Been wanting to blog about this for quite some time.
Some of y'all might have known that I've been working part time in the beauty industry ( *kind of trying to make ends meet in this difficult difficult recession period *uncomfortable cough* ) for quite sometime *uncomfortable cough again* *whispering ... SixMotherFuckingYears* !!!
I meet countless of customers ( each day ); some are knowledgeable and some just can't be fuck-bothered and rather we ( as sales representative ) choose for them.
Both categories of customers are GOOD because both had the mindset of wanting to buy something from us ( and in exchange, some of us do get our commission too ) and they have the PATIENCE to listen to us explaining WHY that particular product/s SUIT their skin type/skin concern.
However there exist a particular group of customers that I feel sorry for them.
Because they don't know what they want, they don't know anything about their skin,
Worst is they only BELIEVE what they've heard of from their friends/forums/mag reviews etc.
and to make things even worse, they are fucking stubborn/defensive !!!
( I have to be honest ) Customers are NOT WRONG to choose their own products ( even though they don't know wtf they're taking *roll eyes* ).
However we ( as sales representive ) can't simply just stand there and let you take the wrong products ( for the wrong skin type/concerns ). Eventually, your skin is fucked up and *unsurprisingly* the blame will come back to us.
Its part of our sale's integrity/responsibility to educate our customers.
So I've searched and even came up with some awesome theories/method to determine our skin type ( therefore fuck-stubborn customers can take wadeva they want, but at least they know/understand what they're taking ).
Love me or not ?!?! *screams* #BetterSayYes LOL!!!
Alright let get this education started, shall we ?!?! * all the fuckfaces, you might wanna read this. Trust me on this one baby ~~~ it helps !!! *
When it comes to finding out our skin type, the first thing we need is to forget everything that we've heard before ( yeah that's right, drop all the myths/recommendations that we ONLY HEARD before ) !!!
Because all these myths/recommendations can be confusing/misleading ( especially when the competitive beauty industry are coming out with more daring claims/assurance etc ... what to believe leh ?!?! you tell me !!! ).
While the typical categories of oily, dry, and combination skin are the basics, they don't address the wide VARIETY of other problems that can affect our skin type.
If we are easily prone to acne, sun damage, or even eczema, then these categories don't strictly apply.
Furthermore our skin type can change with everything from the weather to our stress levels ( or even when you're having your PERIODS/HORMONE CHANGES !!! LOL !!! ).
Why is it important to recognize all these factors leh ?
Because different skin types require different product formulations.
Even more important is to realize that we can have more than one skin type ( e.g sensitive and dry, oily and blemish-prone, sun damaged with acne ).
The more we know about everything that affects our skin type, the more we'll be able to find the correct skin products to be used.
Almost everything can influence our skin type ( both external and internal elements can and do impact the way our skin looks and feels )
Before evaluating our skin type, there are some of the factors that need to be considered ( because it's possible that our skin is simply reacting to influences that are within our control ) :
Unprotected/Prolonged Sun Exposure
Unprotected/Prolonged Sun Exposure
Alot of y'all don't realize that the products we use could be worsening ( or even creating the skin problems that we're trying to resolve ).
For example, many products for treating acne contain shitloads of alcohol or other "irritating" ingredients ( e.g. peppermint, menthol ) which dry and irritate our skin, triggering more oil production !!!
We can NEVER know our real skin type if we're using products containing ingredients that create problems.
For example, if we're using products that contain irritants ( irritating ingredients ) that can create dry skin and still make our oily skin worse ( e.g we have dry skin on top and oily skin underneath).
Then, if we use those thick-textured products that can CLOG our pores and in addition prevent skin cells from exfoliating ( which eventually leads to dull skin ).
If we overly scrub our skin , we can damage the barrier of skin causing more wrinkles and dry skin etc !!!
In order to really determine how our skin really behaves, we have to figure out IF our products are to be blame.
Here are some important factors to look out for:
Abrasive ( Harsh ) Scrubbing Agents
Over-Drying Cleansing Agents
Once we've ruled out all these factors, we can now determine our actual skin type.
A good thing to keep in mind is that almost everyone at some time or another has combination skin.
That's because the center area of our face naturally has more oil glands, so we are more likely to be oily or have clogged pores in the "T-Zone."
Likewise, it is typical for some areas of our face ( the eye area, around the nose ) to be more sensitive.
Before I continue,
I've noticed that among/almost all these fuck-stubborn customers ( * I gave y'all a category-name, you should be proud* ) likes to categorize their skin as "SENSITIVE/VERY SENSITIVE ~~~".
I saw customers with no pimples/pigmentation/redness/eczema/batchy flaky skin( just a few fine lines around their eyes, or maybe a little discoloration ) BUT they categorize their skin as "VERY SENSITIVE".
SENSITIVE YOUR NEH NEH POK AH ~~~ !!!
Please don't GENERALIZE your skin to sensitive. If you got a lovebite on your neck, why not you blame it as sensitive also ?
If you're really afraid of a reaction/breakout ( from your so-called sensitive-bullshits ), most skincare brands are doing sampling exercises now.
Take a sample, and try it on your face.
( with that said, please don't make use of all these sampling exercises, we know you want to try * there's nothing wrong * BUT we won't rule out the possibility that you're fucking GIANPENG especially when you keep asking for more ... more ... more sample please ~~~ *not to worry, we are also train to put on a bright smile too
Alright now back to serious issue.
Before we start to determine our actual skin type, it's best to WASH our face with a gentle cleanser, apply a gentle toner then wait two hours to see what our skin does without additional products or makeup.
When we finally discover what our skin type(s) really is/are, we can make better decisions about the products in our skin-care routine.
While all skin types can benefit from ingredients such as sunscreens and antioxidants, there are skin type-specific ingredients ( such as benzoyl peroxide for acne that come in a range of textures ).
The texture that our products are formulated in ( lotion, cream, gel, serum, or liquid ) should match the needs of our skin type in the area that has that concern.
Generally those lotions/ creams are best for dry to very dry skin, gels/ liquids are more for oily or blemish-prone skin, and lighter lotions are best for combination or normal skin.
Here's a useful guide to follow while selecting our products :
Alright, I shall end this longass wordy blogpost already.
I hope you guys found these useful.
Bye bitch ^>^ZzZzz
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