YOUR SKIN TYPE RECOMMENDATIONS
Thank you so much for joining our community and taking the skin type assessment. Your contributions will help others avoid adverse skin reactions. Below are recommendations for your personal skin type.*
YOUR SKIN TYPE IS:
This skin type enjoys great skin in their youth, with few skin irritations, little acne, and minimal pigmentation that produces dark spots and freckles. You should protect your beautiful skin in your youth to prevent wrinkles by avoiding sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, using moisturizers and non-drying products, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants (from fruits and vegetables), and avoiding drying environments (e.g. chlorine pools, hot rooms, cold winds, dry climates, steam baths, and facials).
SKIN CARE DO'S AND DON'TS
The focus of your skincare should be to protect and hydrate your skin. The skin barrier is composed of cells surrounded by fat or lipids in two layers that keep water in and keep irritants out when it is not disrupted. Those fats are mostly cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides.
- Incorporate antioxidants into your skin care and diet to combat environmental factors that contribute to aging.
- Prescription-strength retinol-containing products are sufficiently concentrated to reduce or prevent wrinkles, but the retinoid can compound dryness; introduce it slowly by diluting it with a moisturizer.
- Try retinoids, vitamin C, and copper peptide that have been shown to increase collagen synthesis.
Applying sunscreen regularly when outdoors is important. Avoid sun exposure for several reasons:
- UV rays from the sun produce reactive oxygen species and inhibit skin enzymes that produce key components of the skin and damage the skin barrier inhibiting the skin’s ability to hold in water.
- In particular, sun exposure decreases the hyaluronic acid (HA) content of the skin and can initiate a cascade that breaks down collagen.
- HA is a molecule that draws in water and gives the skin volume.
- Collagen is a structural protein that contributes to the strength and tightness of skin.
Ingredients to look for:
To prevent wrinkles:
- Camilla sinensis (green tea, white tea)
- Carrot extract
- Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
- Copper peptide
- Curcumin (tetrahydracurcumin or turmeric)
- Ferulic acid
- Genistein (soy)
- Grape seed extract
- Punica granatum (pomegranate)
- Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
To diminish wrinkles:
- Alpha hydroxy acids
- Citric acid
- Glycolic acid
- Lactic acid
- Phytic acid
- Polyhydroxy acids
- Ajuga turkestanica
- Aloe vera
- Apricot kernel oil
- Borage seed oil
- Canola oil
- Cocoa butter
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
- Evening primrose oil
- Glycerin Jojoba oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Olive oil
- Safflower oil
- Shea butter
Ingredients to avoid:
Can increase dryness (low molecular weight alcohols):
- Denatured alcohol
- Ethyl alcohol
- Benzyl alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Specially denatured alcohol
Can increase dryness:
- Detergents that foam vigorously (can strip skin of protective lipids)
This list was adapted from Baumann, Leslie. The Skin Type Solution: Are You Certain That You Are Using the Optimal Skin Care Products? 2010. Random House Publishing Group.
*The recommendations provided here are meant only as guidelines and are not exhaustive of the types of ingredients to use or avoid. These guidelines are not meant to replace any advice from a physician. If you have persistent skin concerns, we recommend seeking a doctor’s advice.
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