Do you really know your skin?
We'll explain with simple words (promised) what your skin is made of. Because after all, better understanding it is the first step to better take care of it on a daily basis. And when we know that it is the largest organ in the human body (4 kg on average for an adult, and 2 square metres of surface area), it becomes all the more important!
Yes, because a better knowledge of the skin and its composition makes it possible to better understand how it works, and to know how to recognize the different types of skin, in order to then choose the most appropriate products and skincares. And this is even more true for facial skin: much thinner, much more exposed to external aggressions, and therefore much more sensitive. So let's get to the heart of the matter.
What is our skin made of?
We know that the skin protects our body, that it gives us information about the outside world through the sense of touch, or that it reflects our identity: our stress, our lifestyle, our health,… But do we really know what it consists of?
On average 1.5 mm thick, the skin is divided into three layers.
In direct contact with our environment, the epidermis acts as a barrier between our body and our external environment. And yet, it is the thinnest layer of our skin. More concretely, it is a mixture of sweat and sebum (not very glamorous), and it is here that the microorganisms that form the skin flora develop.
Located under the epidermis, it is on the contrary the thickest layer of the skin. This is where the glands that produce sweat and sebum are located; and where hair (still not very glamorous) is formed. But the dermis is also the layer responsible for the skin's hydration, since it is 80% water and we bet you that we teach you that?
Finally, we come to the deepest layer: the hypodermis, which is in fact a greasy layer especially responsible for our dear friend cellulite!
Now that we can see more clearly what our skin is made of, let's ask ourselves what kind of skin we have so that we can choose our skincares accordingly. Have you ever really thought about it?
And what is my skin type?
Normal, greasy, dry, mixed? It is better to know your skin type in order to choose the right facial skincare. But then what makes it possible to determine your skin type? You were told above about the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, composed of sebum and sweat. Well, this layer of the skin is covered with a hydrolipidic film whose quantity and quality determine the type of skin. However, this is not the only cause because the type of skin also varies according to your age, health, climate, pollution level or lifestyle.
More concretely, let's look at the four main skin types so that you can find your way around;)
Our skin goal for all of us: neither too greasy nor too dry, it does not shine, is not uncomfortable and is not more sensitive than that, in short the dream! If you recognize your skin in this description, good news, you will not explode your beauty budget because your skin does not need tons and tons of care. Enjoy it!
This type of skin lack of sebum which leads to the evaporation of water. It therefore especially needs to be fed and usually manifests itself in a rough feel, tightness or a certain sensitivity to climate change. Be careful not to confuse it with simply dehydrated skin: a temporary type of skin that reflects a temporary lack of water. You may therefore have dehydrated dry skin or dehydrated oily skin.
Unlike dry skin, oily skin is explained by a sebum excess. However, this condition may also be due to hormones, pollution, stress or the use of excessive stripping products. A few clues can help you recognize oily skin, such as shiny, dilated pores or the presence of many blackheads (in other words, these nasty blackheads).
Finally, in between: combination skin that tends to be oily on the T-zone of the face (forehead, nose and chin), but normal to dry on the cheeks.
Can you see more clearly?
We hope so, because by determining your skin's needs, you can add them to the Romy HyLab application in the "My Coach" mode. You can then add the data of your environment and your lifestyle and HyLab, our personal care formulator, will indicate the capsules of active ingredients to be inserted to create your tailor-made facial care ;)