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What's My Skin Type and Why Does It Matter?

Words By Martina

Martina is a wellness and skin-health writer, blogger, teacher, mother to twins and world traveler (not necessarily in that order). She believes that life is all about balance and has a special way of taking complicated topics and making them a pleasure to read. Her words are honest, informative and warm. Learn more about your skin health from Martina.

Look at the products you use on your skin. Do you even know if they are the best options for your skin? And how would you know if they are? Before you can be sure that what you’re using on your skin is the best for you, you need to ask yourself one important question first. What’s my skin type?

The Four Main Skin Types

What is skin type? We all have different skin so, in fact, every single person’s skin is unique. This doesn't make it any easier to take good care of our skin, does it? The fact that our skin changes as we get older complicates it even more. But one thing to get familiar with is what kind of skin type you have and this can be broken down into four main categories to get you started.

Dry Skin

Ok, so the name tells you what you need to know right away. If you have dry skin, your skin tends to be exactly that – dry. The tell-tale signs are that your skin feels tight, can be flakey or just have patches of dry skin. People with dry skin don’t usually have very visible pores and can show signs of ageing faster than other types of skin due to the lack of moisture and natural oils.

Let’s put it this way – if you were stranded on a deserted island and were allowed to take with you ONE item that you can’t live without, if that item was a moisturizer, you most probably have dry skin!

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, chances are you are well aware of it! Again, this isn’t rocket science. If your skin is considered oily, your skin will tend to look shiny, oily (no surprise there!) and you will most likely suffer from regular outbreaks if your skin is not being looked after properly. Don’t be fooled – oily skin doesn’t just happen in the summer. Oily skin in the winter is a thing too.

If you’re going to that same deserted island as mentioned before, you’d be the person who brings blotting papers with you.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is a strange label because, after all, what is normal? All it simply means is that your skin isn’t oily or dry. It’s right in the middle - the Goldilocks zone, if you will – because it’s just right. Those with normal skin don’t usually have many problems and they get off easily with skin care. They won’t need your strong moisturizer or your blotting papers. They’ll just be sunbathing on that deserted island.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is exactly that. It’s a combination of dry, normal and oily skin. You might have certain ‘trouble areas’ where your skin tends to get oily and shiny while in other areas it feels fine or even dry. A common area to have oily patches is on your forehead, around your nose or on your chin, which is called the T-zone because, you guessed it, it’s in the shape of a T. This type of skin can be trickier to take care of because it has different needs in different areas but it can be done. These skin types will be borrowing your blotting papers and your moisturizer as well.

The Fifth Skin Type

Alright, so I might have slightly lied when I said there were four main skin types because there can be a fifth. Sensitive skin. It’s not an official skin type, per say, but can be part of any of the other four skin types. You can have oily skin and sensitive skin, or dry skin and sensitive skin – you get the point. What is different about sensitive skin is that it usually has more redness or irritation than the other skin types. Allergies, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are ways that skin can be sensitive and it means you need to take extra care to keep your skin happy and healthy looking. It also means that you need to be a bit more careful when choosing a moisturizer for your sensitive skin.

If you were on that deserted island, you’d want to be bringing Skin MD Natural with you because it effectively heals and protects sensitive skin with its ability to form a protective shield on your skin to keep out anything that will irritate it. This will help to soothe any inflammation and help your skin to look and feel more like a normal skin type.

Find Skin Care for Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type will make it so much easier for you to know if a skin care product is the best option for you. You don’t want to be using heavy and greasy creams if you already have oily skin. On the other hand, you also don’t want to be denying your skin enough oils and moisture if your skin is on the dry side. Finding that perfect balance for your skin type makes such a difference and will help you take care of your skin in the best way possible. Make this year the year that you give your skin what it actually needs.

Ask yourself, ‘What’s my skin type? What would I be bringing to the island?’

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