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Skin type and treatments
There aren’t four general skin types: oily, dry, normal and combination. In addition, it is possible to have sensitive skin along with one of the four general types.
If your skin has a strong tendency toward dehydration, lacks oil, and has few breakouts if any at all, it is considered dry. In more extreme cases, dry skin lacks elasticity and can be extremely sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold temperatures. Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy cleanser and warm water.
Treatment: Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use toner to help with that tight and flaky feeling of dehydration. Avoid toners and makeup that contain alcohol-based products (they have a drying effect on skin) . Use a cream-based lotion to hydrate your skin and keep it rejuvenated.
If your skin is oily, it usually has a lot of shine to it very soon after cleansing and the pores are generally slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads than other skin types and is coarser in texture.
Treatment: Your skin tends to attract more dirt than dry skin, so wash your face twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and warm water ( do not use harsh soaps). Rinse with warm water. You can use Johnsons n Johnsons clean and clear to remove any additional residue or dirt. Although your skin’s oily, you still must moisturize it with a light moisturizer daily, or your skin will become dry underneath and overcompensate by producing more oil.
3) Normal Skin:
Many people, when they hear “normal” skin type, envision someone with flawless, perfect skin.
Normal skin means that your skin is neither too oily nor too dry and is naturally moisturized with minimal to no signs of dryness, blemishes or black heads come once in a while but can easily be fixed.
Treatment: Wash your face with cleansers/soaps that are designed for your skin type. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry skin.
4) Combination Skin:
Combination skin is comprised of two extreme skin types on one face. These situations occur when there is acne and a lot of oil in one area when the rest of the skin is generally dry (no oil).
Treatment: Tend to each area appropriately as described above.
5) Sensitive Skin: Please note that you may have sensitive skin and normal, oily, or dry. If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold weather, it is sensitive. Sensitivity can show up in rash, redness, inflammation, acne, and dilated capillaries.
Treatment: Look for cleansers, toners, makeup, and moisturizers that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Cleanse, tone and moisturize with gentle products everyday. The idea for your skin is to always choose products with a soothing benefit. Some common ingredients to look for are: chamomile, lavender, camphor, calamine, rosemary, thyme, aloe vera etc.
General skin care for all skin types
1) Prevent sun damage. Sunscreen is the real fountain of youth. Applying sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 to 30 protection daily, even when it’s cold and you can’t see the sun. For those who do not like too many products buy a moisturizer with sunscreen.
2) Cleanse your face gently. Don’t clean so much you dry it out. BE GENTLE!
3) Exfoliate with masks and scrubs (St.Yves and also Mary Kay scrubs are really good)
4)Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat well, a diet with many fruits and vegetables, vitamins A, B,and C. Vitamin E helps to improve the complexion when applied externally, exercise, avoid bad habits like drinking or smoking, and PLEASE drink lots of water.
5) Avoid touching your skin with dirty hands or avoid scratching your skin as much as possible.
6) Washing your face with a mixture of brown sugar and a few drops of milk (enough to form a mud-like consistency) washes away dirt and excess oil, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. This scrub can be left on your face for as long as you like. (I use this and it works wonders)
7) To avoid black heads Never pick at a blemish.
8) Wash your pillowcase often, this is very important!!
9) To avoid pre-mature wrinkling around your eyes, avoid stretching or pulling on the delicate skin near your eyes when putting on creams or make-up
If your skin condition is worrying you, please visit a dermatologist and he/she is in a better position professionally to help you with skin issues that this or any other article is
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