The Elusive Product-Skin Type Match

January 21, 2018 - by

“What’s your skin type?”

This is a question that we always come across when shopping for skin care products. We automatically answer – “dry”, “oily”, or “combination” – terms we’ve learned by reading numerous product labels or watching one too many beauty vlogs. But actually, one’s skin type is determined by multiple dimensions.


1. Sensitivity


Sensitive skin is prone to irritation and allergic reaction when subjected to harsh products. Contrary to popular belief, sensitive skin doesn’t only equate to dry skin, although that may be the more common case. People with normal, oily, and combination skin can also be sensitive.

If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to use mild, natural products like VMV Hypoallergenics.


2. Level of Oiliness

oily skin

Normal skin is well-balanced, doesn’t break out or get irritated easily. People with this skin type can use pretty much any product. Of course, certain conditions can tip normal skin into the being dry (such as winter) or being oily (such as humid weather). Adjust products used accordingly and you’ll be fine.

Brands like Be Organic Bath & Body that carry handmade, organic, high-quality products would be your best bet.

Dry skin is characterized by tightness, less visible pores, and flaking. This type is prone to developing fine lines early on, so keeping it hydrated is of utmost importance.

If you have dry skin, use oil-based and cream-type products to ensure max moisturization. Check out V&M Naturals for their oils.

Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production, which makes it prone to acne breakouts. All that sebum also makes pores appear larger. Excessive face-washing could escalate instead of diminish skin oiliness. On the plus side, people with oily skin get less wrinkles.

If you have oily skin, best use water-based and gel-type products like Laneige.

Combination skin is characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead and nose) and dry cheeks and jawline. It’s

If you have combination skin, it’s best to use separate products for each area. For your oily t-zone, use water-based products like the No Sebum line of Innisfree. For your dry areas, add max moisture with


3. Sun Exposure Reaction

sun exposure

The skin’s color is determined by melanin production. This is in turn influenced by one’s genetic makeup. This is the reason why some people easily tans with minimum sun exposure, while others could sunbathe all day and only achieve a boiled lobster look.

A form of skin typing was developed by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, back in 1975. It considers a person’s eye and hair color (genetics-based), and skin color before and after sun exposure. There are 6 types of skin according to the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Test. You can take a quiz to know your here:

Asians would generally fall under Type III or Type IV, both of which are recommended to wear at least an SPF15 every day. Even if you’re indoors all day, the rays emitted by computer screens or sun rays filtered through windows can still cause skin damage, so make sure to put on a broad spectrum sun cream like VMV Hypoallergenic’s Armada Face & Body Shield 60.


4. Age


Like how we needed different levels of nutrition from babyhood to adulthood, our skin’s requirements also change with each passing birthday.

Your 20’s is your skin’s peak season. At this stage, it can take all the abuse and still recover fast, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave it uncared for. Your 20’s should be spent investing in prevention of future damage. So to keep skin looking younger for longer, start using anti-aging eye cream and night cream early on, and keep it clean by regular exfoliation. Olay’s Total Effects line would be a good choice.

In your 30’s, your skin will begin to decrease collagen production, and the wear-and-tear it endured during your 20’s will start to show. This is the time you need to up your anti-aging game by investing in a high-quality anti-aging line. One of the best and a crowd favorite, for good reason, is Kiehl’s Anti-Aging Line.

When you hit your 40’s, you’ll have to reckon with how much you took care of your skin in the last couple of decades. Skin may look more dull and may sag more, so best to look for products with antioxidants, collagen, and retinol to combat all the signs of skin aging. At this stage, products like 3W Clinic’s Collagen line would be very helpful.


There you have it! So next time you go shopping for skin care products and you get asked the same ol’ question, you can list all these dimensions to get your best product-skin type match.

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