Skin Care – For Who???

Posted for Skin Care On August 20, 2008


Cosmetic stores are full of colorful packs that hide inside unique skin care formulations. But just when you have that itch to pick it up and add to your cart, stop and look.

Does it cater to your skin type?

Skin type?? Must be normal… I guess!

Yup. This is the answer that I got when I posed this question to some ladies in the malls the other day.

And I’m sure there are still more who don’t have a clue about which category their skin belongs to. Well, before I get you tips and products to enhance your beautiful skin, I’d rather talk about how to decipher your skin type…

To start with, there are 5 major types of skin: Normal skin, Dry skin, Oily skin, Combination skin and Sensitive skin!

Let’s start with the blessed Normal skin types…

As I said, people with normal skin types are blessed with good genes. If you could say the 3Ss, it has to be for them. Soft-Smooth-Supple! Normal skin has a fine texture and is free of blemishes and acne. It has a natural radiance that comes from within.

But that does not mean you can do away with a skin care regimen. As blessed you’re with the skin, so important it is to maintain it. Follow a regular cleansing-toning-moisturizing regimen to that beauty stay where it is.

Now the Dry skin…

The problem with dry skin is the hair follicles refuse to enough sebum to lubricate the skin naturally, hence dryness. It comes close to the texture of normal skin but just that it feels tight and papery without moisture. And yeah due to lack of moisture, there can be fine lines around the eyes and mouth. And this makes the skin more prone to early-aging.

Therefore, you would need to use a rich and creamy moisturizer or soap to compensate for the poor performance of oil glands. But do make sure you rinse off the lather well enough.

The slimy Oily skin…

This compensates for the lack of oil in dry skin by producing excessive oil on the skin surface. The skin feels oily all the time especially around the forehead and nose areas. Plus there can be rough and uneven patches. Glow it will, but it will be closer to slime ;-)

Skin problems may include rise of blackheads and regular acne attacks. Therefore steer clear of any oil based beauty product that’s may hit the markets.

The complex Combination skin…

There is no good thing about it. Infact it takes up all the bad points of dry skin and oil skin type. The T-zone of the face is oily whereas the cheeks remain dry. Sighhh… how I wish there was a combination moisturizer!

Taking care of combination skin is indeed complex. You can do well using an oil-free cleanser in the morning so as to prevent the oiliness during the day. Wrap up the by using moisturizer to soften the dry areas.

And last of all the susceptible sensitive skin…

Easily irritated, highly reactive, red hues and occasional acne attacks- This is what sensitive skin is all about. The skin seems to be clear but any new product used on it may lead to severe reactions. Symptoms include swelling and redness and occasional sprouts of pimples.

A great way out will be abandon soaps n stuff and say hello to hypo-allergenic cleanser that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. Try and get hold of a good quality organic cleanser.

So there they are. Ascertain what your skin type is as I get you more on what\’s happening in the world of skin care.

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