There are four men’s skin types and each reacts differently to internal and external factors. Before pushing your skincare routine a notch higher or embarking on a journey to get your groove back, understand your skin type.
How to determine your skin type
Oily Skin - You know your skin is oily if you have an overproduction of sebum by sebaceous glands. Other characteristics of oily skin are the appearance of white and blackheads, paleness of skin, thickness, big pores, and an ever-shining face (because of extra oil production). The challenge with oily skin is greasiness, and being prone to acne. Especially on the forehead, nose, and chin. As a result, you might have visible scars, too. You need to wash and hydrate your face with the best products – try men's skin care set to decongest and soften your skin. Also, find a product that heals, stimulates the growth of new cells, reduces scar visibility, and balances oil production. Your diet helps, too.
Dry skin - There are different levels of dryness. Mild, very dry, and extremely dry. Unless you use a good hydrant or moisturizer your skin feels tight (low elasticity). You also have to feature products that control brittleness and kill the dull and rough appearance. You struggle with itchiness and/ or irritated skin—because it's mostly broken. Redness and skin infections are also commonplace with this skin type. In extreme cases, your skin chaps. Oils are a must for you, especially Hazelnut Oil because of the Omega-9 and Vitamin E. This oil softens and smoothens the skin out and also protects it from free radicals. Couple it with a good moisturizer and you will eliminate dryness, fine lines, and rough blotches.
Normal skin - You are lucky. Your skin is eudermic. It is neither dry nor oily. Other than your forehead, nose, and chin being a little oily, your sebaceous glands produce just enough oil (sebum), and your moisture level is mostly balanced. Your blessing includes a velvety look and feel, almost invisible pores, fresh and well-toned complexion, and normal blood circulation (which gives your skin a rich color). Anything goes too—your skin does not know anything about sensitivity, or acne blemishes.
Combination / Mixed skin - As the name suggests, parts of your skin feature different skin types. Mostly a combination of two. Your forehead, nose, and chin have a life of their own—away from the cheeks and the rest of the face. Your T-area is oily while your cheeks are dry or normal. You, therefore, face the same challenges with those who have oily skin, but only on the forehead, nose, and chin. Your bigger challenge though, is, knowing which products to use: for dry skin or oily skin? Mostly, you have to take care of the more demanding part—the oily.
Sometimes, these skin types don’t describe your skin perfectly. External and internal factors have changed it. One way that happens is through aging, or when you have to deal with more than other people with the same skin type do. Your skin is different…
Aging/ Mature Skin – Age takes a toll on any skin type. Sebum production reduces with age. Unless your skin was oily, you might face dryness, irritation, and some other dry skin problems. Read more about how to fight the first signs of aging.
Make Rose essential oil your best friend. It's great for aging skin. It has antibacterial properties to repair, heal, or protect the skin; antioxidants to promote the growth of new cells, and moisturizing properties.
Sensitive/ Inflamed Skin – people with normal skin type rarely have to deal with irritated skin. We can't say the same for other skin types. You might have skin irritation e.g. after shaving or become prone to skin infections.
There are great products for sensitive skin. Avoid fragrances. Instead, use a cream or oil with Tea tree or Lavender. They relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and sooth the skin.