SKIN TYPES

Dry skin

DRY SKIN

Like all skin types, dry skin is genetic. You may also have heard of dehydrated skin, but that is a skin condition, not a skin type. Dry skin usually does not have enough sebum in it. It can though also be dehydrated, which means a lack of moisture. Ageing and hormones are contributors to dry skin, as well as some external lifestyle and environmental triggers.

Features
⁃ A matt or slightly dull appearance
⁃ Feels tight, dry, or even rough
⁃ Possibly flakiness towards the edges of your face
⁃ Red spots can occur
⁃ Usually fine pores
⁃ Rarely pimples 
⁃ Not enough sebum and moisture
⁃ More susceptible to sensitivity or external environments
⁃ Fine lines visible

OILY SKIN

Oily skin produces a lot of sebum. Overproduction of sebum can cause blackheads, congestion, and blemishes. 

This is usually hormonally inflicted or genetic, but it can also be a sign of imbalanced skin. It can be triggered by hormones, stress, diet, and humidity. The good news is that the natural oils of oily skin protect the skin barrier function, so it is less likely to produce fine lines and wrinkles early.

When having oily skin, it is better to stay away from harsh cleansers or astringent exfoliants that strip the natural oils completely. Your body will be producing even more sebum to compensate. And this can give clogged pores, which could lead to acne.

Features
⁃ Shiny, firm
⁃ Prone to blackheads, pimples
⁃ Generally larger pores
⁃ Excessive sebum
⁃ Moisture content from normal to dehydrated
⁃ Normally not sensitive
⁃ Not showing lines easily

COMBINATION SKIN

Features
– Mostly slightly a very oily T-zone (nose, chin and forehead)
– Mainly dry to normal cheeks

SKIN CONDITIONS

MATURE SKIN

 Features
– Loss of elasticity
– More fragile
– Appears thinner and drier
– May experience dehydration
– Fine lines, age spots, and broken blood vessels (often caused by sun damage)

DEHYDRATED SKIN

Features
– A lack of moisture

SENSITIVE SKIN

Features
– Easily red spots
– Reacting to cold or heat