Tuesday, 17 January 2012

What is your skin type?

Hello beauties!

I'm happy to report to you that L'Oreal is going cruelty free! They have to be totally cruelty free by next year, as the EU have commanded, so they're not doing it to save furry lives, but it's a step in the right direction. A lot of their products have already stopped testing on animals, and the rest will follow soon. This is great, because most big cosmetics companies like Maybelline, Garnier, Lancome and the Body shop (not to mention Redken) belong to L'Oreal, and will be safe to use for those of us who value animal lives! You can see one of the articles  (published in 1993... How long can it take to stop animal testing?!) here. I can't find the other ones that explain the way they will be testing in the future for some reason though.

On to today's topic. Do you know your skin type? There are 5 basic types, and today we're going to talk about that.

First, I have to say this : Your skin type can change as you get older and the season and climate can effect it too. So this isn't set in stone! Also, adult acne can suddenly become a problem in our 20's and 30's, where it never used to be a problem in our teens. This is a bigger problem for most women than we realise. After menopause, our oil glands stop producing as much oil, and most women have dry skin then.

OK. First, we're going to do this test. Wash and dry your face, and don't moisturise it for a few hours. Then you're simply going to press a piece of tissue on your face.

1) If the tissue comes off your face, and it doesn't feel dry or flaky, you have NORMAL skin. You probably have little or no blemishes on your skin, because you have smaller pores. You also need very little foundation, and can probably get away with wearing none at all. Don't forget to wash, tone and moisturise your skin every day, because if you neglect your skin now, it'll change later!

2) If no oil comes off on the tissue, and your skin feels dry and tight, you have DRY skin. Your pores are very difficult to see, and you can struggle with fine wrinkles due to the dehydration of the skin. You need to wash, tone and moisturise twice a day, and make sure you only use products designed for dry skin, as products for normal or oily skin can dry you out even more.

3) If there is oil on the tissue where it pressed your forehead, nose and cheeks, you have OILY skin. You probably have large, visible pores, shine on your face and acne problems. You need to use products for oily skin, deep cleansing options are good too, and wash, tone and, yes, moisturise twice daily. You need to moisturise your skin, because if you skip this step, your oil glands will produce more oil because it thinks your skin is too dry. I've seen people combat oily skin by applying tea tree oil or vitamin E oil on their skins, and it worked. You can also carry your powder and tissues or blotting sheets with you, to absorb the oils and keep you matte.

4) If there is oily residue where your nose and forehead pressed the tissue / If there is no oil, but your cheeks feel dry and tight / If there is oil where the tissue pressed your cheeks, but not on your forehead or nose, you have COMBINATION skin. This one is me. Now, you can be oily on your T-zone (nose and forehead) and normal to dry on your cheeks, or you can have a oily butterfly zone (cheeks) and normal to dry T-zone, or your T-zone can be normal and your butterfly zone dry. If you are like me, the oily T-zone, you probably have larger pores on your nose, occasional breakouts (especially that time of the month) and drier cheeks. The oily butterfly zone can also have larger pores, though this is unusual, and occasional breakouts there. The dry butterfly zone has very small pores and feels tight and can have fine wrinkles. This is the most difficult skin type to deal with, because you really need two products. You can buy products for combination skin, and I've found that this works for me, but it may not work for you. We need to wash, tone and moisturise twice daily too, and you can use moisturiser for dry skin on the areas you need it. Keeping your powder and tissues close during the day is a good idea too, to keep the problem areas matte.

5) If your skin tends to be tight and blotchy all the time, and there was no oily residue on the tissue, and it reacts to new products by breaking out, becoming red and itchy, you have SENSITIVE skin. You can't use just any product, as it usually causes irritation, and your skincare probably costs you a fortune, because you can only use 'hypoallergenic' products. Don't neglect your skin! Search the market until you find a product that works, and stick with it.

For all skin types, sunscreen is a must. You don't want to worsen the problem, and cause premature ageing anyway!

I hope you liked this post! For the rest of the week, I've got a little booster for your resolution to lose weight, and maybe my second video? :)

Stay beautiful!

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