Genetics, hormones and age largely determine how your skin behaves. It can be tricky to figure out what type of skin you have, because your skins condition can vary due to many other factors such as the wrong skincare products, age, eating habits, stress, sleep habits and whether the skin is exposed to a lot of sun or air pollution.
and how well your skin tolerates different products
The easiest way to determine your skin type is simply to observe how it usually looks and feels.
This makes it easier to know which products are suitable for your skin and which products to avoid. Dehydrated skin is mainly caused by external factors such as dry air, harsh skincare products, exessive washing or peeling or sun exposure. It’s a temporary lack of water and can occur regardless of skin type. Dry (lipid dry) skin type on the other hand is caused by skin’s inherited inability to produce it’s own oils (sebum and intercellular lipids).
Permanently dry or temporarily dehydrated?
examine your skin based on how often you need to reapply moisturizer. if your skin quickly becomes dry and flaky despite applying rich moisturizer repeatedly, it’s because it doesn’t produce enough of it’s own lipids (fats) . Is the surface of your skin usually more or less shiny or does it always appear dull and lack a natural glow? Unlike temporarily dehydrated skin, lipid dry skin lack that natural sheen due to reduced oil production. The size of the pores is also an important factor to consider regarding skin types. Permanently dry skin has very few or no visible pores due to inactive sebaceous glands (organs in the skin that produce and secrete oil).
Why skin lipids matter big time.
Let’s dig a little deeper into why the skin’s own lipids (fats) are crucial for the skin’s hydration, suppleness and resilience.
Our skin produces two types of lipids: epidermal lipids, which are involved in the formation of skin barrier, and sebum, which is a part of the acidic mantle.
The skin barrier is the skin’s outermost layer of protection and prevents to much water from evaporating from the skin and stops impurities from entering. The skin barrier can be compared to a brick wall of dead skin cells held together by epidermal lipids (cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides). insufficient epidermal lipid production means that the skin barrier is not robust, causing a weakened protection against dehydration and external irritants. Thats why lipid dry skin is cracked, tight and irritated.
Sebum is a mixture of glycerides, fatty acids, wax esters, cholesterol, squalene, excreted from the sebaucious glands. and
Sebum is often associated with negative aspects of the skin such as acne, oily skin and large pores. This is certainly true in cases where the skin secretes an excess of sebum that clogs the pores. Nevertheless, sebum is crucial for the well-being of the skin in many ways. It makes the skin flexible and maintain softness and glow .
It transport antioxidants to the surface of the skin and protects against bacteria, UV- light and air pollution. The surface of the skin barrier is covered by a mixture of sebum and sweat and this thin layer, the acid mantle, prevents dehydration and stops harmful bacteria and environmental toxins from penetrating the skin. It’s in particular it’s slightly acidic property that contributes to the optimal functioning of the skin.
Why pH matters-a lot.
The acid mantle and pH are usually not the first things that spring to mind when it comes to choosing the right skincare products, but the fact is that even the most hyped and innovative ingredients are completely useless if the pH of the product is not right.
pH scale goes from 1 to 14, with 7 being neutral, lower is acidic, and higher is alkaline. The acid mantle maintains an optimal, slightly acidic pH on the skin’s surface ( varying between 4.7-× ), a pH around 5.5 creates an environment that favors bacteria that are beneficial to the skin and inhibits bacteria that cause damage.
If the skin’s pH value is disturbed, a number of different functions in the skin are negatively affected.
increased ph means that the skin can no longer protect itself against toxins and bacteria trigger inflammation which in turn causes dry, red, flaky and itchy skin. In the long term, inflammaging is also caused, i.e. accelerated aging as a result of ongoing inflammation.
An increased pH also inactivates the production of ceramides (vital skin barrier lipid), which weakens the skin barrier.
triggers inflammation which contributes to rosacea, eczema, dryness, acne and also premature aging.
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Although lipid-dry skin type is something you’re born with and can’t be cured, the right skin care routine can maintain soft, comfortable and glowing skin.
Lipid dry skin needs water, but above all it needs what it can’t produce on its own, i.e. lipids. That’s why oil-free moisturizers simply aren’t sufficient for dry skin types. To restore and maintain a strong skin barrier and to prevent cracks in the skin it’s important to re-apply moisturizer as soon as you feel the skin starting to tighten or itch.
Although easier said than done, avoid scratching since it causes further damage to the skin.
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Cleansing is a vital part of the skin care routine. it’s crucial to remove makeup, impurities and dead skin cells that otherwise irritate the skin and clog pores. However, face washing, coarse peelings and harsh exfoliation are often the part of the skin care routine that causes the most damage to the skin barrier and throws the pH out of balance.
Deep cleansing may sound wonderfully refreshing, but there is a great risk that rich, foamy lather also remove the skin’s most important parts. Harsh cleansers tend to dissolve and wash away not only impurities but also the lipids that the skin needs to stay healthy and radiant. If you have lipid-dry skin that already has too little of its own oils, it’s especially important to use a ultra gentle cleanser that detoxifies . ×××The fact is that thorough facial cleansing is also possible without surfactants. The acid mantle remains intact and the skin is not exposed to any stress.
Environmental stresses such as UV light and air pollution damage the skin barrier and raise the skin’s pH, which leads to dehydration and inflammation.
The dry and cold winter air is extra tough for people with dry skin type because they lack their own softening and moisture-preserving oils. Because warm water melts and washes away the skin oils, lukewarm water is much gentler on the skin.
washing away lipids