Anyone with skin. This post is for you. No really ..even the ones oozing toxic masculinity thinking that its gay to take care of your skin. We all have it, there’s no transplant. Take good care of your skin
First things first ,I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the words KERATIN AND COLLAGEN being thrown around when it comes to skin care. I’ll get you on a bit of biology. Stay with me now , It’ll be worth it .I PROMISE. Plus you don’t get quizzed about this and you can come back to this blogpost as many times as you’d like for referral.
Your skin has three layers . The outer layer is the Epidermis. This layer produces melanin(skin pigment). It has three sublayers as well. These layers in short produce keratin which protects the skin from harmful substances. It has dead cells that shed every two weeks. These layers also produce new cells that replace the ones that shed.
The Middle layer is held together by elastin and a protein called collagen. These give the skin its elasticity, resilience and strength. So here is something to remember .The dermis ..(this layer we are talking about now) is different in thickness when it comes to different body parts. Its super thin on your eyelids and almost 10 times thicker in some parts of your body.
The last layer is Subcutaneous layer thats a layer of fat and connective tissues. This is where sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum lubricates the skin and isn’t present on your palm and feet soles.
Okay now thats done, I hope you understand your skin better so you know what exactly it is that you’re taking care of. Onto the taking care of skin part.. How do you know what products to buy?
What is your skin type? That’s the most important thing to be honest.
Your skin type is the most important thing to consider when buying skin products .There’s 5 skin types
- Oily Skin
This skin produces lots of oil and is mostly dehydrated because water and oil are very different when it comes to the skin’s moisture levels .
2. Dry Skin
This kind of skin is also dehydrated. The biggest sign of this kind of skin is that it looks lifeless and dull.This is because of the layer of dead cells on the surface.
3. Combination skin
Its a mixture of oily and dry skin. So you would find yourself have an oily T-zone (forehead and nose area) and sometimes your cheeks could be oily too.I have this type of skin.
4. Sensitive Skin
This skin reacts quite heavily to the environment and any changes in skin routine, hormones or some ingredients.
5. Normal skin (use term very loosely)
This is for ones who have skin can tolerate a lot without acting up. There’s no “normal skin” per say so what you have is NORMAL AF …learning how to take care of it is the most important thing.
So having this in mind, you’ll be able to tell right away if the product you are buying. How do you know your skin type? Get an esthetician to look at your skin and diagnose what’s happening.Most skin care centres should offer this.
They’ll let you know what your skin needs and where its at.Where you can improve ,if you’re experiencing any issues and where to start.
I know this might not seem like much advice but you’d be absolutely amazed at what knowing your skin type and what it need can make such a huge difference.