You have skin - nothing is permanent including your skin, everything is in a state of constant change, it is with this philosophy that I developed FIFTY7KIND a skincare brand for skin-health, all skins, all genders we are 57 shades of humanness, not a skin type.
The ‘industry’s’ typical skin types
NORMAL // DRY // OILY // COMBINATION // SENSITIVE. We are all capable of having all of these ‘skin types’ throughout our lives, we are fluid, nothing is permanent our skin changes all the time:
As you age - the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, the number of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) decreases and the skin looks thinner, paler, and translucent. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity and sebaceous glands produce less oil leading to dryness.
Climate - There are four different climates that can affect your skin:
Dry (drys out your skin, they can also cause some skin conditions - such as eczema, psoriasis and nummular dermatitis)
Humid - Humidity often causes your pores to go into overdrive producing sweat to cool your body - which leaves you more prone to breakouts)
Cold (They strip skin of moisture and dry it out)
Warm (see sun exposure)
Pollution – Effects on the skin alone include dryness, premature aging, skin rashes, eczema, and acne. Air pollutants rob skin cells of oxygen, which can make the skin look dull and sagging. As you get older the body’s ability to fight free radicals diminishes.
Hormonal changes - Can be affected by our diet, what we apply topically to our skin and as we age
Commercial personal care products - Can be laden with chemicals that are toxic to the skin (and skin microbiome*) and your endocrine system.
Hydration - Your level of hydration
Heating and cooling systems - Skin drying
Sun exposure - Photoaging over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching
Smoking - Along with secondary smoke exposure - can produce free radicals, once-healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage cells, leading to, among other things, premature wrinkles
Alcohol - Is extremely drying to the skin
Makeup - Can be laden with toxic chemicals
Coffee - Caffeine is a significant drying agent, drinking too much coffee can lead to dry, aged-looking skin
Stress - Can lead to acne, rashes, blemishes, dullness, and a myriad of other skin issues. The more stressed you get, the bigger the toll it will take on your looks
Lifestyle choices - Proper diet, plenty of exercises, and hydration are the building blocks of healthy skin. The greater majority of skin related problems can be corrected by eating a balanced diet
Medications - Prescription and non-prescription drugs we take can be the cause of many skin conditions, from chronic dryness to bruising // rashes // hyperpigmentation.
My recommendation is to not box yourself into a category of ‘Skin Type’ but pay attention to your skin on a daily basis, see what it needs, and adjust your lifestyle and skincare ritual accordingly.
Until next time..
be human | be kind | be you
Great post! I couldn’t agree more that our skin changes throughout our lives. Teenage years, to much sun, pregnancy and hormonal changes mean I have had every skin type! I try and use all organic facial products including makeup to take care of my skin as much as I can. Thanks for sharing this post.
This is really interesting! I’ve always thought I had super oily skin, but the more I follow an oily skin routine, it seems like my skin decides to be dry all of a sudden
This is such a great post. For years I had always considered my skin to be set in a specific group (combination) but posts like this are really beginning to make me realise this isn’t the case at all!