Genetics and hormones play a crucial role in how your skin behaves. It can be tricky to figure out what type of skin you have, because your skins condition is affected by other factors such as skincare habits, age, eating habits, stress, sleep habits and the influence of the sun and air pollutants.
Knowing what type of skin you have will help you choose products that best suit your skin and which products to avoid. Self-examine your skin based on how often you need to reapply moisturizer and how well your skin tolerates different products. The size of your pores is a good indicator of what type of skin you have.
In order to treat your skin with the right skincare products, it’s first and foremost important to distinguish between dry skin type and dehydrated skin. Even though both tend to feel tight, irritated and sensitive, the causes are completly different and require different scincare products.
A dry skin type is a permanent state of dryness, caused by reduced production of skins natural oils. Because dry skin produces very little or no oil, it’s unable to prevent moisture loss or stop harmful organisms and toxins from entiering the skin. Dry skin needs plenty of lipid infused moisturizer that helps to lock in water and keep the skin barrier intact.
Unlike dehydrated skin, which usually feels tight but looks more or less oily, people with a dry skin type lacks that shiny surface due to reduced oil production. Instead, the skin is constantly dry and often flaky all over.
In contrast to dehydrated skin, where the pores are more or less visible, with no visible pores.
Avoiding scratching your skin is key. Easier said than done of course, but it’s crucial to avoid causing more cracks in the skin, leading to infection. Since scratching causes even more itch it’s really important to break that cycle. Always keep your skin hydrated and reapply moisturizer to sooth and relieve the itch.