One of the skin care resolutions I brought up on the last post asked you to really take a closer look at your skin, and often. Seeing and analyzing my client's skin during their treatment at esthetician school is just a daily reminder that determining skin type is pretty tricky-- cause oh, you know, life. Stress levels, medications, diet, weather, age and even your current skincare routine has the capability of changing your skin conditions daily, which is why it's important to analyze your skin regularly and see what it needs from you.
To help you with this process, I've created a chart to help you determine what category of skin you might be dealing with now. You can use this is as a loose guideline, to better understand what types of signs are associated with your skin. (And if you haven't noticed already, I've also separated our products by skin concerns when you shop!)
To conclude this post, I want to share a skin story about my co-founder and hubby Dave. So he has really amazing skin and gets complimented all the time because of it. It is firm, even toned and bright. I credit his mom for making sure cleansing, moisturizing and SPF was part of his daily skincare routine since he was very young. However, his cheek and t-zone area would get red and splotchy randomly. He didn't think much of it because it would disappear after an hour, and with such youthful looking skin, so why would he?
When I became interested in skincare, I took the time analyze his skin and realized that he is actually sensitive skin type (borderline rosacea) and the redness was a result of his skin becoming really aggravated by certain products and even heat. This means for a good 20 something years of his life, he had been applying products without considering that he may be sensitive! Now he knows better and has taken steps to make sure he treats his skin with respect.
His story is not uncommon. We can look at ourselves in the mirror every day and not realize what kind of signs your body (your skin in particular) is trying to tell us, even if it is as obvious as rosacea. Hopefully day by day we can learn a little bit more so we can all become skin experts!