One of my favorite beauty trends for 2017 is healthy, beautiful skin. I am extremely passionate about skin and am excited that skin and skin care products are getting as much attention nowadays as makeup. This year I am starting "The Skincare Series" where I will be blogging about various needs, trends, products, and tips all relating to skincare. I hope to share with my readers my passion for skin care and am looking forward to learning new information myself as well!
My mother has always been the greatest influence on me in regards to skincare. She constantly lathered me in skin protection factor (spf) as a child, taught me about good skincare practices and started me on a skincare regimen when I was only 11 years old. Thanks mom! With good habits instilled in me at such a young age, I have worn spf nearly everyday since I was 11 and have expanded my skincare routine to meet my skin's needs as I approach my mid-thirties.
The first step to healthy, beautiful skin is understanding your skin type. Different types of skin have different needs. Not sure of your skin type? Read on...
Skin type is based on a combination of different factors:
Water content, affecting your skin's comfort and elasticity
Oil content, which affects your skin's softness and nutrition
Sensitivity level, which affects your skin's tolerance to certain substances (from WebMD.com)
Types of Skin:
Normal- This is the ideal skin type. The skin is well balanced between the production of oil and moisture content. Pores are barely visible. Skin looks healthy and supple.
Oily- Oily skin can look shiny with enlarged pores. Oily skin is prone to blemishes and blackheads.
Dry- Dry skin is prone to fine lines, irritation and a dull complexion. This skin type has extremely small pores. Dry skin can be flaky and feel tight after being washed.
Combination- Combination skin combines oily skin with dry skin. A person with combination skin may have oily skin on their forehead, nose and possibly chin (the T-zone) and dry skin on their cheeks.
Sensitive- Sensitive skin is prone to itchiness and dryness. This is the most delicate skin type and is prone to redness and irritation.
Even more confused? If you are still unsure of your skin type, try the Skin Blot Test. In the morning, when you wake up, take a clean tissue and blot your face. Look at the tissue to analyze your results,.
If the tissue has lots of oil spots, you most likely have oily skin.
If the tissue is clean, you most likely have dry skin.
If the tissue only has a few oil spots, you most likely have normal skin.
If the tissue has a few oil spots from just your T-zone, you most likely have combination skin.
I have dry/combination and sensitive skin. What is your skin type? Comment and let me know. Follow me on Instagram @thebeautymajlis. Yalla!
Next time we will dive further into the proper cleansers, lotions, creams, serums and oils needed for each skin type. Stay tuned!