Listen To Your Skin: How To Determine Your Skin Type

Listen To Your Skin: How To Determine Your Skin Type


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“Hello, world,” you said when you were born. There you were, full of optimism and curiosity. Already, others dreamed of who you would become. What they neglected to think about was a facet in your life that you were stuck with: your skin.

Whether you grew up to be a rocket scientist or carry the wanderlust of a nomad, that skin is still yours. You’ll have it for the rest of your life. So why didn’t anyone back in school teach Skincare 101? That’s precisely what we’ll work toward here, and it all begins with knowing your skin type.

Oily Skin. Dry Skin. Combination Skin. Sensitive Skin. Normal Skin.
These are a few of the skin types you may have personally encountered. Only when you know what you’re working with can you move forward to figuring out how to maintain the best you.

Oily Skin:
Look at you radiating! Wait… The shine is growing. Uh oh. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and the same applies to skin that produces that rock star ever glow.

Depending on climate and season, if this is a standard, you may have tendencies toward oily skin. This means the sebaceous glands are working overtime, producing oil, which can be a symptom of breakouts as well as clogged pores. The pores may appear larger, as well as supplying a place for bacteria to collect and cause blemishes.

What Causes It?
Though the degree to each of these factors may differ, oily skin is generally caused through your genes, dehydration, the climate you’re in, and even insensitive products meant to strip the oil. Generally, the section of the face affected most by oil is the T-Zone.

How To Help:
Simple steps can be put into practice to alleviate some of the worst oily symptoms and return you to your natural glow. Drinking enough water? Have you used a light moisturizer today? How about washing with a gentle cleanser at morning and night? If you answered no to any of these, you’re not doing your face justice. Other aids in helping control the production of oil include clay masks just like Double Dare’s Zone Mask. Be sure to test it with your skin, but using it between 1-3 times per week can assist in battling that excess oil. Another option is the Double Dare Peel Off Mask to gently remove oil and fight aging.

Dry Skin:
When meeting someone new, maybe your hope of a first impression includes him or her noticing your style rather than your skin’s relation to the Sahara Desert. Above, we talked about the skin producing too much oil. Here, we find the opposite problem.

What Causes It?
You might have to thank your parents for this one, as one factor for dry skin includes your genes. This, along with certain skin conditions, the weather, exposure to the sun, and harsh soaps can team up to dry you out.

If you’re asking yourself why you should care, the answer is simple: Beyond the common side effects of itching, redness, and inflammation, you may be signing up for premature aging. Our guess if you’re reading this blog is that this may be something you’re trying to avoid.

How To Help:
This may be a deathblow for some, but for those who are suffering with dry skin, using hot water when cleaning hits high on the list of don’ts. Finding a soap that is gentle on the skin is a step in the right direction as well. Couple this with exfoliating multiple times a week, and you’re skin will be well on its way to recovery.

Prevention is another major factor in combating dry skin, and that’s where Double Dare steps in to fight your battle. The Green Three Step Masks include antioxidant-boosting effects. These aid in the prevention of free radical damage. Finish off with the Bubble Mask to deeply cleanse the skin and add nutrients that help retain moisture, giving you the glow you’ve been waiting for. Now you won’t have to worry when winter is coming.

Combination Skin:
Now that you’ve read a little about oily and dry skin, what happens when these forces of evil team up to attack your face? Some areas of your face may feel flaky and tight. Other areas are filling up the pores with so much oil that you need a “slippery when wet” sign. Most commonly, the T-Zone oils up while the U-Zone dries out. Combination skin may feel troublesome, but we’re here to help.

What Causes It?
Someone please get our readers a cup of water. Dehydration is one of the bigger factors for uneven skin. While some areas of the skin are on strike until more moisture comes, other areas of the skin go into overdrive to try compensating for the loss. Mixing this with seasonal changes, pollutants, and sun damage definitely play as factors too. Summer heats may bring out the oils while winter winds chase them away.

How To Help:
Shall we repeat our statement again? Water. Make sure you’re drinking enough of it. As tempting as it may be, also refrain from using products that are specifically meant for dry skin or oily skin if used on the entire face. This can cause one area or the other to worsen.

The best treatments include aspects that retain moisture in the deep layers of the skin as well as freeing and tightening the pores. Take a look at Double Dare’s Hot Pink and Purple Masks. The Hot Pink Mask includes the deep moisturizer as well as providing sebum control while the Purple Mask tightens the pores while adding a boost of antioxidants.

Sensitive Skin:
Does it have chemicals? Fragrance? Will it exfoliate my skin? If you are asking these questions because of poor reactions you’ve had in the past, you may be working with sensitive skin. Carefully watching what new elements touch your face may be a daunting task, but it’s not impossible to deal with.

What Causes It?
If we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. Your family tree does work into this equation if your genes dictate an inability to prevent water-loss from the skin as well as its functioning as a protective barrier. This type of skin is most closely associated with dry skin and can be accompanied by conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea.

How To Help:
Know yourself. It’s an easy statement, but it can take some work to get there. If you’ve had specific ingredients in the past that result in negative effects, observe the caution signs and avoid them as best as possible. Celebrate your avoidance with a glass of water, and look for products that will moisturize and strengthen the skin.

As mentioned in the dry skin section, we’ll take a second look at Double Dare’s Bubble Mask. The second step that uses a microfiber sheet mask is the key, adding hydrolyzed collagen as well as plant based stem cells to the skin. This deep moisturizer acts to retain nutrients in the skin, helping to return your skin to a normal state.

Normal Skin:
If you have normal skin, we congratulate you for winning the skin sweepstakes. This type of skin rarely breaks out, retains hydration, and does not have overly enlarged pores. It even maintains this regardless of the season.

What Causes It?
Some great genes deserve a hug for this one.

How To Help:
You may be wondering why any help is needed if your skin resembles a Greek god. Here, fixing the problem is out of the equation, but maintenance certainly steps in. As your body changes, your skin can too. This is the recipe to make sure it retains that supple feel: Cleaning, moisturizing, protection from the sun, boosting antioxidants, and doing all of this from a young age.

Double Dare has not left the normal skin group out. If you look at the Silver Three Step Mask, it includes properties to aid in skin regeneration. The Green Three Step Mask can also benefit the skin with its sebum protection and antioxidant boost. Keep your skin happy and ready to face the world.



24 Oct

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