Find Your Skin Type
by Suzanne Currie
No two skin types are the same. When were born our skin is mostly
perfect, it's smooth, close textured, moist, plump and has enough oil to protect
it without causing problems. As we get older the conditions in which we live and
our age begins to change the texture of our skin so it's very important we take
care it and get it as close as possible to our baby skin.
Normal skin is very rare. It is smooth and soft with no open pores, spot,
veins, flakes or blackheads showing and is fine in texture. If you pressed a
tissue to the face first thing in the morning there will be a slight trace of
oil. If you do have this skin type you are one of the lucky ones and should
totally protect it with tender loving care. By using light gentle products and
rich moisturizers you can protect it from the harshness of winds, the sun and
If a tissue is pressed to the face first thing in the morning there would be
quite a lot of oil showing. The texture is course with large pores and prone to
blackheads and spots, this is because the pores get blocked with excess oil
(sebum). However, the bonus of having oily skin is that you get less wrinkles
and your skin gets less oily as you get older.
It is a big mistake to use soaps, harsh cleansers and astringents (toners)
that contain alcohol, these tend to stimulate the skin, produce more oil and in
the long run make the situation worse. Use an oil free moisturizer, except on
areas that need a lot of moisture which is around the eyes, throat and lips.
This skin type benefits from regular use of masks and steaming. This helps to
unblock pores which causes blackheads.
This is a combination of normal/dry and oily skin. Press a tissue on your
face first thing in the morning if there is a greasy "T" shape on the tissue
this would indicate combination skin. There are pimple on the forehead and chin
and here are often small greasy areas on the jaw line. This program for this
skin type has to be oily/normal or oily/dry
Dry skin is delicate, lines easily and is fine textured. If you have this
skin type avoid using soap and water, it tends to makes your skin feel tight!
All masks and steams have to be used with great care as this skin type is
usually prone to veins and broken capillaries. Use gentle and rich in moisture
products, especially around the eyes, throat and lips that tend to age first.
Skin Beauty can be obtained, if you know your skin type and use the correct
skin care line for your individual skin type you will achieve great results.
However, it is skin care is only one part of beautiful skin a healthy diet,
exercise and plenty of water is also vital in your outcome. A good sunscreen
daily will prevent ageing and sun damage.