Serene Aesthetics

Skin Type Check

Nov 20, 2017 — by A.O

The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is to determine your skin type. Skincare routine and products depend on your skin type and thus it is important for you to know your skin type. Products formulated for your skin type offer the best chance of giving you the results you want. Therefore, knowing your skin type allows you to choose and tailor your skincare routine and products that will be most beneficial to your skin.

There are generally 5 skin types. Firstly, normal skin that feels clean and smooth with natural radiance as it is not too oily or dry. Normal skin does not experience breakouts often. Secondly, oily skin which tends to shine and feel greasy. Excess sebum production makes oily skin more prone to whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Thirdly, combination skin which is a combination of oily and dry skin. People with combination skin will experience shine and greasiness on some areas of the face while having localised dry patches on other areas. Besides, combination skin can change according to weather. Next, dry skin that feels tight, rough, flaky and dry. Dry skin is more prone to aging and irritation. Last but not least, sensitive skin which gets irritated easily accompanied by rashes, red patches, itchiness and pain.

Other than visiting a skin doctor, you can determine your skin type by yourself at home. There are several simple methods to identify your skin type.


1. The Blotting Paper Test.

To perform this test, you need to prepare blotting paper. At the night before the test, wash your face and go to bed without applying any skincare product. Once you wake up in the morning, take the blotting paper and blot key areas of your face including T-zone, forehead, under eye, cheeks and jaw area. After that you can check the oils absorbed by the blotting paper to identify your skin type.

  • Normal skin: Blotting paper has average amount of oil in all areas.
  • Oily skin: Blotting paper has excessive amount of oil in all areas.
  • Combination skin: Some areas of the face have excessive oil but other areas don’t have much oil on them.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Blotting paper has little or no oil on it.


2. The Mirror Method.

After your morning cleansing, do not apply any skincare or makeup as well as no wiping and blotting. As soon as midday comes, go see what your skin looks like in front of a mirror.

  • Normal skin: Looks the same all the time.
  • Oily skin: Look shinier compared to morning.
  • Combination skin: T-zone looks shine but the rest of the face is the same.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Dry patches, peeling and redness at the midday. 


3. The Touch Test.

Similar to the mirror method, prepare your skin in the morning. When midday hits, use your hands to touch your face to feel how is it. However, make sure that your hands are washed and clean.

  • Normal skin: Entire skin feels supple and moisturised.
  • Oily skin: T-zone and other parts of your face feel oily.
  • Combination skin: T-zone, nose and chin feel oily while other areas feel rough and dry.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: The skin feels rough without oily or supple feel.


Finally, when you get to know your skin type, you are ready to learn what are the skincare products available in the market that suit your skin type. After that, incorporate them into your skincare routine correctly to maximise their effects on the skin for a beautiful and radiant skin. If you are still not sure about your skin type, do seek help from the professionals like Serene Aesthetics.

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No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.


Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.


Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.


Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.


Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Scarring:

Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.



Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.


Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.