Skin Type 101

Pop Quiz!  What’s your body’s largest organ? Here’s a clue: it’s the most visible part of you, but probably the most neglected. The Answer: YOUR SKIN! The skin is literally the body’s armor. It’s the first line of defense against all the germs we encounter on a daily basis.  Between public transportation, pollution and everything else in the city, we need all the protection we can get. Many people do the bare minimum when it comes to skincare.  Cleansing with body soap…skipping on moisturizer… zero exfoliation… No bueno! The first step in achieving healthy skin is creating and maintaining a regimen that’s just for you.

How you care for your skin depends on your skin type. There are four basic skin type categories: normal, dry, oily and combination. Normal skin is almost perfect skin. It’s smooth, supple and even-toned. The pores are virtually inexistent and minimal exfoliation is needed. It’s what I should have, but apparently God didn’t get the memo. Dry skin is just that…dry! It may be flaky or patchy and needs more exfoliation than normal skin. Oily skin is created when people have overactive sebaceous glands aka oil glands. Are blotting papers your BFF? Do you use them and 10 minutes later look as if you moisturized with Crisco? Then oily you are! Lastly, there’s combination skin. Combination skin is a mixture of any of these three skin types. Combination skin is often seen in people with normal skin and an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

Come back soon for tips on a skin care regimen that’s just for you!

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