What’s Your Skin Type?
You may be normal, oily, dry, combination and/or sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types, a bit like patchwork quilt and need different creams on different areas. For example, if you have an oily T Zone but very dry cheeks, you will need to moisturise the cheeks only and use a product to reduce oil on the T Zone only.
Your skin type can change from time to time as the seasons change, or as you age. Younger people are more likely to have a normal skin type.
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has-
· No or few imperfections
· No sensitivity
· Hardly any visible pores
· A radiant clear complexion
A combination skin is the patch work of dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, usually the T-zone, that’s forehead, nose and chin. Combination skin, will benefit from different skin care products in different areas.
· Large pores on nose, and greasy forehead, nose and chin.
· Blackheads, occasional spots,
· Dry cheeks and eye area
Products that would be good for your Combination skin-
Dry and Mature Skin
After cleansing, skin may feel tight and dry. The wind and sun can cause skin to crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. Very dry skin can become rough and scaly, especially on arms, and legs. Hands can become sore, flaky and rough. Dry skin can be genetic, or caused by hormonal changes, ageing, sun damage, harsh ingredients in skincare or cosmetics or even some medication.
· Dry and tight, invisible pores
· Dull, rough complexion
· Red patches
· Lack of elasticity
· Visible lines and wrinkles
Here are some tips for looking after dry skin:
· Do not shower or bath in hot water, use tepid water, and not more than once daily.
· Use gentle soaps or cleansers.
· Don’t scrub your skin while bathing or drying.
· Apply a rich moisturiser after bathing.
· Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
· Always wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents or household detergents.
Products that would be good for your Dry skin are-
Oily or Acne Skin
Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin usually occurs during puberty, but stress and over exposure to heat can make it worse.
· Large pores
· Shiny complexion, can be red
· Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and or spots. Tips
· Only wash your face twice a day.
· Use a gentle cleanser.
· Don’t squeeze spots or pimples. This prolongs healing time.
· Exfoliate regularly
Products that would be good for your Oily or Acne Skin-
Sensitive Skin Type
If your skin is sensitive, find out what your triggers are. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it can be skincare or cosmetics.
Products that would be good for your Sensitive skin are-
Skin Care Tips
· Use a broad spectrum Sun Protection, every day, that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses.
· Don’t smoke. Reduce alcohol consumption.
· Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, your body will work properly.
· Wash thoroughly every day and always wash your makeup off before bed.
· Moisturise twice daily.