There are seven known types of skin, don't stick to just one skincare routine - as you get older, your skin tends to change, and to get the best care it needs you have to know what type of skin you have.
Changing your routine doesn't have to be difficult, you know your skin better than anyone else - it may need tweaking slightly that's all! Here are foolproof ways in which to find out which type of skin you have, what to avoid and what it needs...
delicate, tends to flake & fine lines.
avoid using harsh soap, products which contain alcohol & exposure to sunlight, central heating and wind.
use gentle cleansers and taking special care when moisturising are essential.
soft, smooth, supple - not prone to eruptions (acne).
can change to dry skin as you grow older.
regular cleansing and light use of moisturisers is all that's needed for normal skin to 'glow'.
tends to be sallow, shiny - often has open pores therefore prone to blackheads/acne.
thorough yet gentle cleansing is essential. Stay away from alcohol based products as these tend to strip too much of your skins natural oils, often leading to the breakouts you want to avoid.
use a gentle astringent toner is helpful too.
usually this type of skin is only on the facial area, the central areas (forehead, nose & chin) being oily and the others tend to be dry.
the best way to treat combination skin is to care for the areas of you face as different types, based on their characteristics.
when caring for your skin, you might want to try 'balancing' skincare - these tend to help combination skin balance the oily and dry layers so that they don't appear dry or oily.
problem skin is not to be confused with oily skin, though it is still prone to blackheads, acne & spots.
the best way to treat problem skin is be going on the defense through your diet. There are a variety of ways in which to 'detox', even when sticking to a balanced diet, drinking 'smoothies', adding herbs to your cooking, etc...
using clays for deep cleansing can be good for your skin as well as thorough, gentle cleansing.
very similar to dry skin, though it also prone to itching, redness, allergies & broken capilleries.
as with dry skin, cleansing should be gentle, using soothing & cooling moisturisers is also helpful.
avoid exfoliants, astringent toners, products which contain alcohol (these will dry your skin out faster), and frangrances.
sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles
sadly there is no miracle cure for fine line or wrinkles, however caring for your skin by choosing nourishing, moisturising products will help reduce their appearance somewhat.
products that have regenerating ingredients tend to work best for those with mature skin, some of which are: rose, frankincense, myrrh, palmarosa and lavender.
Knowing what type of skin you have is half the battle to keep it in tip-top shape, the other half is choosing the right skincare products that work with your skin - not against it!
Overall, carefull study of the ingredients in your products can help you understand how that product works. Skincare ingredients though tend to pull double duty, such as mango butter acts as an emollient though it is also astringent.
Humectants draws moisture to your skin, emollients soften your skin, they can also help to soothe irritation. Astringent ingredients have a drying effect on the skin.
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