EM BEAUTY AND FASHION
WHAT SKIN TYPE ARE YOU?
Licensed Aesthetician Mya Zackery answers EM’s questions about skin care that can get you the healthy skin you want.
EM: Mya, EM is so pleased that you carved some time out of your busy day to discuss skin care with us. Keeping our skin clear of breakouts, or from becoming too dry or oily is a problem so many of us face because we don’t understand how to properly care for our skin. What are the different skin types and how can we identify our specific type.
Mya: Skin is definitely divided into types. The different skin types are dry, oily, sensitive, combination, acne prone, and aging skin.
Dry skin is a skin condition resulting from a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial (surface) layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum ( an oily and somewhat waxy substance on the skin) from sebaceous glands which are located under the skin’s surface.
Sensitive skin generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions.
Combination skin means your skin can be dry in some areas and oily in other areas, such as the T-zone which consists of the nose, forehead, and chin. Aging skin presents as changes you might notice in your skin as you get older such as wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth.
EM: What is the difference between childhood acne and adult acne and what typically is the cause of adult acne?
Mya: Acne prone skin identifies as skin that is more susceptible to breakouts and blemishes.
Adult acne can present as a result of hormonal fluctuations and chronic stress while Teen acne is part-genetic and part hormonal, however most teenage acne is related to puberty.
EM: Why doesn’t just using plain soap and water everyday work as a skin care regimen?
Mya: You should avoid soap on your face because its components can be harsh. Unless the product is specifically designed for the face, it could remove good lipids as well as dirt and sebum. The Ph Balance of the face is different than the Ph Balance of the rest of our body, so it’s important not to over-dry skin and throw off normal Ph balance. Use products that can maintain/restore Ph balance.
EM: When should a person consider seeing an Aesthetician on a regular basis?
Mya: You should see an Aesthetician if you are looking for pampering or routine maintenance. You should also see an aesthetician for basic skin care procedures or general concerns that you notice in your skin you would like to addressed. I will always recommend a facial every month to clear clogged pores, brighten and hydrate parched skin and remove dead cells.
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EM: Thank you Mya, for spending time with the EM Family.
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