How to know your skin type and take care of it

The skin constitutes 20% of our weight, and has a surface area of 1.75 square meters for an average person. It carries more than 150 liters of blood and 11 liters of water per day. It goes without saying that this organ has a crucial importance in our daily life, and that it is better to know your skin type to take good care of it. The skin is our protection against the outside world: it is sensitive to stress, weather conditions, pollution, and is often attacked by a bad shave. Other factors such as diet, alcohol consumption, caffeine, fatigue, also have a direct effect on the appearance of the skin and its regeneration.


In addition to its protective function, the skin also regulates body temperature through perspiration, but also through the dilation of blood vessels. It is completely renewed approximately every month.


Sebaceous glands, which produce sebum, are found everywhere on the skin. Sebum is a natural protection against external aggressions, and also has a nourishing role. However, this sebum production must be balanced, or skin problems can occur. If the sebaceous gland becomes clogged, the skin is left with pimples, infections, and blackheads. The most sensitive areas of skin are the face and neck because they have the most sebaceous glands, especially on the T-zone (the area around the forehead and nose). These areas need even more care because they are regularly shaved; a bad shave can damage them.


Each skin type needs special care. But first of all, you need to be able to determine your skin type!


Oily skin


The sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary on oily skin, clogging pores and causing pimples and blackheads. We often think that we should dry out the skin in this type of case, but this would only tell the skin to produce even more sebum to compensate. Exfoliating the skin too much has the same result: by stimulating the sebaceous glands too much, they will produce more.


If you have shiny skin, lots of blackheads and very large pores, you probably have oily skin. To take care of it, the best thing to do is to clean it morning and night with a mild soap that will not strip your skin, without rubbing too much so as not to stimulate the sebaceous glands. It is good to avoid overloading the skin with products so that it can breathe properly. After shaving, we advise you to apply an after-shave gel.


Dry skin


Caused by insufficient sebum production, dry skin is characterized by tightness. The skin is easily dehydrated and shows wrinkles more easily. To take care of it, we recommend using creams rich in vegetable oils. To clean the skin, we recommend the use of superfatted soaps.


Sensitive skin


Sensitive skin is prone to itching, redness, inflammation, etc. They are very reactive to toxins, stress, lack of exercise and sleep. Never apply products that are too oily, too dry, too hot or too aggressive. It is good to use hypoallergenic soaps. After cleansing in the morning and evening, apply a cream containing essential oils with calming properties.


Mature skin


There is no age to have mature skin. Mature skin shows signs of dryness and wrinkles. When cleansing your skin or applying a cream, remember to use circular motions, and massage the skin well to activate blood flow and cell oxygenation. This should help slow down skin aging.

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