Skincare for every skin type
The first step to feeling beautiful
For any beauty product or skin care regimen to work it’s important that you first understand your skin type. While beauty treatments can help you improve its texture and appearance, your basic skin type is genetically pre-determined. So if your mother had an oily or dry skin, the chances of you having the same are very high.
However, the health and beauty of your God given complexion will depend on how you treat it, what you feed it and your lifestyle. Late nights, junk food, alcohol, smoking and sun exposure can all take a toll on your skin. The first step to looking and feeling good is eating right, exercising regularly, drinking enough water to flush out toxins and following a skin care regime that works for your specific skin type
To figure out what skin care regime works best for you, it’s important to first understand what your skin type is. Generally, there are five basic skin types, normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive, with each requiring specific care and formulations to make it glow. To figure out what your personal skin type is, use a simple test. Wipe your face as soon as you wake up with a soft, clean facial tissue.
If the tissue remains clean with no trace of oil, you are blessed with a normal skin type. With a simple, no-fuss daily routine your skin feels vibrant, elastic, and supple. Normal skin is the least problematic of all, looks clean and smooth, with a radiant complexion, good texture and healthy circulation. You’re lucky that with just sensible skin care, you’ll have glowing skin to your 50s and later. Start using products like Olay and La Prarie
If the tissue comes off clean but your skin feels flaky, dry and tight, you have dry skin. Without regular moisturizing such skins develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, fine pores and rashes. While you’re young you might be able to get away with a rushed beauty routine but to keep it looking great into your 40s and 50s you should start pampering it with moisturizing masks, creams and serums. We like Thalgo.
A tissue with oily residue when you wipe your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead is a sure sign that you have oily skin. Oily skin ages slowly and shows up fine lines and wrinkles much later than dry skins do. But such skin types can be problematic; they look greasy, thick, coarse and shiny, with enlarged pores acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads are common on such skins. However, careful cleansing, using oil-free moisturizers and sunscreens such as Neutrogena and Shiseido Pureness Mattifying moisturizer and eating a healthy, low-fat diet of greens, whole grains and fruits can hugely benefit the quality of oily skin types.
The nose, forehead and chin—also referred to as the T zone—come off oily when wiped if you have combination skin. The rest of the face feels normal.Combination skins have patches of both dry and oily skin, and require different types of care on specific facial areas. Usually, dry zones on the cheeks and around the eyes need to be treated with rich creams and moisturizers such as Vaadi and Olay while oily areas on the forehead and nose benefit from frequent and thorough cleansing with oil-free cleansers like Himalaya.
If wiping with a tissue leaves your skin feeling itchy and dry, chances are you have sensitive skin. Such skin types are usually very dry, feel tight and are easily inflamed and irritated. Harsh cleaners and non-hypoallergenic makeup products can cause redness, itching and rashes. Sensitive skins need to be pampered since they are fragile and problematic. Always look for moisturizing, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenc makeup and skin care products. We like Clinic and Netrogena.