Oily. Dry. Dehydrated. When it comes to your skin, what are you working with? It can be complicated to figure out exactly what’s going on there, we know. Because each skin type has different needs, it’s important to assess and determine your skin type, so that you can treat it effectively. We’re breaking down different skin types, from oily skin to dry skin and dehydrated skin — simply read on to find out more!
So What IS My Skin Type, Anyway?
Each skin type has specific common characteristics that help set it apart. When trying to determine whether you have dry skin, dehydrated skin, or oily skin, here’s what to look for specifically.
Additionally, the sebaceous glands on your scalp produce sebum (oil) to help lubricate the scalp. When these glands either under or over produce sebum, many different issues can begin to happen to your hair and scalp, such as:
Here’s How to Tell If You Have Oily Skin.
If you have oily skin, you may notice that your skin looks shiny and feels greasy. This is the result of your skin producing an excess of sebum (oil from the sebaceous glands), especially in the T-zone (AKA the chin, nose, and forehead). Oily skin may also be likely to have enlarged and clogged pores, and is more prone to blemishes and breakouts. In addition, oily skin is prone to PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), which can leave dark spots on the skin after a breakout heals.
Here’s How to Tell If You Have Dry Skin.
Has your skin been looking and feeling, well, parched? The most important difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin is that dry skin is a skin type, while dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Dry skin is caused by a variety of factors:
- Genetics (thanks, Mom and Dad)
- Environmental elements like lifestyle and diet
- Hormonal changes.
With dry skin, you will find that your skin lacks oil — and, because your skin produces less sebum, it doesn’t have the lipids it needs to retain moisture, causing it to dry out. Trying to quench your dry skin with moisturizers and lotions can prove unfruitful, since your dry skin craves them so much that they get soaked up too quickly to make a lasting impact. You might also notice flaking, tightness, cracking, sensitivity, or itchiness. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and drinking lots of water (those recommended eight glasses of water a day really do make a difference!) can aid in combatting dehydration.
Here’s How to Tell If You Have Dehydrated Skin.
With dehydrated skin, your skin lacks water and moisture — but it tries to make up for the dryness by creating even more oil (a vicious cycle)! Once this happens, you might notice breakouts, irritation, and dry patches, especially in your T-zone. Dehydrated skin might look dull, feel tight or rough, be sensitive, or show accelerated signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging). It’s also important to note that dehydration can affect all skin types — yes, even oily skin!
Okay, I’ve Figured Out My Skin Type. Now, What Do I Do About It?
First of all, knowing what your skin type is helps so much on the journey to having a clear, healthy, radiant glow. Once you’ve assessed your skin type, it’s time to take action! We recommend a Hydrafacial treatment, which gives you the assurance that comes from hydrated, healthy-looking skin. This personalized experience can help improve firmness and feel, smooth texture, and provide an even, radiant tone. This hydradermabrasion procedure uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract, and hydrate skin — and the spiral design even delivers painless extractions! (Say it with us now — yes, please!)
And if you’re looking to treat dry skin, oily skin, or dehydrated skin? You’ve come to the right place for your face. Your provider can personalize your Hydrafacial treatment with a booster that is the most suitable for you and your specific skincare concerns. Curious? Here are a few you can choose from:
For Dehydrated Skin: Circadia ProTec Plus Booster.
This booster protects the skin from free radical damage, provides optimal hydration, and reduces visible signs of redness, making it perfect for dehydrated skin. This is thanks to:
- Diffuporine Peptide: Increases skin hydration and presence of Aquaporin channels in the cell, which is an intrinsic cell hydrator.
- Brightenyl: Delivers essential antioxidants, protects against inflammation, and reduces pigmentation.
- AcquaCell: Increases hydration levels in the skin, and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hyaluronic Acid: A multiple weight hyaluronic acid blend delivers maximum hydration.
For Dry Skin: NassifMD Dermaceuticals Hydraglucan Intense Hydration Booster.
If you have dry skin, you’re looking to replenish moisture and hydration to the skin. This booster does just that! It also rejuvenates and protects the skin, and addresses signs of aging, thanks to a cocktail of ingredients including hyaluronic acid, glucan, and betaine.
For Oily Skin: Murad Clarifying Booster with Hydrafacial.
This booster is specifically formulated to address breakouts and problematic skin. It’s formulated with a blend of salicylic acid (to reduce the severity of breakouts), and green tea extract (to help soothe irritation). With this booster, you can look forward to cleansing, the dissolving of excess oil, the purification of your pores, and the prevention of future breakouts.
So, you’ve identified your skin type, and now you understand how to treat and care for it. Voila! You’re on your way to a gorgeous, healthy, hydrated, RADIANT glow. And who wouldn’t want all of that, right?