SKIN TYPE IV
dry / parched / tight / dehydrated
Dry skin refers to the amount of oil you are producing. Dehydrated skin is skin that is lacking in water. If you are both dry and dehydrated you need to choose highly emollient products that seal in humectants (or moisturizer loving ingredients) in the formula. Inherently tight, dry skin has smaller pores. Although, as you age you may find your pores are getting larger as your skin loses tone and it flattens out. Parched skin will feel tight, and uncomfortable, often look dull and itchy or flakey.
The dehydration part of your routine is very manageable if you just choose ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid (two star humectants). This includes hydrating non-drying cleansers which are lotion based with no foaming surfactants. Non-drying toners should never sting or contain alcohol, witch hazel or minty ingredients. These types of toners may initially feel soothing but that cooling feeling is water evaporating out of your skin. Exfoliating regularly with a mild AHA serum will remove those dead, dry surface cells - revealing plumper more hydrated skin underneath. Dehydration can fluctuate during the year so you might need to adjust your products seasonally. In the winter it can feel incredibly parched and need extra rich emollients to build a better barrier. This skin type often does better in summer or in a more humid climate. So, you may need to change your routine seasonally. But when you're feeling parched it means you have a compromised skin barrier. In this vain don't underestimate the repair capabilities of a good emollient moisturizer. The result?
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