Skin Types

Skin is commonly categorised into five types:

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Normal Dry Oily Combination Sensitive

Having a good understanding of your skin type is vital when it comes to comes to choosing the right products to care for and heal your skin.

When products designed to heal one skin type are used on a different skin type, the effects can either be non-existent, or conversely, cause an adverse reaction.

Certain ingredients suit different skin types better than others, so it's important to be aware of what ingredients are in your products.

Be aware that all of our products are designed with natural ingredients and can be safely used on all skin types (including sensitive skin). Furthermore, unlike many cosmeceuticals, they have been designed to treat and be effective on all skin types.

 

Normal skin

‘Normal skin’ is a term widely used to refer to skin that is well balanced. People with normal skin rarely experience oiliness or dryness. When skin concerns do arise, they are generally easy and quick to treat. Those with normal skin tend to have small pores, exhibit few lines and wrinkles, little to no blemishes, an even skin tone and lack excess shine.
People with normal skin require products that help to maintain their skin health and protect 
it against external environmental factors.

 

Dry skin

People with dry skin produce less oil (or sebum) than normal skin making it appear tight, rough and flaky and feel itchy and irritated. People with dry skin may be more likely to experience wrinkles.
Those with dry skin find it difficult to retain moisture and very often, the deeper layers of the skin are moisture depleted. Their skin is often vulnerable to external environmental elements 
because it cannot build an effective shield to protect it.
People with dry skin require deeply nourishing products that both moisturise, prevent water loss and preserve the skin.

 

Oily skin

People with oily skin over-produce oil (or sebum). Because of this, they have a tendency to experience grease and shine on their face, have large pores, visible blackheads and whiteheads and be prone to hard-to-treat breakouts. Acne on oily skin often looks red, shiny, blemished and inflamed.
People with oily skin require products that balance oil production and prevent breakouts.

 

Combination skin

Combination skin features more than one different skin type (for example, both oily and dry skin may be present on different areas of the face). Very often, those with combination skin experience different skin challenges in their t-zone than they do on their cheeks and around their eyes (for example, have an oily t-zone and a dry cheek/eye area).
People with combination skin require products that balance the production of oil and bring it into harmony.

Sensitive skin

Those with sensitive skin often experience irritation, inflammation and redness. Their skin may be more sensitive to products and environmental conditions than those with other types of skin. People with sensitive skin generally respond well to natural skincare products, as opposed to cosmeceuticals which can contain harsh ingredients. They require products that are gentle, calming and protective.

This image provides an easy to understand visual of some of the key differences between dry and oily skin types, both on and under the first layer of the skin:

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SKIN LAYERS

Your skin is the bodies largest external organ. It creates a barrier between the outside world (bacteria and harsh environmental conditions) and the internal world. The skin has three layers. As some skin conditions only occur at some layers of the skin, having a basic understanding of these three layers is important when it comes to treating and healing your skin.

The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin (it’s the one you see!) It houses your pores which allows your skin to breathe. Dead skin is constantly shedding and renewing at this level. At this level, the skin is constantly replenishing skin cells. The epidermis is your body's protective coating. Conditions such as eczema, skin cancers and dandruff occur at this level of the skin.

The dermis sits beneath the epidermis. It holds our tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands. The dermis contains collagen and elastin which support the structure of the skin we see, and how we see it. Wrinkles occur at this level of the skin.

The deepest layer is the hypodermis/subcutaneous layer. This layer mainly consists of fat and connective tissue. This layer provides a thick cushioning which protects your internal organs.

All our products go deep within the skin, beyond the superficial layer of the epidermis, helping people to heal the root cause of many of their skin challenges.

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If you would like to understand which products are best for your skin, email cher@alluringminerals.com.au and together you can discuss the best program for your skin type.