Understanding Your Skin Type & Its Unique Needs

We all know and understand the importance of taking care of our skin, but it can be quite a daunting task when there are hundreds of thousands of products on the market and everyone’s own version of skin care do’s, and don’ts being sent our way. Each and every person’s skin care needs are going to look a little bit different and the first step to defining yours is understanding your skin type.

 There are five major skin types and they’re commonly known as normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Falling into one of these categories doesn’t mean your skin care routine will look the exact same as someone else’s with the same skin type. We’re all different people living under different circumstances whose skin requires unique needs, but it’s generally advantageous to begin recognizing where your skin falls.

 Here, we will break down each skin type and its unique needs.

 Normal Skin Type

If you fall under the “normal” skin type category, you’ll typically have an overall radiant or healthy-looking complexion, pores that are barely visible, few or no imperfections such as redness, discoloration, or hyperpigmentation, and no issues with sensitivity.

 Those with normal skin don’t typically struggle with reoccurring dryness, oiliness, or acne. Aside from the occasional blemish or imperfection, this skin type remains consistent and can benefit from a variety of different products.

 Of course, anyone should avoid skin care products that contain harsh or harmful ingredients but those with normal skin types are not as limited as others may be when choosing topics for their skin.

 We recommend…

For this skin type, we recommend trying our Renewing Facial Polish exfoliator that cleans, moisturizes, and gently exfoliates the skin to minimize fine lines and imperfections.

 Oily Skin Type

 If you fall into the “oily” skin type category, you will notice signs such as blackheads or blemishes, a thick complexion that can appear dull or shiny, and enlarged pores. The oiliness of your skin can be dependent upon the climate or time of year and can be exacerbated when there is too much humidity, when you’re stressed, or during a major hormonal change like pregnancy or puberty.

 If you have oily skin, it’s a good idea to wash your face at least twice a day and potentially more if you have sweat. It’s also smart to avoid picking or popping any blackheads or blemishes although we understand the urge! Seek out products that are labeled as “noncomedogenic” as these products do not clog your pores.

 We recommend…

For this skin type, we recommend trying our Clarifying Foaming Cleanser made with aloe, gotu kola, and many more gentle cleansing ingredients that will remove dirt and irritants from your skin.

 Dry Skin Type

 If you fall into this skin type, you may notice a feeling of tightness on your skin, dry and flaky patches, red patches, more visible lines, and a dull or rough complexion. Your skin may easily crack, feel itchy, peel, become irritated, or even inflamed. With especially dry skin, these symptoms can spread beyond the face and become quite painful.

Dry skin can become increasingly worse due to harsh weather conditions, certain cosmetic or skincare products that contain poor-quality ingredients, too much heat, and hormonal changes. In order to manage these symptoms, we recommend limiting the amount of times you wash your face and make sure you’re using products that are mild or gentle. 

We recommend…

For this skin type, we recommend using our Double B Facial Oil which will help balance and brighten the natural oils in your skin, leaving you glowing and smooth! This facial oil helps with soothing irritation and is made with high-quality ingredients such as evening primrose and vitamin E.

Combination Skin Type

If you fall under this category, you may notice a mixture of dry and oily skin type symptoms that can fluctuate back and forth depending on hormones, time of year, climate, geographical location, and stress level. You may also have oily patches of skin and dry patches on other parts of your face. For example, the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) are notorious for being oily while the rest of your face might not be.

This skin type requires different types of care in different areas and its best to experiment to see how your skin best reacts while still avoiding products with harsh chemicals, of course.

We recommend…

For combination skin, we recommend using the Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask because you can apply it to the sections of your face that need it most! This mask gently purifies by absorbing the impurities and cleaning up your pores.

Sensitive Skin Type

Those with sensitive skin can also fall into one of the other categories and should be mindful of just how sensitive their skin can be. If you notice excessive redness, swelling, itching, burning, or dryness, it’s a good idea to take a look at the products you’re using and eliminate the culprit.

Those with sensitive skin can be easily triggered by a variety of ingredients, but some of the most notable ones are fragrance and alcohol.

We recommend…

For those with sensitive skin, our Essential Moisturizing Cream can be an excellent choice as its gentle formula is lightweight and will leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and radiant.

 By understanding your specific skin type, you can better suit its needs to look and feel your very best! Whichever skin type you may have, Palmetto Derma has an option for you.

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