Do You Know Your Skin Type?

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Hey Kaiso Tribe! It’s been a minute since I made a blog post! A lot has happened since I last blogged so I think a little catching up is in order. Since I last posted, I’ve moved, changed up my business a bit, put my daycare on a temporary hold, and vended at my first festival! My main goal for Kaiso Goddess right now is growing so I thought going out and meeting new Kaiso Tribe members would be a good place to start growth. I was so nervous going into these festivals but no growth can be had if I stay where I’m comfortable! It’s been so long since I had to sell something, I was admittedly very rusty!! So I’m getting back into the swing of sales, slowly but surely. Let’s see, what else have I been up to? Oh that’s right, MOVING!! UGH this is a whole other post but yeah my hunny and I moved…in with my parents! Yeah, a whole other post on this coming soon! I’ve been a little down in the dumps, trying to stay motivated and positive can be hard to do when you’re being thrown curveball after curveball. I keep reminding myself that this is the worst I will allow my life to be/get. Everything from here is a step forward and upward! Sometimes that helps, sometimes it just helps to make me feel more desolate. I’m typing this post and I can’t help but think that I sound so extra and whiny.

Am I the only one that has a tendency to think that because my problems are not GOD AWFUL AND LIFE THREATENING, I shouldn’t complain??

I constantly remind myself that it’s okay to stumble as long as I keep going, but then IG & FB are like “You think you got problems!? Girl Bye!” SOOOOOO! Reality check! Yeah, shit’s hard but shit’s not that hard. I still have an amazing support system, and unlike last year, this year I’m doing what I want. I’m building towards my empire! But that’s enough catch up for this post! Let’s get to the heart of today’s post! Do you know your skin type?

When I first started taking an interest in my skin and the things I put on my skin, I had no idea what skin type I was working with! Through trial and error I found out that my skin is type 5 combination skin type that is also sensitive! MY skin, of course, couldn’t be nice and easy! Anyways! Knowing what’s going on with your skin can help you determine which products you really need to help maintain moisture and balance of your skin.

Remember your skin is the largest organ on/in your body, so if something doesn’t make your skin happy then that’s your first indicator to throw that product away!

There are two ways we break down skin types, the first is a beauty-focused skin type discussion that refers to how our skin feels, how much oil it produces and how it reacts to products (think: normal, dry, oily, etc.) and the second is a skin type discussion that focuses on how our skin reacts to the sun and its susceptibility to skin cancer symptoms (think: fair, medium, dark, etc.). When referring to sun exposure skin type there are six(6) categories, and four(4) categories within beauty skin types. Let’s discuss sun exposure types first.


SUN EXPOSURE SKIN TYPE


Type 1: Type 1 skin types need to be the most careful in the sun. With the least amount of melanin in your skin, you are the most vulnerable to skin cancer. Try to use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ and seek shade whenever you are out in the sun.

Type 2: Type 2 skin types are also very susceptible to skin cancer and should practice precaution in the sun. While your fair skin will tan occasionally, it is good to wear a SPF of 30+ when in the sun and avoid being in direct sunlight for extended periods.

Type 3: As a type 3, you may burn at the beginning of the summer but tan easily afterwards. Your medium to olive skin tone is more protected than types 1 & 2 but it still requires a strong SPF of at least 30+ to stay safe.

Type 4: Your medium-brown skin tans easily and rarely burns. You are less likely to get skin cancer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Use an SPF of at least 15+ every day and avoid direct sun exposure.

Type 5: Type 5 skin tans very easily and seldom burns. Skin cancer is rarer for your skin type, but when skin cancer does occur it is usually detected at a later and higher-risk stage, usually on areas not directly exposed to the sun such as the palms of the hands. Use an SPF of 15+ while outside.

Type 6: As the darkest skin type, you almost never burn and tan very easily. But just because you never burn, doesn’t mean you are free of skin cancer risk. Still practice caution and use an SPF of 15+ to prevent damage to skin cells. Like Type 5, you are also more at risk for skin cancer in less exposed skin areas.


BEAUTY SKIN TYPE


Normal skin type: Normal skin is not too dry or oily; it falls in that desirable in-between place. Your skin normally has an even tone and a soft texture, with little flakiness. You may get an oily T-zone (the central area of your face including the chin, nose and the part of your forehead above your eyebrows) in hot weather, but generally, this area is oil-free. Lighter lotions and serums are ideal for your skin type because you don’t need much heavy product to keep your skin feeling great.

Dry skin type: Dry skin is characterized by small pores and an overall feeling of tightness. It often has more visible lines, less elasticity and a duller complexion. Moisture is key to caring for dry skin. Use lotions or creams to nourish your skin cells. If your skin feels dry but you still get breakouts, then you don’t have truly dry skin. Your skin may be feeling dry from the products you’re using.

Oily skin type: Oily skin tends to have larger pores, and a shiny, thicker feeling complexion. Blackheads and pimples are more common with this skin type. If you blot your face with a tissue and oil stays behind, then it’s likely that you have oily skin. Cleansing the face often and avoiding heavy creams and emollients is advised for minimizing the appearance of oil.

Combination skin type: While most of us have combination skin to some degree since there are more sebaceous glands around our nose, this skin type is marked by a consistently oily T-zone with dryness in other areas of the face. This is the most common skin type, and people with combination skin should consider using different products for different areas of the face to keep the skin balanced.

There are two other factors to consider when figuring out your skin type;

Sensitive Skin:

Sensitive skin reacts easily to products and can breakout in rashes or become itchy. If you have sensitive skin, avoid harsh products and search for products that don’t clog or irritate the skin.

Acne-Prone:

Skin can also be acne-prone. Acne of all kinds can occur at any age and on any area of the skin. Oily skin types are more likely to have acne but it can occur with all skin types.

I know figuring out your skin type can be daunting, and every set back feels like several steps backwards, but I promise it gets easier when you understand what does and DOES NOT work for your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about your skin type then you can take the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Test here. Once you have your results head over Kaiso Goddess Skincare to build your Skincare is Self-Love bundle and start your natural skincare regiment!





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