Knowing your skin type helps you choose the best way to improve and to look after your skin. While some people are born with naturally beautiful, radiant skin, many of us have to make a few adjustments and informed decisions on how to enhance our beauty.
This infographic is a quick glance for you to identify your skin type. This post is first in the series of infographics on Knowing Your Skin Type and the best essential oils, carrier oils, hydrosols and facial clays that are best suited for your skin type.
Normal skin is soft, smooth, finely textured and supple. It is balanced in both oil and moisture content. It shows no enlarged pores, wrinkles or blemishes and is firm.
Oily skin is greasy as a result of over-production of sebum. It is a coarser texture, has obvious enlarged pores, is sallow in appearance and is prone to acne and blackheads. Factors causing the imbalance are heredity, poor diet, metabolic disorders and hormonal imbalances.
Dry skin is delicate, fine textured, with no obvious pores and has a predisposition to facial lines and wrinkles. It lacks moisture which can be caused by inadequate production by the sebaceous glands and an inability to trap surface moisture. Dry skin often feels tight, parched and flaky.
Combination skin is a mixture of two or or more skin types, often dry patches with oily patches on the T-zone, where the sebaceous glands are most prevalent.
Sensitive skin is fine textured and translucent. It is prone to redness and irritation when exposed to allergens such as pollen. People with sensitive skin are more susceptible to eczema and dermatitis. Those with this skin type are often sensitive and finely tuned both physically and emotionally.
Dehydrated skin lacks moisture and wrinkles quickly. It looks drawn and is often cold. This may be due to insufficient fluid intake, poor lymphatic function, bad diet, climatic conditions, central heating, air conditioning or lack of sebum. NOTE: Both dry and oily skins can become dehydrated.
Mature skin is saggy and looks dull. It is prone to dryness and dehydration, it lacks oil and moisture and has wrinkles and lines.
Acneous skin is a disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Excess sebum is produced and it clogs the pores and forms blackheads. The connective tissue pressure increases with the excessive sebum, creating inflammation, abscesses and/or pimples.