Signs of aging
Many people are not aware, however our skin type can evolve during our lifetime. According to some, those with an oily skin type in their teenage years can find their skin becoming drier post-puberty. However, those with a normal skin type can find their skin getting drier as they age.
As all skin types age, skin loses volume and density, fine lines and wrinkles appear and changes in pigmentation can occur.
Understanding and measuring these signs of ageing helps us to determine the condition of our skin.
More often it is our skin colour and ethnicity that influences how our skin reacts to external forces. These forces being those such as the sun, pigmentation disorders, irritation and inflammation.
Firstly it is our basic skin colour is determined by the density of the epidermis and the distribution of melanin.
Secondly, the redness of our skin is also a useful measure of skin condition. Redness indicates how successful our circulation is and can be helpful in identifying conditions such as rosacea.
Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated by different factors. For example, different skin care products or high and low temperatures. However, for some people, sensitive skin is a permanent condition and something they are born with.
Yet, for others, sensitivity is triggered by certain internal and external factors. This is more sensitised because of external factors. These occur when your skin’s natural barrier function is compromised. Resulting in causing water loss and allowing penetration of irritants.
The symptoms will be the same as sensitive. However, we can often change things to help this condition. Identifying and evaluating symptoms such as redness, a rash, stinging, itching and burning help in determining skin condition.
Sebum and sweat production
The amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in skin controls the efficacy of the skin’s barrier function. As a result, the condition of skin. The overproduction of sebum can lead to oily, acne-prone skin, while low sebum production causes dry skin.
The perspiratory glands in skin produce sweat to help the body to maintain its optimum temperature.
Excessive or low sweat production can influence your skin condition.
Natural Moisturising Factors
Naturally produced in healthy skin, such as amino acids help to bind water into the skin. They help maintain its elasticity and suppleness. By doing this it prevents your skin from becoming dehydrated.
When the skin’s protective barrier is damaged it is often unable to retain these essential moistures. Therefore skin moisture decreases and the condition is affected.