It is universally acknowledged that skin type is the most important factor in determining which skincare products to use. Skin is skin, right?
Wrong - and we are challenging that narrative. The skincare industry relies upon an outdated, skin-type-based framework to determine care, while disregarding the complexities of how skin works. In a progressively multiracial and multiethnic world, most people now report having combination skin, making it almost impossible to use skin type as a sole indicator.
The Revive Naturals approach to skincare is based on skin tone, rather than type. You see, your skin tone is more of an indicator than first thought. It explains factors ranging from the degree to which sun exposure impacts your skin, to how your skin will respond to laser treatments. Skin tone determines how prone you are to certain skin conditions and issues, but it also determines how your skin will react. Yes, acne can occur in all skin tones. But how it manifests and affects the skin, along with how the skin will react to treatment, is dependent on skin tone. For example, a person with very oily skin and severe acne may be advised to use maximum strength benzoyl peroxide. However, deep skin tones may not have a favorable reaction to this advice. Due to the sensitivity of highly pigmented cells to harsh chemicals, this can cause inflammation. The result? Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
There are also countless skin conditions and issues that a person is significantly more susceptible to based on their skin tone, such as keratosis pilaris, rosacea, under eye circles, and ingrown hairs. Examining skin tone yields a more accurate resolve of which products, and more specifically which ingredients, to use. While there is truth to skin type classifications, considering that alone can exacerbate issues. If one thing is clear, it is that skin type alone can no longer be the litmus test for skin treatment.