Monday, 27 May 2013

What’s your skin type?

For a smoother skin and getting proper skincare treatment, you should be able to answer this question.
Why not determine your skin type with a facial tissue? When you wake up in the morning, wipe your face with the tissue, these are the results for different skin types:

Normal skin
The tissue does not reveal any traces of oil. Your skin should feel vibrant, elastic, and supple. This skin type looks clean and smooth coupled with a good blood circulation.
Use a daily facial cleanser, and a face scrub every other day. Don’t forget a moisturiser.
Dry skin
Your facial skin will feel flaky, dry, and tight after you have wiped it with the facial tissue. Dry skin can easily develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores, and it is very prone to aging.
Begin with your facial wash— let it be gentle and hydrating.
Wash in lukewarm water (hot water dries the skin out).
Hydrate regularly with a good moisturiser.
Oily skin
The facial tissue looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny. This means your skin has enlarged pores, which tends to break into acne. Luckily, you are not prone to aging and wrinkling.
You need careful cleaning by going for products that are oil free.
Take less of carbohydrates and avoiding rich creams.
Combination skin
The facial tissue you wiped with shows traces of oil. This skin type combines both dry and oily skin.
It requires different types of care in relation to particular facial areas. The dry zones, (cheeks and around the eyes) should be treated with rich creams and moisturisers, while oily areas (forehead and nose) will benefit from frequent and thorough cleaning. Use acne treatment over areas where you breakout. The moisturisers can be applied over drier areas, including around the eyes.
Sensitive skin
Your skin is dry, tends to feel tight, and becomes inflamed. This skin type develops reddish and scaly areas. It can be itchy and tingly, and is prone to breaking into spots.
• Don’t use cheap shaving creams, perfumes, and alcohol-based products (they cause severe skin reactions).
• Use gels instead of creams and after-shave balm with a bit of sun protection. Don’t ever use fragrance or glycerine soap. If any redness occurs after using a product, stop!
General skincare
• Good, hydrated skin results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity, which will further aid in diminishing spots and stretch marks. It is advised to drink one to two glasses of water several times during day.
• Include ample vitamins A, C and E in the diet chart. These vitamins endow skin with optimum elasticity and at the same time provide nutrients for skincare. Fresh fruit, vegetables, almonds, fish and eggs are some examples of vitamin-rich food items.

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