Understanding Skin Type

Your skin is part of what makes you unique. To many skin type is referred to in terms of oily, dry or combination. But your total skin type definition includes:

  1. Skin Color
  2. Skin Tone
  3. Skin Texture

Your skin type is a product of these three factors.


Skin Color

Skin color almost always has a yellow undertone; the natural color of melanin. The best place to determine the natural color tone of the skin is the nail bed or underarm. You will note that the color conforms to one of the following: reddish-orange, reddish-blue, pinkish-blue, peachy or yellowish?

Another simple method of determining skin color is whether your skin burns or tans when exposed to sun:

  • Pink (Light) - Those who burn and either tan minimally or not at all have significantly less melanin, which results in a pink, bluish-red, or ruddy skin tone. A ruddy complexion has obvious signs of redness or tends to flush easily. Some neutral skin tones fall into this category, particularly if rosacea is a factor.
  • Yellow (Light or Medium) – If you are Caucasian and have beige or yellow undertones you should choose Yellow. Asian or Light Mixed Race also fall into Yellow. Most Caucasian women fall into Yellow so if you are unsure select Yellow. A yellow ("sallow") tone is predominant, looks worse with cosmetics with too much yellow.
  • Olive (Medium) – If you tan easily and do not burn, your skin's natural melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) level is higher, and you most likely have a yellow-to-olive undertone. Olive skin tones are typical in those of Mediterranean, Latino, a Fair-skinned African American, or dark mixed-race descent. Olive skin tones can look rather ashen or gray, from the combination of the common natural yellow undertone combined with the greenish hue unique to olive skin.
  • Brown (Dark) – If you are African American, deep complexioned Indian or any other dark skin color then you should choose Brown.
    Neutral skin tones are those with no obvious overtones of olive, sallow, or pink.

Skin color changes in heavy smokers to take on a grey-yellow tinge. It may also change with certain illnesses, such as liver disease. Skin tone determination is most useful in the selection of cosmetics. Foundation is used to neutralize overtones, thus matching the skin’s natural undertone.

The most common skin color problem with aging is the darkening of skin colour. The main rfor this is the over-absorption of the natural colouring pigment, melanin, by the top most cell layer in our skin. Melanin is produced in the basal cell layer and dead cells on the surface absorb this colouring pigment. With aging, the natural sloughing of these upper layers slows down, causing a build up of melanin.


Skin Tone

Body tone is a factor of lean muscle mass and skin tone. Those cellulite dimples that appear even on lean people tend to disappear when the skin in pulled taut. 

Exercise does little to improve skin tone. Skin tone is more affected by a healthy cellular, where toxins are effectively removed from the skin and nutrients can boost collagen production.

A good facial skin tone helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging with age.


Skin Texture

Skin texture is a result of smoothness of the skin's surface, hydration of the skin, and the collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan content of the skin. All of these properties are affected by hormones, diet, skin care products, and various cosmetic procedures. In addition, there are great treatments for oily skin, dry skin, rough skin and yellow "sallowed" skin. You must be evaluated by one of our doctors in order to form a regimen specific to your skin's needs.

Causes for the Deterioration of Complexion and Texture

A gradual decline in skin rejuvenation and improper sloughing of the skin surface affects the complexion also. The general deterioration in skin is very obvious with age. The diminished blood circulation, the loss in activity of oil and sweat glands and degeneration of body tissue causes dryness and wrinkles on the skin.


Antaging Care For Your Skin Type

The 5 most important things you can do for your skin to prevent aging damage are:

  1. Protect your skin from UVA PhotoDamage - use SPF15+
  2. Protect your skin from the environment - skin moisturizing creams
  3. Keep your skin nourished - skin nutrition supplements
  4. Keep body toxins low - don't smoke with low toxic foods, environments
  5. Keep your skin hydrated - drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol intake


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