Determine Your Skin Type

Your skin changes over time and can be affected by a variety of factors including environment, diet, hormonal fluctuations, medical issues, medications, and allergies.

Determining your skin type can make it easier to choose the best ways to take care of your skin, and what products work best for you. Many factors go into interpreting your skin type and sometimes you may need assistance from a professional aesthetician to objectively look at your skin.

Let us draw upon our many years of skin knowledge to help find solutions to improve the texture, tone, and resilience of your skin. Where necessary, we will work cooperatively with your doctor or dermatologist, allowing them to properly diagnose medical issues while we work on the overall health and wellness of your skin.

See the chart below for help in determining your skin type; to learn more about how to treat your skin, fill out a contact form here or call to speak with an OptaDerm specialist today.

Oily

  • Oil in T-zone and on cheeks
  • Skin feels oily soon after washing
  • Blackheads and oil congestion in T-zone and on cheeks

Normal

  • Slightly oily in T-zone
  • Cheeks feel comfortable and are rarely dry
  • Few blackheads or oil congestion in T-zone

Dry

  • No oiliness in T-zone
  • Cheeks feel dry and tight
  • No blackheads or oil congestion

Sensitive

  • Skin flushes easily from wind, sun, cold or friction

The 4 Aspects of skin care

Its never too early to start your own skin care regimen cover the primary aspects of skin care. OptaDerm can customize one to address the needs of your skin, with a combination of facials and products.

Cleansing Proper cleansing will keep blackheads and pore congestion to a minimum. Your skin should always feel refreshed afterward — not dry, tight or greasy. Massage your cleanser well on the skin, then complete with a thorough rinsing of lukewarm water. Complete the cleansing process with a tonic where water is hard or impure.

Exfoliating Your skin produces new skin cells at the base of the epidermis when the older cells are removed, resulting in younger-looking, better feeling skin. Your skin type will determine the optimal type and frequency for exfoliating your skin. Physical exfoliation uses gentle grains to slough off the uppermost layer of dead skin cells. Microexfoliation uses enzymes and acids to remove the uppermost layer of dead skin cells.

Protecting The most direct path to a lifetime of good skin is protecting it. From childhood to age sixty, all aging is from UVA and UVB ray exposure. UV ray damage usually takes twenty to thirty years to show in the skin. With adequate UV ray protection, all skin types can be protected from aging before their time.

“The sun may cause sunburn, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Avoiding the sun, wearing protective clothing and regular use of sunscreen over the years may reduce the chance of these harmful effects.” — Health Canada

There are two forms of UV ray protection, organic and inorganic. Organics are found in nature and must be combined to achieve an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or more. Inorganic is mined and form a physical block to achieve an SPF of 15. To ensure proper protection wear a sunblock every day of the year with an SPF 15 or more, not just during sunny times.

Moisturizing At times skin needs more hydration or lubrication to keep it comfortable and moist to the touch. Hydration gives water to the skin and lubrication provides oil. Keep in touch with your skin to know its moisturizing needs. Many factors determine the correct level, so a quick review every season is necessary.

Factors that Change Skin and Causes Problems

Factors that change skin and cause problems are climate, hormones, diet, stress and improper care.

Climate

Climate affects skin greatly. Warm climates and seasons need more cleansing of oils and perspiration with proper protection and less moisturizing. Colder climates and seasons require gentler cleansing with proper protection and more moisturizing. So as climates and seasons change so must your skin care. Monitor for dryness or breakouts to adjust your cleansing, protecting and moisturizing.

Hormones

Hormones dictate the amount of oil (Sebum) your skin produces. At times your skin will produce more oil and more cleansing is in order, other times dryness will mean increasing your moisturizing. For women, a monthly breakout means paying close attention to skins oil production and feeling.

Diet

Diet can affect our skins as well. Skin is a sensitive organ and reflects our well being. A healthy diet keeps our entire body in check. A sudden change in diet or individual diet sensitivities can cause skin problems.

Stress

Stress causes different reactions all over our bodies. So lots of good sleep and a sense of well being is good for our skins. Stay active and healthy to keep your skin in top form.

Improper Skin Care

Improper skin care causes all kinds of problems so if the skin is not behaving, a change may be in order. Your skin care should always be in the review to keep up with the changes. No one skin care regimen will be good for all time. Nor what your friend uses may be suitable for you. Keep in touch and let us know when skin changes or problems arise.

Patch Testing

Patch Testing when trying new products is recommended. For even the gentlest ingredients can cause irritation on some skins. Apply a small amount to the inner arm for a week to monitor for a reaction. If any sign of tingling or redness occurs discontinue use.

OptaDerm products are made of the finest ingredients available and made in small batches to ensure freshness.

We recommend that our products be used within one year of purchase. If products are to be stored it is suggested you refrigerate them to keep freshness. Don’t expose OptaDerm products to extreme heat or cold and keep out of direct sunlight. For optimum daily storage keep products in a cool and dry place.

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