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Knowing your skin type for better care

The skin has multiple roles to play: it acts as an insulating barrier against the external environment, it serves to synthesise vitamin D, and it enables us to feel sensations thanks to sensory nerves and thermoreceptors. In short, the skin is very important, and knowing your skin well is essential so as to take care of it.

In order to identify your skin type, the first thing to do is to observe and listen to your skin, and see what it tells you. From there, it is easy to determine which of the following skin types you have.

Oily and acne-prone skin: Excess production of sebum can result in acne and shiny skin.

Dry and dehydrated skin: Dry skin results from an almost non-existent lipidic film, leading to moisture loss. This lack of hydration causes an imbalance in the protective lipidic film, giving rise to itching and tightness of the skin. 

Sensitive or reactive skin: Sensitive skin reacts to its environment by sending almost constant message to the brain to say that it is under attack. Reactive skin reacts to its environment in a similar way to sensitive skin, but over a short period of time.

Combination skin: Combination skin presents a mixture of different types of skin at the same time but in different areas (e.g. oily skin on the nose, dry on the rest of the face).

Mature skin: Mature skin starts to show signs of ageing, wrinkles and sagging, and no longer look bright and fresh.

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