How to Change Your Genetic Skin Type to the Perfect Skin Type
You know that there are 16 Baumann Skin Types, which are determined by a blend of genetics and lifestyle factors. The question is, can you change your genetic skin type to achieve perfect skin, or are you stuck with the cards you’ve been dealt?
The good news is that yes, you can change your skin type! The key to getting perfect ORNT skin (Baumann Skin Type 10) is to remedy all barriers to skin health that your skin currently has. The four possible barriers are inflammation, dehydration, pigmentation, and aging.
If you want to achieve “perfect 10” skin, follow these four steps to get there.
The first step is to hydrate dry skin. This will not only moisturize your skin and make it smoother and more comfortable, but it will also strengthen your skin’s protective barrier. The skin barrier performs two important functions: 1) sealing moisture inside your skin, preventing it from evaporating into the atmosphere and 2) preventing pollutants, bacteria, and other harmful substances from penetrating your skin.
Do this by using a moisturizer that works well for your specific Baumann Skin Type. Barrier repair moisturizers like Zerafite Ultra Rich Body Cream work well for dry, sensitive skin types who need extra hydration and barrier repair.
Once you have your skin properly hydrated, you essentially eliminate all eight dry Baumann Skin Types.
2. Eliminate Inflammation
The next step is to get rid of inflammation. If you have what many people refer to as “sensitive” skin, inflammation is an underlying concern for you. In fact, all four sensitive skin subtypes have one thing in common: inflammation. Those subtypes are acne, rosacea, burning or stinging, and contact dermatitis.
If one or more of these inflammatory issues affect your skin, you need to take steps to eliminate that inflammation in order to have healthier skin. These steps include:
- Using anti-inflammatory skin ingredients such as argan oil, feverfew, and resveratrol
- Eating anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, walnuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables
- Avoiding harsh skincare ingredients or allergens that make inflammation worse
- Talking to your dermatologist about prescription treatments for rosacea, such as Rhofade™
By getting inflammation under control, you eliminate another four skin types, getting closer and closer to perfect skin.
3. Regulate Pigmentation
In the Baumann Skin typing System, pigmented skin is defined as skin with an uneven skin tone caused by overactivity of melanocytes. Light caucasian skin can be considered pigmented in this classification, while darker skin types can be considered nonpigmented when skin color is even- toned. Pigmented skin is genetically predisposed to an uneven skin tone, and lifestyle factors like going out in the sun without sun protection and using tanning beds heighten those effects. Inflammation can also lead to unregulated pigmentation.
The first step to getting an even skin tone is to avoid unprotected sun exposure and tanning beds, and ensure you wear SPF every day – even when you’re not outside. UVA rays can penetrate glass, so your skin can be exposed even while driving in your car or sitting in your office next to a window.
The second step is to hydrate skin if you are a dry type and reduce inflammation if you are a sensitive type.
Skin-lightening ingredients can also be used to help even skin pigment. These ingredients include vitamin C, kojic acid, hydroquinone and others. Talk to your dermatologist before starting a skin-lightening regimen to ensure you are using the best ingredients for your skin type and to minimize potential side effects.
Getting rid of pigmentation issues will eliminate another two skin types.
4. Block Aging Factors
People are often surprised to learn just how much control they can have over how well their skin ages. Combining healthy lifestyle habits like staying out of the sun, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting enough sleep with the proper anti-aging skincare regimen can have a profound effect on your skin’s health and appearance.
Some of the newest and most promising anti-aging skincare ingredients to date include defensins, heparan sulfate, and growth factors. Other more well-known anti-aging treatment ingredients include retinoids, hyaluronic acid, and resveratrol.
Blocking aging factors with these methods gets rid of the last wrinkled skin type left. The key is to USE THE CORRECT SKINCARE FOR YOUR BAUMANN SKIN TYPE EVERY DAY!
Using the correct skincare can help you achieve the Perfect 10 Skin Type.
(Perfect 10 skin is hydrated , resistant to inflammation, has regulated pigmentation and healthy lifestyle factors.)
Successfully implementing the skincare regimen and lifestyle changes outlined in these four steps will leave you with perfect 10 skin that has NO barriers to skin health! It is important to note that once you achieve the perfect skin type, you will need to continue maintaining those same great lifestyle habits and keep up with your skincare regimen in order to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
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