LET’S TALK ABOUT SKIN…….DO YOU KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE?
Determining your skin type is important before you waste money on products which may end up not giving you the results you need as well as damaging your skin. By investing in Skin Care Products formulated for your skin type and coming up with a Skin Care Routine suited to your needs, you will have the Beautiful skin you want and slow down the aging process while you are at it!
It is important to understand that our skin changes as we get older, due to hormonal changes and during the different seasons through the year. Your skin may be oilier in the summer and dry in the winter, so the skincare products you use in the summer are not necessarily the same ones you can use during the winter.
SKIN TYPES VARY ACCORDING TO…..
• Water content which affects your skin comfort and elasticity.
• Oil content which affects your skin softness.
• Loss of sensitivity which affects your skin ‘s tolerance to certain substances.
Younger people tend to have normal skin and it is not too dry or too oily.
• Normal skin is smooth, supple radiant and one has a healthy complexion.
• It has no severe sensitivity.
• It feels firm, elastic and has few or no imperfections.
• Barely visible pores.
Oily skin is common in teenagers and is caused when the glands (an organ of the body that produces liquid chemicals) produces too much oil. It can be worsened by puberty, stress, hormonal imbalances, exposure to too much heat or humidity and even medication.
Great news is oily skin is not prone to aging or wrinkling!
• Oily skin is shiny, thick, coarse and has enlarged pores.
Dry skin is prone to irritation and aging, the complexion is dull and is dry to the touch. In severe cases, when exposed to to drying factors (wind, sun, cold, ultra violet radiation from tanning beds, ingredients in cosmetics, medication and even hot showers ) the skin can be itchy, inflamed or irritated.
• Dry skin has less elasticity.
• Has more visible lines.
• Red patches.
• Tight and flaky.
Combination skin can be a result of genetic or hormonal factors which cause an imbalance in how much oil is produced and can also vary depending on the weather. It can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others such as the T Zone (chin, nose and forehead).
• Occasional breakouts.
• Large pores especially round the nose.
Sensitive skin is usually dry, tends to feel tight and is becomes inflamed and irritated easily. It is very common to get sensitive skin in response to particular skin care products and is prone to breaking into spots.
BASIC SKIN CARE TIPS….
• Wash your hands before you wash your face.
• If you use a facecloth make sure its a clean one to avoid build up of bacteria.
• Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise your skin twice daily.
• Exfoliate your skin at least once or twice a week.
• Apply a Face Mask at least once or twice a week.
• Use sunscreen.
• Whatever you do to your face do to your neck and chest ( you don’t want to look young on your face and old
wrinkly in your neck and chest area)!
• Avoid using cleanser, toners and moisturiser around the delicate eye area, (they are designed for the face
where the skin is a lot thicker)!
• Always wear sunglasses to protect your eye area.
• Stay hydrated.
In my next articles I will be focusing on how to look after the different skin types and recommending products you can use….Until then you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or visit my website www.callmercy.com.