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 is smooth, ageless skin, the envy of all other types that struggle with oiliness, skin sensitivities, and/or wrinkles. While you have great genes and beautiful skin, it is still important to avoid sun exposure as it can cause wrinkles and pigmentation in the form of freckles and dark spots or patches.
SKIN CARE DO'S AND DON'TS
Your skin care should focus on moisturizing and protecting your beautiful skin. While you skin is resistant, you should protect your skin barrier.
Under-eye circles are common in this skin type. They are caused by decreased (or congested blood flow) that results in the deposit of hemosiderin (also found in bruised skin) which produces a purplish color. Vitamin K or arnica in your eye cream speeds up the rate at which the purple color clears.
To protect your beautiful skin you should:
- Avoiding chemicals like detergents that foam that can strip away fatty acids.
- Avoiding water immersion for long periods (e.g. long, hot baths, chlorinated pools, ocean sports).
- Apply moisturizer immediately after baths or showers to hold in water.
- Look for moisturizers with humectancts (e.g. hyaluronan and glycerin) to draw in water and occlusives to hold the water in and prevent evaporation.
- Incorporate antioxidants into your skin care and diet to combat environmental factors that contribute to aging.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t smoke.
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.
- Sun exposure reduces hyaluronic acid (a water-attracting molecule) and collagen (a protein that provides strength and tightness) in the skin.
- Light skin tones are prone to melanoma skin cancer.
Ingredients to look for:
- Ajuga turkestanica
- Aloe vera
- Borage seed oil
- Canola oil
- Cocoa butter (avoid if you have acne)
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
- Evening primrose oil
- Jojoba oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Olive oil
- Rose hip seed oil
- Safflower oil
- Shea butter
To lighten dark spots:
- Cocos nucífera (coconut fruit juice)
- Cucumber extract
- Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
- Gallic acid
- Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
- Kojic acid
- Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
- Saxifraga sarmentosa extract (strawberry begonia)
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
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)
Can promote dark patches or melasma:
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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