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Skin Type 101 
Feb 25

Skin Type 101 

Know your skin type and what treatments work best

The predominant and most important step in perfecting your skincare routine, is to determine your skin type and work your way up accordingly. Even the most reputed and best skincare products will fail to work if they are meant for one particular skin type and yours does not match. Your skin type may be genetic or it may depend on multiple other factors ranging from environmental, to dietary, and even daily habits. Investing time and effort in learning about your skin type will help you select the right products leading to healthier and more radiant looking skin. Everyone has different skin types, once you determine yours, you can decide which treatment works best for you.

There are essentially five main types of skin—dry, sensitive, oily, combination, and normal. The treatment and skincare for each type varies so once you ascertain your type, you can adjust your skincare regime accordingly. Here’s everything you need to know about the different skin types and what treatment works best with each.

  • NORMAL 

This particular skin type is a debatable one as most of us do not really have perfect skin as the term ‘normal’ implies. However, if it were to be described, ‘normal’ skin type is one that is neither too dry nor excessively oily. It signifies balanced sebum production and a good blood circulation. While it is difficult to precisely describe this type, broadly, it means skin that is healthy and can tolerate most products without overreacting. Regardless, it is important to take care and maintain the skin as skin types often change over time. As for a treatment, normal skin is still exposed to environmental stressors and as such requires antioxidants to purify and boost the skin. The Organic Facial Treatment is ideal for this skin type as it uses organic ingredients to deep cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Monthly maintenance will help your skin retain its normal properties ensuring it stays healthy.

  • OILY/ACNE PRONE

Our skin secretes natural oils to keep itself hydrated. When this function goes into overdrive, then excess sebum is produced leading to a greasy film or outer layer on the skin and large pores. The bigger the pores, the more active these oil glands become, which imply greater sebum (oil) production. When the large pores become clogged, the skin starts to breakout. Hence, oily skin is more prone to acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. To combat this, the Dermasweep Exfoliation Treatment is a great option. The treatment gently exfoliates the skin to promote cell-turnover and prevent sebum build-up. The vacuum action used, stimulates blood circulation and cleans clogged pores. This exfoliation also helps minimise dark spots and acne-scarring as it buffs away the dead-skin cells revealing new cells. The “epi-infusion option” within the treatment allows the therapist to choose a skin specific ingredient that is directly applied deep into the skin layers. Those with moderate to severe acne should consider an antibacterial ingredient for this step, to speed up healing and prevent future blemishes.

  • DRY 

Noticeable flaking, rough texture, and dullness are all indications of dry skin type. Your skin may feel dry, dehydrated, and irritated at all times. Daily moisturising with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and avoiding harsh exfoliators that strip the skin of its natural oils, is recommended. The cause of dry skin type can be attributed to a number of factors such as overly hot showers, climatic conditions, not drinking enough water, and environmental stressors. To rejuvenate the skin, minimise water loss, and at the same time deep clean it without dehydrating it further, the Oxygen Infusion Treatment is ideal. This treatment infuses the skin with oxygen to replenish the cells and rejuvenate the skin from within.

  • SENSITIVE

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Those with sensitive skin type often experience redness and inflammation after using new skincare products or chemical ingredients. This skin type tends to have overreactions to harsh compounds and hence, should steer clear of abrasive, harsh, and chemical ingredients in their skincare products. An ideal treatment for this skin type is one that is a hundred percent natural and does not use any chemical-based ingredients that may irritate the skin. The Suki Organic Facial Treatment uses synthetic-free organic ingredients that soothes, balances, and nourishes the skin. Pure, organic ingredients such as green tea, honey, chamomile, etc help minimise and calm redness and irritation and make the skin radiant and hydrated. 

  • COMBINATION

As the name suggests, combination skin features two or more different skin types on the face. Typically, those with combination skin experience an oily T-zone and dry and flaky cheeks. This is one of the most common skin types, but can be tricky to deal with and treat. Exfoliation is essential for those with this skin type as dead skin cells on the drier portions will slough off while the pores will be unclogged and cleared in the oily parts. To this end, dermaplaning is a good treatment as it helps get rid of sitting dead-skin cells and gives the skin an instant glow. It is an ideal solution for maintaining combination skin and keeping it hydrated, youthful, and luminous.

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