This type of skin maintains a healthy balance. With combination skin, you can have two kinds of skin at the same time. Your cheeks can be neither dry nor oily, but your T-zone – the ‘T’ formed by your forehead, nose and chin – can be a little oily. Often the pores around your nose are larger than those on the rest of your face. With sun exposure, you’ll probably burn the first time but the burn will turn to tan quickly. You’ll break out occasionally but your skin will behave well under non-stressful conditions. As you age, fine lines will appear around your eyes, forehead and lips.
Normal/Combination skin will benefit from a good beauty cleansing regimen and usually performs well when left to itself. If you’re lucky enough to have this kind of skin, flaunt it! Try the beauty tips for make-up magic, experiment with new products – your skin can handle just about anything you throw at it!
Skin Care: Beauty Tips for Dry Skin Care
This type of skin is dull, feels tight after washing, and flakes, scales and chaps easily. It is more likely to react adversely to harsh chemicals and will tend to make wrinkles look more prominent – although it won’t actually cause wrinkles. Most skins tend to get drier as they get older.
Dry skin should be especially well protected in summer, as more moisture is lost from the skin when the weather is hot and humidity is low. A good moisturizer is also important in the winter when central heating can have the same effect. As a general rule, the lower the humidity, the heavier your moisturizer should be.
Skin Care: Beauty Tips for Oily Skin Care
This type of skin feels relaxed and supple, but looks shiny and is much more prone to outbreaks of spots. This is because of a heightened production of sebum by the sebaceous glands – too much sebum can cause a blockage in the duct, leading to inflammation and pimples. Sebaceous glands are unevenly distributed, being more concentrated around the scalp, on the forehead, along the nose, and on the chin, and scarcer on the cheeks and neck, and around the eyes. As a result, most skins tend to be oily only in patches.
Oily skin may or may not lead to acne, but it is important to distinguish between oil on the surface of the skin, where it is meant to be and can easily be removed with careful cleansing, and oil trapped within the sebaceous duct, which can be helped by regular exfoliation. If you can control excessive oiliness, your skin will reward you – a light sheen of oil is the essence of that youthful glow!
There are two types of skin that fall into the sensitive skin category. One is susceptible to break outs, and the other is easily irritated. The irritations come from overusing products or using products that are too harsh – especially cleansers. If you’ve found that your skin is reacting to some skin products and showing signs of irritation or redness, you probably have sensitive skin. We all have skin that is somewhat sensitive, however hypersensitive skin, which usually goes with blonde or red-haired people, reacts to irritants by turning blotchy or developing spots and rashes. This type of skin rarely tans but only burns or freckles.
Cleanse with gentle, water-soluble lotions and tepid water. Avoid hot water and washcloths. Moisturizer is essential to protect sensitive skin – and it should be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Avoid products that contain a lot of stabilizers – chemicals that add to the shelf life of a product wreak havoc with hypersensitive skin.
Skin Care: Beauty Tips for Mature Skin Care
Dry, thin and sagging skin is among the most common complaints of women who have gone through menopause. Lower estrogen levels are the cause, and the result is that your skin’s normal function slows down. Because your skin does not work as fast to shed dead cells and build new skin, you lose radiance. If you have not taken good care of your skin in the past or spent years in the sun, your skin will look rough and weathered.
If that weren’t enough, the rate of cell division and replacement falls off by 50% between the ages of 35 and 80, increasing the tendency for the old cells on the surface of the skin to cling there for a bit longer. All this leads to sagging, wrinkling, loss of skin tone and uneven pigmentation. The degree of wrinkling depends on your genetic makeup, but smoking, dry skin and sun exposure (especially sunburns) make it worse. Dynamic motion – making facial expressions – also causes permanent creases over time.
Treating skin well is now more important than ever, you need to super-hydrate the skin with rich creams, following exfoliation. You can give yourself an at-home monthly facial by using an alpha-hydroxy mask, followed by a thick moisturizer. Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs) dissolve the “glue” that binds dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. When these cells build up, the skin looks gray and dull; when you remove this buildup, your skin will not only look more radiant, it will be able to absorb moisturizers better. Also, look for products that contain either glycolic or lactic acids to help soften the overall appearance of your complexion – and use a sunscreen of SPF15 or higher whenever you go outside.