Skin Types

Skin Types

Before determining what skin type you have, let’s look at some factors that may affect your skin type. Let’s first consider internal factors. There are many factors to think about like hormonal changes, genetics, smoking, health problems, and medications. Then there are also external factors like climate, your skin care routine, sun damage and environmental toxins. Read more to take a closer look at these independent factors.

Internal

•••••••Hormonal changes can come in the form of menstrual cycle, pregnancy, emotional instability & menopause. These change are the most difficult to treat because of the fluctuating hormones levels.

•••••••Genetics can have an effect on determining the type of skin you have, i.e., some people have a natural predisposition for oily skin. Look at your families skin type to see how you may be effected

•••••••Medications whether over the counter or prescribed can affect your skin; these chemical interact with your natural hormone level and can have an adverse effect on your skin.

•••••••Medical conditions like rosacea and psoriasis can have an adverse effect on your skin. It can be minor or extreme.

•••••••Smoking is one of the biggest factors in premature aging. Smokers tend to have more wrinkles then non-smokers. Cigarette smoke releases free radical that can breakdown Vitamin C in the skin, which may lead to wrinkling prematurely.

External:

•••••••Your climate plays part in you skin's condition. If you are in a climate where the weather is extreme, your skin type can change from day to day. It makes no difference if you are in cold, warm, moist, or dry weather, these conditions can affect how your skin responses to different skin care products.

•••••••Your skin care routine can affect your skin as well, over moisturizing, using products that dry-out your skin or over exfoliating can cause more damage than good. It is important to follow directions on all skin care products to avoid using in excess.

•••••••Sun exposure can rapidly increase the aging process because it breaks down the elastin and collagen in the tissue of skin. Sun damage include brown spots, fine lines, and sagging which over time can lead to rupture blood vessels which can lead to discoloration and decreased circulation.

•••••••Environmental Toxins like air pollution can be extremely harmful to the skin. Daily exposure to air pollution, cigarette smoke, and sun damage can introduce free radicals that damage our skin cells and cause us to age prematurely.

How to determine your skin type.

Determining skin types.
Your skin type can change depending on what internal and external factors are currently affecting you. To determine your current skin type follow these simple steps: first wash your face with our gentle Shea & Aloe Facial Cleanser then wait 60 minutes. After time has elapsed make note if you skin feels tight, then press a separate piece of tissue onto each area of your face: chin, center of cheeks, outer cheeks, center of forehead, outer forehead and nose. Inspect each tissue and look for any oily spots skin of flaky skin.

Interpreting your results.
Check each tissue square carefully. Oil on each individual tissue indicates you have an oily skin type. If you only see oil on some of the tissue squares, particularly the ones that make up the T-zone (center of forehead, nose, center of cheeks and chin), this indicates you have a combination skin type. If you see flakes of skin on tissue without an oily residue or if your skin feels tight and itchy this indicates your skin type is dry. No oil and no flaky residue on your tissue squares indicate you have a normal skin type. At 360 Skin Care we understand that your skin does not stick to one skin type so we have created our Facial care line to work on all skin types.  

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