Why Your Skin Type Doesn’t Really Matter
Earlier I wrote an article that was aimed at finding out what your skin type is. On the one hand, it is very clear that there are different skin types and that this has consequences for your skincare. For example, someone with dark skin will burn less quickly than someone with light skin and a less high sunburn factor in her cream. And someone who hardly ever suffers from pimples will benefit little from an expensive acne treatment. On the other hand, the distinction made between normal, dry, sensitive, oily, and combination skin creates a lot of confusion. For example, ‘normal’ skin can hardly be defined, an impure skin is often greasy and sensitive, and your skin often changes from condition depending on the circumstances (climate, hormones, age, diet, etc.).
Fragile-SkinWhat I am trying to make clear is that skincare should always be mild, regardless of skin type! Every skin becomes sensitive, dry, and/or blemished skin if you expose it too irritating skin products (Draelos et al., 2014). The same applies if the skin is under the influence of hormone fluctuations, smoking, a poor diet, an excess of UV radiation, or low humidity. Cosmetic products that claim to be specially made for normal, dry, sensitive, oily, or combination skin do not mean much by themselves Learn more skincare routine.
Note: I am not talking about the care of acne, rosacea, and so on. These are skin conditions that require special treatment. These ‘skin types’ are also (or perhaps precisely) subject to the same influences that I described above, and mild skincare is even more important for such skin problems!
Based on which criteria do you choose the right skincare products?
If you don’t choose skincare products based on your skin type, on what basis do you choose them? Easy. Based on the quality of the chemical composition of a cosmetic product.
In the first place, cosmetic products should not contain skin irritating ingredients, unless they contain other ingredients that neutralize these ingredients by combining them. In addition, cosmetic products must in any case contain ingredients that have been shown with good evidence by scientific research to be effective, separately, or in combination with the other ingredients.
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Which ingredients (combinations) these are, strongly depends on the type of facial care product. For example, cleansing ingredients are the main ingredients in the formula of a facial cleanser, and more skincare ingredients will be the main ingredients of facial cream.
Although you can read from an ingredient list whether a cosmetic product has potential, unfortunately, it cannot offer you any certainty whether the product will also work for you. Cosmetic scientist Prof. Dr. Johann Wiechers described this in a beautiful (and masculine) way in an interview with BeautyJournaal (2011), by stating the following:
‘An INCI list is just like a statement of who is on the football team. You can read something from it, but not everything, you will still have to watch the match to see if that player combination actually works. ‘
Also very important: your personal preference!
Every cosmetic product has a certain texture, fragrance, color, packaging, and brand. Every woman has certain associations with each of these characteristics, and these characteristics are therefore of great importance in the choice of product. So many people, so many wishes … In addition to your personal preference, your skin type is very important for which type of skin lubricant you can choose best: an ointment, oil, cream, lotion, or gel !!!
The good news is that there are so many different cosmetic products on the market! If you cross out the ones that are not worth trying because they can hardly benefit or irritate your skin, you will still be left with many cosmetic products that are worth trying. Almost every cosmetic brand has a number of good products in its range, often available in different scents and colors, and each one more beautifully packaged than the other.
Start with a skincare routine based on the 5 steps described in the first paragraph of this article.
Forget about promising cosmetic claims: they usually say nothing about the efficacy of a product.
Learn enough about cosmetic products to make a good first choice for each step in the skincare routine, or base your choice on the advice of those who already have this knowledge.
Choose a product from a brand with texture, scent, color, and packaging that you identify with and that you feel comfortable with.