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Know Your Skin Types

How Do I Know My Skin Type?

Your skin is as unique as you are, and there are plenty of factors that can change and affect the way it looks, including age and the environment. Knowing your skin type can help you take care of your body’s largest organ by selecting the best products suited for its needs. Generally speaking, there are three main skin types: normal, dry, and oily. However, it also possible to have more than one skin type, known as combination skin. On top of that, some people may also have sensitive skin, which can affect any skin type. Sensitive skin is characterized by increased sensitivity to products as well as other elements such as weather. Sensitive skin is best diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Check out the characteristics of different skin types to discover which category your skin falls into:

Normal Skin

Normal skin is not too oily and not too dry. If you have this skin type, you probably don’t suffer from skin ailments, such as acne, very often. Nor does your skin feel very tight and dry when you wake up in the morning – it just feels normal.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you may suffer from flaky patches or spots of redness. The condition of your skin is likely affected by the weather, like wind, and may feel more irritated after a shower or indoor heating. Dry skin can feel very tight and uncomfortable.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is most often associated with teenagers, but it can also affect other age groups as well. Humid weather, stress and hormones can also exacerbate oily skin. Oily skin feels greasy and often shows pimples, blackheads and enlarged pores.

Combination Skin

Combination skin occurs when you have more than one skin type on different areas of your face. Combination skin often needs different products to treat different areas. If you have combination skin, you may have an oily T-zone, which feels greasy, but dry patches on your cheeks that feel tight.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, then you may suffer from periodic bouts of redness, dryness, itchiness and burning. Skincare products not specifically tailored to sensitive skin, as well as other items that come into close contact with this skin type, can cause irritation to the skin. However, exposure to the sun, as well as indoor air conditioning and heating and other environmental factors, can also affect sensitive skin.

Know More About Daily Skin Care

Skincare Tips for Healthy Skin Everyday

The all-natural selfie: It’s the newest trend in Hollywood, but you ever wonder what it takes for celebrities to maintain that amazing skin? Do they have personal assistants in town all day, applying foundation and moisturizer? Maybe they spend hours each week getting beauty treatments?

The truth is that good skin is a combination of a healthy lifestyle and effective skincare. You don’t have to live like a celebrity to have that level of glowing skin; you just need to implement healthy choices and practice a good routine. Learn how to below:

The Healthy Lifestyle Advantage

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and one of your most valuable assets. Caring for it goes beyond just skincare products. The things you do every day matter:

• What you eat: Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are great for your skin. For optimum results, increase your vitamin C intake, and lower your intake of unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. As a general rule, colorful meals are better for you than neutral colored foods such as potatoes, which are starchy and less nutritious.
• How much you exercise: Stress is hard on skin because it triggers acne and rashes. Exercise is a natural way to counteract stress, so get up and moving at a moderate pace (at least 30 minutes on most days).
• How much water you drink: Water is nature’s moisturizer, and that includes the water you drink. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin supple and glowing.

All of these habits go into creating a healthier, happier version of your skin.

Your Daily Skincare Routine

In the morning rush, you might not have time for an extensive skincare routine. But don’t fret! There are little tweaks you can make to your morning routine that can have a big impact on your skin.

• Limit your morning shower: Long, hot showers will dry out your skin. Keep the water warm, not hot and the shower or bath short.
• Use the right cleanser for your skin type: If your skin is dry, look for a product that hydrates. If you wear a lot of makeup, use a product designed to remove it. Try sample sizes until you find the cleanser that looks and feels best to you – this isn’t a one size fits all situation.
• Pat your skin dry: Avoid rubbing or scrubbing to remove the water; instead, pat your skin dry. A little water left on your skin helps add moisture.
• Apply an appropriate moisturizer immediately after showering: It should be light and not overly greasy.
• Protect yourself from UV rays: Buy skincare products that have SPF protection. Your skin will thank you with a healthy and happy glow.
From making conscious, healthier eating choices, to shortening your morning shower ever so slightly, taking little steps like this can make a big difference in how you feel in your skin.

Take Care Your Skin

It’s important to take care of your body. When it comes to taking care of your skin, you want to make the time and investment. The sooner you start making smart, healthy skin choices, the better off your skin will be long-term. Whether you practice a basic routine or a more complex one, maintaining healthy skin pays off in the long-run.

The Basic Routine

A basic, easy-to-follow skincare routine has three main (but essential) parts: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Knowing the correct order to apply products makes your skincare routine more effective.

1. Cleanse

Washing your face with water alone isn’t enough to rid the skin of impurities, and traditional soaps can be too harsh. A cleanser removes dirt, debris, oil and makeup from your skin – we suggest doing this twice a day, especially before bed. Choose a cleanser based on your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, it may benefit from additional acne-fighting ingredients. If you have dry skin, choose a cleanser that won’t strip your skin of moisture. By cleansing your skin, other products will work better and your skin will benefit overall.

2. Exfoliate

Buildup of dead cells on the skin’s surface can cause acne, dull complexion or wrinkles. An exfoliator gets rid of the buildup, giving your skin a healthy glow. Exfoliate according to product instructions.

3. Moisturize

All skin types, even oily skin, benefit from a moisturizer. Moisturizers help balance the skin’s natural moisture levels and give a healthy, refreshed appearance. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily or combination skin. A moisturizer with SPF is best for daytime, as it protects against sun damage. Use a night cream suited to your skin type, which offers deep moisture when you need it most. Day and night, an eye cream, designed specifically for the delicate skin around the eye area, should also be applied directly after moisturizing.

The Advanced Treatment Routine

All skin types need a basic routine. However, an advanced treatment routine is recommended for those with particular skin needs. If you have oily, dry skin or blemished skin you may benefit from advanced treatment. Advanced treatments can also help prevent signs of aging like fine lines, dullness, and deeper wrinkles. Products for a more advanced skin care treatment, in addition to the three basic steps, include:

Toner

Toner is designed to prime your skin for further treatment. After cleansing, toner helps soften and calm the skin, eliminating any remaining residue and priming it for further steps. Unlike a cleanser, toner remains on the skin – there’s no need to wash it off.

Those with particular concerns, such as acne control or age prevention, can look for toners that help treat or prevent acne and wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin or wrinkles, look for a toner that is alcohol-free to prevent irritation and over-drying.

Serums

After exfoliating, and before applying moisturizer, use treatment products that target your specific skin concern, such as an acne cream or an anti-aging serum. If you have more than one specific skin concern, you’ll benefit from layering the products to maximize their efficacy. Lighter products, like serums, go on first. Heavier creams and ointments go on last, just before the moisturizer.

Masks

Facial masks provide an additional therapeutic boost to help treat any skincare woes. Masks are designed to target everything from acne to dry skin to dark spots, depending on the ingredients they contain. Unlike serums and creams, masks rest on the skin for a short period of time to deep clean the skin and improve texture. Typically, they are in a cream or gel form, and gradually dry and tighten the skin as they draw out impurities and add moisture to the skin.

Tissue Masks

Tissue masks are fabric cloths that are designed to give your face a more intensive treatment, during a short period of time. Depending on the mask, they can be used once a week or nightly, read the instructions for application details. Each tissue mask contains a heavy dose of serums and the application via the mask on your face creates an occlusive environment for the ingredients to penetrate. Tissue masks are usually recommended as part of a nighttime skincare regimen, followed by a night moisturizer.

Cleansing Waters

Cleansing waters remove dirt, oil and makeup like a cleanser. They are different from typical cleansers because they do not need to be rinsed off. Cleansing waters are a favorite for people with a busy schedule because they are easy to use and require only one step to remove makeup and clean the skin before treatments and moisturizers. They work well for all skin types, including acne-prone skin, dry skin and sensitive skin.

Dark Spot Treatments

If you have dark spots, treatments are available in the form of serums, masks, and creams that help to lessen the appearance of dark spots over time. Depending on the application, dark spot treatments can be used as part of your nightly skincare routine, or as a once-a-week mask treatment.