Firstly I would like to apologise for skipping a week of blogging but if you follow me on my Facebook and Twitter account , you would have found out that this 2 weeks have been crazy exiting times here in the world of CHIDEM. We are now the official sponsors of two TV Series Medcezir and Kara Para Ask (WOOP!) in Turkey so my time is now split between consulting them on their skin and producing their skin care products to consulting and producing for you, my dearest clients.
Today I thought I take everything back to basics and ask the first question I ask my clients - “What is your skin type?”. Believe it or not this is one of the hardest questions to answer! We have the tendency to believe that we have sensitive or combination skin, or oily skin in the summer and dry in the winter – and yet our skin type is totally reliant on the amount of sebum (natural oil) our body produces.
You need to be able to identify your skin type in order to develop the most appropriate skincare routine. Now lets dig deeper. Here are the 5 types of skin types and conditions. When I formulate for my clients I make sure I go through each condition with them to understand what oils and extracts are needed to boost their own skin type. So for example, dry skins would need more omega 6 and 9 rich oils such as macadamia, avocado, carrot, whereas oily skin types need high omega 3 and 6 rich oils like kiwi, rose hip, walnut etc.. What about if the skin is extremely sensitive too? Then I would add calming oils such as calendula, chamomile, cucumber and so on. So as you can see your skin needs should be specific to you. So read along and see which one/ones is your skin type.
Normal skin - The appearance of normal skin is a healthy look without imperfections or uneven tone. It has a matte finish and a soft, silky feel. Normal skin isn’t the norm – it is rarely seen on anyone other than young children and the few very lucky adults (When I was performing my fiancées skin care analysis I asked him - "what is your skin type?" and he replied saying "Perfect to Normal?" - he can be very humorous but its true - some lucky people do have perfect skin.
Oily skin – The appearance of oily skin is shiny with large open pores, a thicker texture due to increased activity of the sebaceous glands and is prone to spots, blemishes, pimples and blackheads. Oily skin is caused by the over activity of sebaceous glands producing more oil that is necessary to protect your skin. Hooray – oily skin tends to age slower than other skin types due to the levels of natural sebum keeping the skin moisturised. Oily skin can be caused by an excessive or harsh cleansing routine or the wrong type of skincare routine in addition to stress, diet and hormones.
Combination skin – The appearance of this skin type is an oily area across the forehead and down the nose and chin which is known as the ‘T-zone’ due to its T shape.The skin in the T-zone is prone to enlarged pores and pimples and yet outside that area you will notice dry patches, particularly on the cheeks.
Sensitive skin – The appearance of sensitive skin is a thin, fine texture which tends to redden easily. It reacts quickly to even slight changes in temperature. It can be dry and delicate and prone to allergic reactions and will burn in the sun and wind very easily.Sensitive skin is prone to patchy redness, rashes, dry and flaky areas. In addition to the list above, sensitive skin can be caused by lack of hydration to the skin barrier and a reduced natural skin defence mechanism.Common cause is a reaction to beauty products containing certain dyes, fragrances, chemicals and other irritants. Other triggers can be changes in weather, temperature, stress and pollution.
Dry skin - The appearance of dry skin is rather pale and lacking in shine. It is likely to have pinker patches accompanied by flaky, scaly areas with indicate a lack of moisture. It can feel rough and dry to the touch and often feels itchy and tight. As this skin is so delicate, it is the first to show wrinkles around the eyes and mouth area. In addition to the list above, dry skin can be caused by lack of hydration to the skin (possibly through diet as well as skincare routine) or the wrong type of skincare routine.
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I would love to hear from you. What is your skin type? What do you use to take care of your skin? Please let me know in the comment section below.
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Have a great weekend. With all my love.
Cigdem Yilmaz x