Skin Types

Skin types are hereditary and are the result of oil glands functioning. Skin types can be classified into three categories: normal, oily, and dry. In most cases, individuals have a combination of skin types such as an oily T-zone and normal cheeks.

Normal Skin

Normal skin has perfect hydration, looks soft, moist, plump, and has a healthy glow and colour. The corneum layer shows a fine texture and there are no visible wrinkles, fine lines, or open pores. Aging is the primary factor that deteriorates normal skin. The use of harsh soaps and scrubs and climate and environment contribute to the deterioration of normal skin. Sun exposure and exposure to the elements without proper protection dries, dehydrates, and ages the skin.

Normal skin requires proper cleansing, morning and evening. The constant use of protective moisturizers during the day to prevent moisture loss and hydrating creams at night is essential. An occasional exfoliation is also beneficial.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is a hereditary condition that develops due to overactive sebaceous glands. Oily skin can be recognized by its shiny, thick, and firm appearance. Pores look enlarged. An oily complexion tends to look dirty and neglected, occasionally with blemishes on the chin or forehead area, and feels oily to the touch. Exfoliating products, such as alpha hydroxyacids (AHAs) and exfoliating enzymes help improve the look and texture of oily skin.

Care requires thorough yet gentle cleansing, morning and evening. Daytime protective moisturizers will help the skin maintain its suppleness and moisture. Evening creams should help regulate oil gland secretion. AHA exfoliators and BHA Peels are highly recommended. When properly cared for this is the preferred skin type since it delays the wrinkle process.

Dry Skin

Dry skin develops as a result of sebaceous gland underactivity. Skin dryness, though hereditary like skin oiliness, also results from the aging process. Dry skin tends to be dehydrated. Dry skin is characterized as very fine, overly delicate, and thin. In dry skin pores are almost invisible. The skin also tends to wrinkle easily and is often filled with tiny superficial lines.

Care for dry skin should include daytime protection. In addition, a program of good skin nourishment and lubrication with appropriate night creams is highly recommended. The use of nourishing, hydrating masks is also advisable for dry skin.


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