Today, it’s easy to find a lot of resources and experts on the internet that you can ask to help you on your quest to achieving skin perfection.  

The science behind skincare products has come a long way but there's still no such thing as an instant fix to achieve flawless skin. You have to start by understanding and knowing what kind of skin you have. 

When it comes to classification, people are also categorized by the texture of their skin, such as oil, dry, or combination. This is important for dermatologists to recommend the best treatments for various skin conditions, including acne and dandruff. This classification usually refers to the skin on your face, though it sometimes matches the rest of your body as well.  

Five main skin types

Normal skin: Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily, it’s not severely sensitive to anything, has barely visible pores, and can usually count on not having to deal with acne. 

Oily skin: People with oily skin usually have enlarged pores and more overall sebum production than other types.  

Dry skin: Dry skin has really tiny pores, almost invisible, and your skin can often look rough. It also feels less elastic because of the decreased amount of sebum. Because of this, dry skin is especially susceptible to dry weather, especially in winters. It can become itchy or irritated and can develop cracks.  

Combination skin: It’s possible for your skin to be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. Combination skin usually also features large pores (at least on the face), and therefore is susceptible to acne. It’s actually a fairly common skin type, and needs different care methods based on the type of skin and part of the body. 

Sensitive skin: Sensitive skin is less of a type classification and more a measure of how easily it can become inflamed. This can show up as everything from simple redness to a full-blown rash or burning and itchiness. If your skin seems to often become inflamed, it’s advisable to visit a dermatologist and find out what triggers or what is causing the situation and avoid them.  

There are different skin conditions per type of skin but the most common ones in a tropical country like ours are probably acne and melasma.  

Here’s a list on what you can do to fight acne and melasma and ultimately achieve skin perfection

1.  Listen to the professionals. Visit your dermatologist twice a month or when skin problems arise. If you don’t want to visit the hospital, because of pandemic, you can still do an online consultation.  

2.  Wash your face before you sleep, no matter how tired you are. Never sleep with your make-up on.  

3.  Always moisturize in the morning and evening.  

4.  Always use a sunblock even when indoors to fight against UV radiation. Your sunblock is your skin’s best friend.  

5.  Stay away from sunlight as UV radiation is stronger in the afternoon.  

6.  Apply skin products correctly, and what order works best, especially if you’re a fan of K-Beauty products. Tone, moisturize, face mask and serum.  

7. Exercise 30 minutes a day or do your yoga at the comfort of your room.  

8. Skin care is also self-care. So avoid stress. Emotional stress can actually cause skin problems. When you are stress free, it shows in your face. 

9. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Watch your food intake. 

10. Take the prescribed supplements everyday to achieve flawless and clear skin. If you’re suffering from melasma, taking supplements with procyanidin, vitamin C, Beta Carotene, and d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate are helpful in fighting damaging free radicals which are a triggering factor for 

Melasma. They also help control the production of melanin to normal levels in the skin cells.  

The quest for skin perfection might not be easy and often times challenging, but knowing your skin type, understanding the common problems, and discovering suitable solutions can help make your goal a lot easier to achieve. 

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