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It is very important to understand that skincare products is only part of the process of getting great skin. Whatever your skin type a good skin care routine is all you need to keep it looking healthy, fresh and clear.
Nutrition also plays a major part of this, you skin isn’t forgiving when you have a bad diet, the rule of thumb is to eat as many colours within your diet and this will help assist your skin.
Normal skin (The Lucky Ones).
Normal skin if it has the following characteristics:
Even-textured. Problem free without spots or blemishes. Looks smooth, healthy and clear. The key to keep normal skin looking good is to follow a sensible skincare routine using a good quality facial wash every day and a scrub once or twice a week. – Use a light-weight moisturiser that won’t overload the skin at least once a day.
Oily skin has the following characteristics:
Greasy and shiny, especially on the T-zone which is forehead, nose and chin, are prone to open pores, blackheads, spots and pimples. Dull looking and patchy. The key for oily skin is to keep it as clean as possible by using a good quality facial wash twice a day, a facial scrub two time a week and an oil-free moisturiser daily that will give your skin a matt look. – This helps to keep the pores clean also you need to take care not to over stimulate oily skin with harsh products or those that will over dry the skin. Avoid soap as it will disturb the skin’s natural protective layer and make the problem worse.
Dry skin has the following characteristics:
Uncomfortable and tight feeling especially after shaving or washing. It can peel, flake and look scaly and lined. Looks older as its rough, dull surface does not reflect the light very effectively. The key for dry skin is to use a gentle facial wash that won’t dry the skin further. Use a facial scrub only once a week to remove dead cells but don’t rub too hard or for too long. Use a good moisturiser twice a day. Avoid shaving foams and soap that will dry the surface layer of the skin. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration especially if you work in an air conditioning office and take fish oil capsules twice daily to provide essential fatty acids.
Sensitive skin has the following characteristics:
Reacts too many skincare and shaving products, usually turning red and botchy. Has a tendency to go red when touched, exposed to heat and / or to sunlight. Reacts to certain foods and / or fragrances that cause a rash and / or make your skin itch. May have broken red veins on the cheeks and nose.
The Key for sensitive skin is to avoid anything containing harsh chemicals or a lot of perfume. Avoid all products that aren’t designed solely for sensitive skin. Always protect sensitive skin from the sun even in cooler weather. If you are unsure always test any new products on the inside of your wrist before using them on your face.
Combination skin has the following characteristics:
Combination skin is when you two or more of the above skin types. Oily areas are normally straight down the middle of your face, the centre of the forehead, nose and chin. Dry areas are often the cheeks and sometimes the forehead.
The Key for rebalancing combination skin is to take care not to use products that are too harsh and that will dry your skin. Also nothing oil based or too greasy as this will only increase the problem. Try different products on different areas i.e. oil-free on the greasy areas and moisturising on the dry areas. Try specific products for combination skin.