and sensitivity level.
Types of healthy skin include normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. We’re going to take a closer look at some of these as well as how to spruce up your skin if and when it becomes problematic or tired. Introducing ways to soothe your skin and avoid potential triggers might help you to find relief and improve your quality of life.
Why not try one of our DIY beauty recipes? Locate your skin type below and discover just how easy it is to make a homemade face mask or exfoliating scrub that will reset and revive your skin. Reap the benefits with up to five simple ingredients!
While you may think acne-prone skin occurs in the teenage years, it can happen at any age and sadly persist well past your twenties. Genetics, lifestyle factors and fluctuating hormone levels can cause blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cystic, inflamed bumps.
The body’s natural inflammatory response is triggered when too much oil and dead skin cells clog your pores, leading to red, raised lesions. Due to hormonal influences, it’s common for women to have acne breakouts during their periods, when they’re pregnant, or experiencing menopause.
Treating acne effectively starts with a skincare routine that reduces bacteria and excess oil. Consider keeping your skin clean by washing it twice a day, with or without active ingredients depending on your skin and acne type. It’s recommended to wear oil-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and keep skin hydrated by moisturising.
To help lock in moisture, try our DIY beauty recipe of honey, plain Greek yoghurt and turmeric powder. Combine these ingredients together and leave the mix on your skin for 5-10 minutes before you sleep. This is the perfect wind-down mask to fight against spots.
Remember, there’s no quick fix for acne, so stay patient with products and don’t expect to see results immediately. Try not to over-exfoliate, pop your pimples, or wear heavy makeup.
Dry skin tends to generate less sebum than normal skin and is less elastic. It’s often caused by external factors such as the weather, low air humidity, and immersion in hot water. Signs and symptoms may also depend on your age or health status. Conditions may become aggravated by the environment, allergies, and food or clothes-related issues.
While it’s usually temporary and not serious, dry skin occurs frequently for some people and may last a long time. Skin disorders, such as eczema or dermatitis, or infections can transpire if it’s not managed properly. Your skin might feel tight, rough, and itchy, as well as look red with small cracks and more visible lines.
To lessen any irritation, it helps to add daily moisture back into areas of dry skin that have been stripped of water and oils it needs. Coconut and CBD products act as great moisturisers because they contain essential fatty acids, keeping your skin hydrated and protected. When it comes to CBD, you can take this compound through edible products like CBD tinctures, gummies or capsules, and you can also try a topical product, such as a CBD face cream.
Mixing brown sugar, coconut oil, olive oil, or any essential oil you have is one step you can take that may help to stop your skin from drying out. Sugar works as an effective exfoliator to remove dead skin; combining it with oil prevents it from being too harsh or sticky.
Those who suffer from breakouts, congestion, enlarged pores and excessive oiliness may be prone to problematic skin. Contributing factors for this skin type may include diet, hygiene, stress, incorrect use of skincare products, stripping the skin’s natural oil barrier, sleeping patterns, medication, and smoking.
An ideal scrub for people with acne, eczema, or dermatitis is fusing brown sugar, old coffee grains, coconut oil, and honey together. It’s beneficial to make a large batch that you can use for both your face and body when in the shower. Make sure to gently rub the scrub in circular motions to eradicate dead skin cells. Rinse off with warm water to feel refreshed!
Sensitive skin is a common issue that may be referred to as fragile, delicate, or irritated skin. The skin’s protective barrier function is lost, so there’s a higher possibility of inflammation, infection and allergic reactions from microorganisms and irritant substances.
You may tend to experience discomforting feelings, such as heat, itching, redness, or tightness with this type of skin. It requires extra love and care to combat dryness, roughness, and its usual appearance.
Sensitive skin usually responds well to a cooling and hydrating mask with natural ingredients. Honey and plain Greek yoghurt are perfect for this. For dry or combination skin, add in some mashed avocado, coconut oil, or olive oil to make it even more moisturizing. This DIY beauty recipe is gentle enough for sensitive skin yet still efficient.
The natural course of ageing and living a fast-paced lifestyle can sometimes take an obvious toll on your skin. While such a regular phenomenon as the skin concern of tired skin or skin fatigue is often not discussed.
Highly stressful environments, frequent travelling and long workdays can lead to weary, worn-out skin. The body’s loss of collagen as you age also hinders the ability of your skin to repair itself. When the skin barrier is unhealthy and compromised, it doesn’t retain as much moisture and nutrients, so problems will start to surface.
Dullness, large pores, and persistent dryness are the main indicators of tired skin that become more pronounced. To fight back against these, using lemon or orange as a source of vitamin C is excellent for brightening up the skin. Add them to a spoonful of white or brown sugar and a few drops of olive oil, and you’ve made yourself an invigorating face scrub with a beautiful citrus scent!
Want smooth, soft, blemish-free skin? Give our suggested DIY beauty recipes a go to help reduce irritation and build-up of too much oil and dead skin cells. A little self-care can go a long way and your skin will be glowing!
Be sure to pay attention to any changes in the appearance of your skin. It’s important to be proactive with skincare treatment to prevent the possibility of any scarring. For anyone experiencing incessant or worsening symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist, who can further support you on the path to clearer skin.