The rapidly growing billion-dollar beauty industry is continually being updated with new beauty products and tips for perfect skin. It’s as if with every turn or social media newsfeed scroll, a new product comes on the market. It can be confusing as to which product or regimen best fits our needs, especially when we all have different goals and several options to achieve our “perfect skin.”
Skin care concerns vary from dry, oily or sensitive skin to enlarged pores, acne, blackheads, hyperpigmentation, under eye circles, wrinkles and more. Some of us want clear skin and others are looking for more youthful looking skin. Our preferences can even be influenced by our cultures. Research has shown that these desires go beyond vanity and ethos and may actually be a part of our biology. Evolutionary theory shows that our desire for healthy skin may be related to a reflection of overall health and ultimately guaranteed survival as a species.
Take skin luster for example, and the popular desire for skin that glows and lacks dullness. One study found that red coloration in the face may be interpreted as healthy oxygenated blood in the individual, whereas yellow coloration of the skin may indicate adequate levels of carotenoids in the diet. Increased skin vascularization, which leads more redness in the skin, has also been associated with increased physical fitness as well as increased estrogen levels in women but is impaired in people with type 2 diabetes. There really is more to our skin health and preferences that meets the eye, and beauty may very well be more than just skin deep.
What constitutes perfect skin then? Since needs vary from person to person, it becomes difficult to declare the one perfect skin type. In fact, skin that lacks imperfections likely does not exist as our skin is often influenced by ever-changing stress levels, diet, hormones, our environment, and other factors of daily life.
Just like with overall health in general, a well-rounded personalized approach can help meet an individual’s needs when it comes to their skin care. A person with oily skin may notice more clogged pores from using a heavy moisturizer that would otherwise improve someone else’s dry skin. The same person with oily skin may notice more skin irritation and acne when eating unhealthy food to relieve their stress. While a face wash and topical cream may help this individual’s acne, a healthier diet and stress management techniques may also contribute.
The Dermveda Skin Type Profiler combines the modern knowledge of dermatology with skin care approaches used in Naturopathic, Ayurvedic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help individuals learn about their own unique skin type as well as the best foods, products and even exercises that can help balance their skin. Take the quiz here to learn more about your own unique, imperfectly perfect skin type.