Skin Type v’s Skin Condition


If you have a stash of skincare and are realising you do not actually know your skin type there’s an easy way and pretty reliable way you can check at home. In short, there are four skin types, normal, dry, oily, and combination, and are determined by genetics. Words such as sensitive and dehydrated are not accurate ways to describe your skin type but rather your skin’s condition. For example, you can have dry skin that is sensitive and oily skin that is dehydrated, this condition is influenced by the environment and can be influenced by variants such as temperature, humidity, and using the wrong products.


To be dehydrated may seem the opposite of being oily however Dehydrated skin means that your skin is lacking water. In such instances, your skin can be dry and oily at the same time as the skin produces more oil to combat the lack of moisture. In addition, dehydrated skins are generally more uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable.

A sensitive skin will be more reactive and high maintenance, you may feel like every product you use is irritating and you have to take particular care when avoiding certain ingredients.


Typically most of our skins suffer from dehydration and contrary to popular belief this can make your skin both too dry or too oily. One common mistake made by consumers in choosing products specifically targeted for spot prevention and treatment or richer formulas aimed at dry skin when our skin may simply need added hydration. 


If your pre-wedding skincare goal is for flawless skin you will never have success with any treatment or product as it simply does not exist. It’s easy to forget that many wedding photos are edited in the most complimentary fashion and sometimes with the aid of airbrushing tools. 


Depending on the timescale from now until your wedding the most important rule you can follow is to not overwhelm your skin. Exfoliating acids, nourishing masks, and active ingredients can work wonders on all skin types but the formulation is key, and choosing the correct brand is often a case of expensive trial and error. 


Experimenting with different products can be a costly and disheartening investment, especially on a wedding budget. Seeing a dermatologist really is the best way to have a skin analysis and to learn more about your skin type and to discuss the best options to achieve your goals. Although the right dermatologist can help to transform your skin, in the run-up to your wedding this may not be an obtainable expense and with that in mind, there are some simple changes you can make at home. 


What’s your skin type?


Without realising, many of us accumulate products we do not need or that aren’t targeted specifically for our skin’s needs. A few years ago only a few products boasted overwhelmingly positive reviews online and nowadays many sites can pay for reviews or simply transfer them from another site. Sometimes when we buy a product that intrigued us with amazing testimonials we ignore how it actually performs on our own skin in pursuit of other people’s results.


As a general rule, drier skins typically thrive with rich and thicker formulas that nourish dry and often flaky skin. Oilier skins thrive with ingredients that help to unclog and prevent spots from forming, such skin can really benefit from salicylic acid and products that help to increase the skin’s cell turnover such as Retinol.

The next time you wash your face use only a gentle cleanser with a fairly simple ingredient list and wait about 3o minutes. Do not apply any products to your face and then review how your skin feels.


Oily Skin


 After 15-30 minutes if your skin is oily you may notice your face looks shiny and has a slippy feeling to the touch. Those with oily skin types are usually prone to breakouts and congested skin, not just around the time of your period. The best recipe for your skin type is balance and relieving congestion. You should focus on thinner, gel-like textures, unlike emollient creams which can further block your pores.




Dry Skin


If you have a drier skin type your face may feel tight and taught even after just 30 minutes without an appropriate product. In addition, your skin may also have flaky areas accompanied by some redness. You may get breakouts or have them less frequently than someone with oily skin but what your skin most needs is to retain strong barrier function by preventing moisture loss. Products that should help drier skins are often thicker more emollient creams that can be used over thinner products in the form of an occlusive. An occlusive layer can act as the final step especially during colder, drier weather, and help to seal in added moisture through your products, preventing transepidermal water loss. With a dry skin type, you should be extremely careful not to dehydrate the skin and strip your acid mantle with harsh formulations aimed at treating spot causing bacteria.




 Combination Skin


For those with combination skins, the high maintenance nature of the skin type can seem like a real curse. As you may expect this skin type has elements that are both dry and oily and these can usually be specific to the different areas of your face. Should you have combination skin you are likely to have oily symptoms in your T zone, this is your forehead, nose, and chin, and a normal/dry sensation everywhere else. The main issue with a combination of skin is finding products effective enough to treat oil-related breakouts whilst being gentle enough on your drier areas.

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