Image Credit Flavio

Tendency Not Type

There are a lot of factors that affect your skin type. We've put together the best and most comprehensive information available so you can make an informed decision just remember that your skin is a living tapestry, it can change on the daily based on the seasons, the weather, hormonal cycles, air pollution, diet and a variety of other factors. Rather than thinking of your skin as having of a fixed "skin type", it's better to think of it as a skin tendency. Your skin may have a broad tendency towards dryness, but also experience bouts of redness (erythema) or oiliness when exposed to certain stimuli.

The good news is that in the same way that your skin can react badly to some stimuli, it can also react very well to other stimuli. It's entirely possible that you are blessed with skin is dry, red, and acne prone pretty much all the time except when you go for a dip in the ocean. We've heard similar strange reactions more than once from people with all sorts of skin issues and types. Such are the beautiful nuances of the living, breathing wonder we call our skin.

The best thing you can do for you skin is to get really familiar with it. Know what your base tendency is, take some time and invest in a solid and immutable routine, then pay attention to changes and their causes. In skin care as in life, knowledge is power. The chart below will help you understand your base tendency so you can get to work setting the foundation for the skin of your dreams. Above all else, remember to love your skin and treat it with care. 

Base Tendency

Identify

Do

Don't Do

Balanced

-skin is smooth with healthy oil to water balance.

-skin is not generally reactive but can take on other tendencies with seasonal changes.

-after cleansing skin does not feel dry or tight (also depends on the right cleanser).

-maintain a consistent skin care routine.

-consider adding anti-aging products as early as the mid-20s.

-hot water

-sun & smoking.

-alcohol in skin care products.

Combination

-skin tends to be oily around t-zone (forehead, nose & chin) and dry on cheeks and around eyes.

-maintain a flexible skin care routine that includes oily and dry care by spot treating areas of the face.

-drink more water.​

-natural & synthetic fragrances & colours.

-comedogenic ingredients.

-known irritants.

-hot water

-sun & smoking.

-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)​.

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

Sensitive

-skin reacts with redness, itchiness, burning or stinging, and dryness.

-can be caused by an underlying condition (dermatitis, eczema etc) or medication (Accutane, retinoids, chemotherapy etc).

-can occur simultaneously with almost all other skin tendencies.

-a carefully curated & consistent skin care regimen.

-always do a patch test.

-always space out the introduction of new skin care products, allowing at least two weeks (up to one month) for reactions.​

-natural & synthetic fragrances & colours.

-hot water​

-sun & smoking.

-known irritants.

-comedogenic ingredients.

-alcohol in skin care products. ​

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)​.

Acne Prone

-skin overproduces sebum (oil) which clogs hair follicles and mixes with normal skin bacteria causing localized inflammation.

-contributing factors include stress, hormonal changes, consumption of certain allergens like dairy and other factors. ​

-difficult to treat even if all steps are followed. If nothing has worked, consult a dermatologist. ​

-an effective & consistent skin care regimen

-stress reduction

-changing pillow case daily has been shown to help

-proper diet  (starting with an elimination approach)

-proper diet  (starting with an elimination approach)

-comedogenic ingredients.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

​-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)

-sun & smoking.

-hot water

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

-known irritants.

Oily

-overactive sebum (oil) production.

-skin appears oily or shiny and complexion may be dull or thick.

-skin can react with acne blemishes, clogged pores, and blackheads.​

-an oil controlling skin care regimen that doesn't strip too much oil or moisture from skin and cause overproduction of oil.

-comedogenic ingredients.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

-sun & smoking.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

Dehydrated

-dehydrated skin is lacking water.

-may have dry or irritated patches.​

-skin can react by producing more oil which can cause acne blemishes or clogged pores. ​

-drink more water. If you feel thirsty or your lips are chapped, you are already dehydrated.

-known irritants.

​-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)

-hot water

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

-sun & smoking.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

Dry

-dry skin is lacking oil.

-presents as dry and flaky, can even become cracked or chapped.

-often not just not he face but the entire body feels dry.​

-drink more water. If you feel thirsty or your lips are chapped, you are already dehydrated.

-known irritants.

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

​-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)

-hot water

-sun & smoking.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

Redness Prone

-skin flushes easily or shows persistent redness in the form of broken capillaries or rash.

-is highly reactive to direct sunlight, temperature changes, nicotine as well as red wine and other alcohol.​

-skin can also react with acne.​

-wear sunscreen and also stay out of the sun.

​-maintain a calming skin care routine.

-natural & synthetic fragrances & colours.

-known irritants.

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

-hot water

-direct sunlight & smoking.

-alcohol in skin care products.​

Mature

-skin has begun showing signs of aging including  fine lines & wrinkles, flakiness, sagging, hyperpigmentation & dullness.

-decreased oil production and increased dryness.

-can exist simultaneously with all other skin types.​

-maintain a consistent anti-aging skin care regime that also factors in any other tendencies. 

-avoid the sun.

-stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet.

-known irritants.

-SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)​

-natural & synthetic fragrances & colours.

-sun & smoking.

-hot water

-alcohol in skin care products.​

​-chlorinated water (consider a shower filter)

We all have skin goals. Somewhere in the back of your mind there’s a image of your perfect skin.  At T5B we’re strong believers in the power of a skin care routine.  A good skin care routine is the best tool you can use to bring your skin dreams within reach.  Before you can find the best routine to get the skin of your dreams, you need to know exactly what type of skin you have.  If you don’t use products appropriate for your skin type, you could be wasting money or even worse, damaging your skin.  Incorrect products for your skin type compromise your skin barrier and can create a vicious cycle of damage compounding on damage.