Often we get questions from customers asking how they can know their skin type. In today’s blog post we have decided to address it and give our customers, intending customers and anyone reading this, the correct information on how to know your skin type.
The best way to care for your skin is when you know your specific skin type and how it adapts to different seasons or circumstances. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Taking the time to find out your skin’s specific needs can assist you to decide on the correct choices to make when it comes to skincare.
Every person’s skin is unique, however, there are 4 general classifications of skin types that can help you determine where your skin fits in the most. They are Dry, Oily, Normal and Combination.
HERE IS HOW TO TAKE THE SKIN TEST
Wash your face using natural soap.
Leave for an hour without drying the water off your face. Do not apply any product on your skin and also avoid touching your skin for an hour.
Once you are done waiting for an hour, dab your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with a tissue. Look at the tissue to determine if oil rubbed off on it or not.
Get a mirror to determine your skin type. If you notice oils on your T zone then you have oily skin. If your skin is dry and itchy then you have extremely sensitive skin. If your skin is not too dry and not too oily then you have combination skin, If your skin is not itchy but very dry then you have dry skin. If your skin is comfortable and not greasy then you have normal skin.
1. Dry skin
as a result of less production of sebum than normal. As a result of the shortage of secretion, dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external influences which leads to an impaired barrier function.
Dry skin as a result of water loss either through perspiration or trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL)- this is the natural way water is lost to the atmosphere through diffusion. It is brought about by the lack of epidermal lipids and natural moisturizing factors. It’s also important to note that there’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin (though they have similar symptoms).
Dry skin may be a skin type caused by an absence of oil production within the skin.
Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water and is a temporary skin condition due to climate, environmental factors or not enough water. Most people make the mistake of not knowing whether their skin is dehydrated or dry! They are two different things, sometimes your skin isn’t dry but simply dehydrated.
Product Type: Don’t take hot showers or baths. Hot water is not a friend to your dry skin as it breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which decreases moisture. Moisturize regularly, Exfoliate, avoid products containing alcohol and sulphates. We are glad to inform you that our BODY BUTTER is absolutely great for dry skin and Avila Body wash, either Licorice and Tumeric body wash or Moringa Body wash.
2. Oily skin
is characterized by blackheads, acne, pimples, whiteheads. Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands, that produce a substance called sebum, a naturally healthy skin lubricant. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, Oily skin and dry skin is the most problematic skin due to excess lipids or less moisture and lipids in the stratum corneum of the Epidermis.
Product Type: When shopping for skincare products for oily skin, it is important to check for products that will not clog your pores and that does not contain alcohol or sulfates as these are drying ingredients which would strip your skin of its natural oil causing your skin to produce more oil as a defense mechanism and ultimately lead to acne or worse. Shop for oil-free moisturizers like Avila Body Moisturizer (moisturizers are very important), and soaps like Avila Naturalle Herbal soap.
3. Normal skin
If your skin does not fit into any category that means you have normal skin which requires low maintenance. This also means your pores will be visible but not large. Your skin looks healthy, has an even tone and is elastic.
Product Type: Any of the Avila Body washes or Herbal Soap. Hydrate your skin daily with Avila Body Moisturizer, and replenish with a night time facial oil at night.
4. Combination skin
This is when your face contains a mixture of oily, dry and normal skin.
Your T-zone will feel clean right after washing however the remaining part of your face can feel tight and after dabbing your T-zone, the tissue will seem to be oily. Combination skin happens once you have more than one pore size on your face leading to a mixture of dry, oily and normal skin.
Product Type: Go for products formulated for all skin types as this would restore skin balance like Avila Body Moisturizers, body butter, and any Avila Body wash or Herbal Soap.
When you have found out your skin type, you can now go ahead to choose the skin care products to incorporate into your skincare routine.
For enquiries on Avila Naturalle products, you can use to manage your skin type, contact any of these numbers, 0806 839 0450, 08076811439, 0808 409 1555, 09090456455.