Nature has endowed each being with protection cover, the skin, which saves the human body from changing environment & is crucial for our survival & maintaining healthy body. The skin acts as shield of the body and takes all the negativity on itself. Skin has to go through with so many things that it loses its softness, shine and texture with time. The condition of skin does not remain the same throughout the life. It may become dry, oily, dehydrated or sensitive among other conditions. This may be affected with age, health conditions or lifestyle. To maintain healthy skin you will have to protect, care and heal the skin.
Skin care requires a proper and regular effort. A good skincare routine for all types always starts from within as skin reflect your health condition. Skin regularly cleaned and nourished helps in getting rid of various skin problems. The harsh sun rays and pollution take away the freshness of skin. With proper care, not only the natural texture and complexion of the skin can be retained, you can also achieve ever young, glowing skin, free from acne, scars, sunburns, dark under eye-circles and wrinkles.
Before starting care of skin you should know the type of your skin. There are five types of skin:
1. Normal skin
2. Dry skin
3. Oily skin
4. Combination skin
5. Sensitive skin
How to indentify your skin type
Wash your face with mild soap or any cleanser and rinse with normal water. Wipe and dry your face with towel, do not rub your face. After an hour cover your face with single ply tissue paper and press lightly. Leave the tissue for about one minute. Then remove the paper carefully and examine it in bright light.
If you do not find sign of oil, most likely you have dry skin.
If you find little oil throughout tissue paper, your type of skin is normal.
If you see oil throughout tissue paper, you most likely have oily skin.
If you see oil across the forehead, chin and nose (in T-zone area); you most likely have combination skin.
If you feel irritation, itching, you most likely have sensitive skin.
You should do tissue test after every few months i.e. in summer, spring, winter and rainy season, as your skin changes with season.
To make your task easy we hereby explain the main attributes of each skin type. This will further help you to understand the degree and kind of care your skin requires.
Normal skin: The normal skin type is clear and smooth and is the least problematic one. This type of skin is reflection of ones good health. The possessor of such skin is blessed and seldom experiences skin issues like acne. Read more
Dry skin: Skin becomes dry when Sebaceous glands under your skin becomes less active and it is normally due to hereditary.This skin type, unlike normal skin, lacks moisture and suppleness and tends to age faster than oily skin. It witnesses fine lines, wrinkles and flake. Extreme hot or cold conditions aggravate the skin issues in dry skin.A normal face wash makes the skin dry and rough. Not to worry, a simple regime can make the skin soft and even. Read more
Oily skin: Skin becomes oily due to over activity of sebaceous glands beneath yuor skin. Like dry skin oily skin can also be due to hereditary reasons. The owner of oily skin feels the skin greasy and problematic. The oil glands under the skin are overly active causing excess layer of oil on the skin. This results in clogging of pores and acne problem. A regular and precise care can make the skin problem free and beautiful. Read more
Combination skin: A combination skin is the mixed variations of oily and dry skin. This skin type itself has innumerable types. A person may feel some portions of skin are oilier than others. Normally the T-zone area such as forhead, nose and chin may be oily while the cheeks & other portion of face can be dry. Read more
Sensitive skin: A sensitive skin may be dry or oily. The most distinguishing part of sensitive skin is that it is highly reactive and delicate. It can be very itchy, rashly and allergic. It requires maximum care and specialized attention.
The obvious question which comes to ones mind is the system of skin care which one needs to follow for that youthful and radiant look. Secondly, there is an all time question of choice between natural care and cosmetic care.
Though both natural care and cosmetic care have established themselves as proven skin care methods, it needs to be understood that excessive care is harmful and equally dangerous is the wrong usage of methods for skin treatments. Read more
However there are some common tips applicable to all skin types which should be understood before moving on further.
Drinking water frequently flushes out all the unwanted waste from the body. It reflects on the skin also.
Generous use of fiber in meals is again good for body and skin. Keep stress at bay.
Pollution accelerates the ageing of skin. To reverse the effect additional precautions need to be taken.
1. Protect your skin from sun rays by using sunscreen lotion.
2. Take your beauty sleep of 8 hours to avoid dark circles and wrinkles.
3. Exercise energizes the body and enhances flexibility of the muscles.
4. Personal cleanliness is first step towards beautiful body and skin.