Skin Typing and Skin Care Products: Make Skin Care Simple
Skincare-News. com reveals the secrets of skin typing and how this can help in developing a personalized skin care routine.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) March 6, 2008
Maintaining a proper beauty regimen is crucial for healthy skin, so don't rely on a haphazard system for choosing skincare products. Skincare-News. com's latest article, "Make Skin Typing Work for You" helps readers understand how skin typing works in order to properly choose products and care for their skin.
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Skin can be classified into seven general types - combination/normal, dry, sensitive, oily, mature, couperose and acneic. A simple test at home can be used to determine skin type. After washing and drying skin, press a few pieces of thin rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper against different parts of the face. If the paper sticks and collects oil spots, the skin is considered oily. If the paper doesn't stick, the skin is dry. If it sticks onto the forehead, nose or chin, this is considered combination skin.
Combination/Normal: Neither excessively dry nor greasy, combination/normal skin is typically clear with medium pores. The skin may tend toward dryness on the cheeks and oiliness in the T-zone, though overall the texture is idea - smooth and even. In order to preserve the skin's health, upkeep is necessary. To maintain surface moisture, use a mild, oil-based moisturizer beneath makeup during the day and make sure to moisturize each night. Opt for a mild, emollient cleanser that effectively removes makeup but also soothes and conditions skin.
Dry: Dry skin is characterized by fine wrinkles, flakiness, red patches, dullness and a papery texture. To quench the skin's thirst, its important to use creamy cleansers and thick moisturizers to boost moisture content. Cleanse the face with alcohol-free cleansers, toners or milks, which will remove makeup and impurities while infusing moisture into dry skin. Because dry skin is easily irritated, reduce time in the shower, and don't rub the face while drying. Instead, pat gently with a towel to avoid chafing.
Sensitive: People with skin that is prone to irritation and broken capillaries, itching, flakiness and blemishes require particular care. Those with sensitive skin are unable to use certain cosmetics and shouldn't apply chemical-based products. Instead, go for hypoallergenic skincare lines free of alcohol, emulsifiers and fragrances. As with all skin types, cleansing is an important part of your routine, but finding a suitable, gentle product can be difficult, so read the labels carefully and watch for reactions that could occur within the first few days of using a new product.
Oily: Signs of oily skin include enlarged pores, blackheads and blemishes, an oily T-zone, makeup that wears off within a few hours. While it may be tempting to over-wash the face, dermatologists say that's a big mistake. As with any skin type, over-washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, so wash no more than twice a day with a cleanser designed to eliminate excess oils and lipids that block pores and create aggravating blemishes. Another mistake many make is thinking a moisturizer will only add to their oily skin worries. Its important to use a light, oil-free moisturizer to leave skin feeling hydrated without greasy residue.
Mature: With age, skin loses elasticity and firmness, appears looser and thinner and acquires a dry, wrinkled texture. But it's never too early to begin an anti-aging skincare routine with a refreshing cleanser, night reform treatment and perfecting night cream to cleanse, moisturize, repair and hydrate mature skin. Take special care of the delicate eye area with a cream that reduces the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.
Couperose: Couperose skin is distinguished by chronic redness and caused by weak, dilated capillary vessels. Spicy foods, alcohol, cigarettes, sunlight and anything that causes blood to rush to the face are all factors that contribute to couperose skin. People with this type of skin should avoid washing the face with extreme hot or cold water and choose products designed to strengthen capillary walls. Shun harsh exfoliants, products with hydroquinone and topical acne treatments with benzyl peroxide. Instead, use soothing creams to diffuse blotchiness and calm redness.
Acneic: Perhaps the most frustrating of all skin types, acenic skin (or acne-prone skin) suffers from an oily surface, obstructed pores, blackheads and unsightly pimples that can later result in scars. People with acne often mistakenly use harsh chemical cleansers, which result in dehydration and even more acne. The secrets to clear skin include normalizing or balancing products. Acne sufferers should use a topical exfoliant with benzoyl peroxide after cleansing, and then apply a mild toner to purify pores.
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