The first step in any beauty routine is to get to know your skin so you can know what it needs. There are several different skin types and they each require different products and ingredients to help you bring out your best skin.
In this article, you’ll learn about the different types of skin and how to care for each type so as your skin changes, you’ll know how to care for its unique needs.
Know Your Skin Type
Everyone’s skin is different. The beauty of the sometimes elaborate Korean skincare routine is the ability to customize it for your unique skin type and what your skin might be going through at this particular time and season.
Your skin type can also change due to your lifestyle choices and outer environment. This is why it’s important to have at least a brief understanding of all types of skin so you can care for your skin as it changes.
The first skin type we’ll look at is normal skin. This is skin that’s not too oily, not too dry, and it responds to typical products formulated for the majority. It needs no special care to reveal soft, clear skin, as long as your routine is consistent.
Dry skin is usually caused by external factors and can generally be managed by consistent application of hydration as well as drinking your requirements of water each day. It’s generally noted by a feeling of tightness and roughness and can lead to a cracked, rough texture if not properly maintained. Cracked skin can lead to infection so it’s important to routinely moisturize and manage dry skin.
Oily skin sees increased production of sebum causing the pores to appear enlarged and greasy as you go through the day. This is usually associated with age as it is more common in adolescents and young adults, and can lead to acne. Hormones or genetics are usually at play but the effects of oily skin can be managed with a consistent skincare routine.
People who have combination skin usually suffer from an oily t-zone and dry outer regions. Your t-zone includes the skin over your forehead, nose, and chin. Your cheeks and the area around your mouth are usually dry and ashy while everywhere else is glowing.
This is a common skin type and can be managed with a good skincare routine with personalized ingredients and products.
Those who have sensitive skin may not be overly dry or oily but are prone to extreme reactions from certain products, ingredients, or applications. You might also react to heat or cold more so than others and frequently suffer from redness, itchy skin, or tightness due to your skin’s fragility.
Those with sensitive skin will love the natural ingredients usually found in Korean skincare products. You will also learn what ingredients work best by using products with as few ingredients as possible so you can isolate irritants and enjoy the deep moisture from hydrating essences that provide instant relief.
Your skin can go through cycles of all of the above and major changes when you age or change your diet and lifestyle.
Once you’ve identified your skin type, it becomes easier to get to know the products that your skin loves so you can customize your routine.