The DRNW skin type is one of 16 unique skin types identified in the Baumann Skin Typing System, a dermatologist-developed skin typing system created by professor Leslie Baumann in 2005. If you have dry, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled skin, your Baumann skin type is DRNW.
Your skin is resilient, so can use all sorts of anti-aging actives; however, you want to make sure you don’t disrupt your skin barrier. To help you find a balance, it’s important to create an anti-aging routine that suits the specific needs of dry skin.
This post is part of a series on the Baumann Skin Typing System, a dermatologist-developed skin typing system with 16 different skin types. If you are a DRNW skin type, keep reading; if not, take our quiz to find your unique skin type!
On this post:
- What is the Baumann Skin Typing System?
- The DRNW skin type: How to identify it
- How to care for DRNW skin
What is the Baumann Skin Typing System?
The Baumann Skin Type Indicator, or Baumann Skin Typing System, is a skin type classification system created by dermatology professor Leslie Baumann. It was first unveiled in the book “The Skin Type Solution”, published in 2005, and it’s since taken the world of beauty by storm.
Rather than rely on the traditional skin types we’re all familiar with (think dry, normal, or oily skin), the Baumann system is based around skin characteristics. According to Leslie Baumann, each person can be placed on either side of these four parameters, resulting in a unique skin type:
- Oily (O) versus Dry (D)
- Sensitive (S) versus Resistant (R)
- Pigmented (P) versus Nonpigmented (N)
- Wrinkled (W) versus Tight or Unwrinkled (T)
The DRNW skin type: How to identify it
The DRNW skin type is dry, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled. Let’s dive a little deeper into what that means:
According to Leslie Baumann’s system, dry skin has low sebum production and a moisture imbalance; for this reason, it needs a little more help than oily skin. Among the concerns associated with dry skin, are decreased sebum production, of course, but also rough texture, tightness, and a dull appearance that doesn’t quite reflect the light.
There’s sensitive skin, and then there’s everything-proof skin, resisting everything from daily aggressions to highly concentrated skincare products. Resistant skin doesn’t need a lot of pampering–its only downside is that it may be resistant even to the positive effects of skincare actives when used in low concentrations.
This skin type doesn’t have any concerns associated with unwanted pigmentation–think dark spots and patches, melasma, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This is a great situation to be in, and you may want to put some effort into maintaining it. A good way to prevent the development of dark spots is to use sunscreen every day–even when it’s cloudy!
In the Baumann system, “Wrinkled” skin isn’t just affected by wrinkles; it’s also affected by other signs of aging, such as dullness, loss of elasticity and firmness, and just an overall “aged” and “tired” look. Skin aging is inevitable, but there’s still a lot you can do to minimize signs of aging if that’s a priority for you.
How to care for DRNW skin
If your skin type is DRNW, you have dry, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled skin. Because your skin is resilient, you can use all sorts of anti-aging actives. However, you want to make sure you don’t go overboard with very potent ingredients, or you might end up disrupting your skin barrier.
To help you care for your DRNW skin with ease, try looking for the following products:
- A gentle cleanser that won’t dry out your skin;
- A treatment serum formulated with tried-and-tested anti-aging ingredients that play well with dry skin (like peptides, for example);
- A rich cream that will not only replenish your skin, but also contribute with a firming and lifting effect;
- A very high protection sunscreen with added anti-aging benefits.
Discover your DRNW skincare routine now:
To help you navigate these general recommendations, we’ve put together two DRNW skincare routines you can use as a starting point. One routine is all-vegan, the other is not; they are both great examples of anti-aging routines that work well for dry skin:
The Baumann Skin Typing System may seem a little complicated at first, but it’s a simple, intuitive way to classify skin types based on 4 characteristics that everyone can understand. If you are a DRNW skin type, you know your skin is dry, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled; following the routines above, you will be able to care for your skin according to its specific needs. Still need a little help? Then don’t hesitate to contact our beauty experts; we’ll be glad to help!
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