Skin Types: Part 1

Have you ever had the question "What is your skin type?" When browsing a cosmetic department? If it has never happened to you, you are amazed! As a rule, this is the first thing I am asked, and I still have a lot of difficulty answering because I find the type of skin, very difficult to identify.

The cosmetics industry has imagined and listed its products in four main
categories that are sometimes subdivided. It is important to know that there is no regulation at this time with respect to skin type claims. In other words, companies determine for which skin type (which they have also defined according to their desires) a product is appropriate, by doing house tests and talking to the marketing department. There is also no consensus among health professionals, beauticians and beauty brands, which makes it even more complicated, although necessary to make informed choices.

Four categories?

However, it goes without saying that the four usual categories are a good start, although they do not address the small nuances as well as the many more important problems such as rosacea, eczema, acne, etc. . That is why it is interesting to know its "basic skin type", but to choose our cosmetics according to the current needs of our skin. The table below gives you an overview of these basic categories as well as the characteristics associated with them.Basic category "Skin type"

Sensitive skin?

An important point to mention is that the industry has become accustomed to classifying sensitive skins as a separate category. All products in the latter would be expected to be free of irritating and sensitizing ingredients (alcohol, perfume, essential oils, and others). Yet, reading the list of ingredients, it is not uncommon to observe the opposite. So beware of this category. In any case, all types of skin are better treated with the same concern as sensitive skinthat is, as delicately as possible.


Although you may have noticed, for the majority of us, the skin varies in appearance with age, seasons, stress, types of products used, diet, medication, etc. It goes without saying that the type of skin is not static and that according to the different periods of your life, it varies ... and it can vary often, closely. It is therefore necessary to remain attentive to the changes in your skin and correct your care routine based on them.

Normal skin?

When can we really say that a skin is "normal"? This is a big question whose answer is very personal. My normal is not necessarily yours. Everything is a question of definition. If one relies only on the cosmetics industry, having some wrinkles as you get older or having one or two occasional buttons would not be normal. This is of course not the case. We must remain cautious in our looking for normal skin since it can be endless and very expensive. Remaining critical and above all realistic is probably our best weapon when it comes to determining what our skin needs, no matter what our definition is, from the normal word.

In short, skin type is an important step, although it is not easy! Stay tuned for part two of this article that will give you some tips for identifying your skin type and its different needs.


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  • Interesting ,,, we often hear that dry skin is not synonymous with dehydrated skin, when do you think?

    Christiane the

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