Pamper Your Skin! Know Your Skin Type

We’ve talked a lot so far about hair and makeup tips to help you look your most beautiful but until now, we haven’t really talked much about how you can work on staying beautiful. Every woman ages and unless you want to sink a bunch of money into cosmetic surgery, the aging process is going to effect how you look. Proper skin care is a great way to reduce the signs of aging and slow down the aging process but it isn’t always easy to know what you should be doing for your skin. The aim of this article is to make that a little bit easier for you.

Identify your skin type.

When we’re born, most of us will have normal skin but that skin type will change as we grow older. Your environment, what you eat, what you drink and various other factors will all influence what skin type you have. If you want to properly care for your skin, you need to know what type of skin you have. There are three different skin types and all three need to be cared for differently.

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Identifying and Caring for Dry Skin: The first skin type we’ll discuss is dry skin. Look at the pores in your skin. If you have small pores, you have dry skin. The texture of your skin is also very fine. Figuring out whether or not you have dry skin is fairly easy and lucky for you, taking care of it is easy too.

If you have dry skin, there are a few things you’ll need to avoid. Harsh winds or extreme weather of any kind will dry your skin further and for that reason, you should try to avoid it. Of course, you can’t control the weather and you can’t just stay inside all the time, so coming up with a good daily care routine is important.

Start off my kicking soap out of your morning routine. Soap can irritate dry skin and, like extreme weather, can further dry out your skin. While some women with this skin type like to buy soaps or lotions formulated specifically for dry skin, those products really aren’t necessary. In the morning, rinse your face off with a little bit of water. Water will clean up dry skin just as well as an expensive dry skin product.

While it’s generally considered a good idea for women with dry skin to avoid using toners, there are some women who can’t get by without a toner. Consider switching from an alcohol based toner product to something a little more natural. Witch hazel is the absolute best toner you can use on dry skin. It does everything an alcohol based product would do but it doesn’t damage your delicate skin. Once you’re done, apply a decent moisturizing product. Look for something rich. Looking for a good product doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money but if you really want to do right by your skin and can afford it, spend a little extra for a great product.

A mild cold cream can be the best friend of a dry skinned lady. While you can just use water in the morning to wash away excess oils on your skin in the morning, you really want to use something with a little more oomph at night. Use a mild cold cream to wash your face and remove any makeup you’ve worn during the day before you turn in at night. This will help get rid of any dirt or grime accumulated over the course of the day but it also won’t dry out your skin, giving it a serious edge over traditional soap. You could be able to find an affordable cold cream option at your local drug store or department store.

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Identifying and Caring for Oily Skin: With dry skin out of the way, it’s time to talk about the opposite end of the skin spectrum – oily skin. To determine if you have oily skin, we’re going to once again look at the pores. Women with oily skin will have large, very visible pores. You’ll also be able to notice the oil on your skin, especially around your nose, your forehead and your chin. Like with dry skin, determining you have oily skin and treating your skin appropriately is pretty easy.

One of the biggest problems with oily skin is that women with oily skin are prone to blackheads and other types of skin blemishes. A lot of women attempt to treat these problems using aggressive treatment products and that would make sense if it were not for the fact that aggressive treatment products make oily skin worse. These products also happen to be fairly expensive in most cases. Save your skin some trouble and save yourself some money and wash your face with a little powdered milk and water. Powdered milk contains lactic acid which offers two benefits for your oily skin. First, the acid acts as a gentle but effective cleanser. Second, the acid exfoliates your skin and gets rid of any built up dirt, grime and oil.

When we talked about dry skin, we mentioned witch hazel is the best toner for dry skin and that toner products, especially alcohol based toners, should be avoided. The same is try with oily skin with one key difference. Women with oily skin aren’t going to be using witch hazel as a toner but as instead going to be using lemon. Lemon helps to restore the pH balance in oily skin and keeps it looking and feeling healthier.

So you have oily skin. That obviously means you shouldn’t use moisturizer right? Wrong! Moisturizer is an important part of skin care for every skin type. Women with oily skin should seek out an oil-free moisturizer though. Oil of Olay has some great, fairly inexpensive options for every skin type. Apply your moisturizer after you’ve washed and toned your skin. You’re also going to want to make sure you have enough moisture under your eyes but instead of using eye cream, invest in a decent eye gel. Again, a high quality gel doesn’t have to break the bank. Shop around for inexpensive options and see what works best for you.

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Identifying and Caring for Combination Skin: Combination skin can be tricky for women who don’t really know how to care for it. Women with combination skin have oily skin on some parts of their face (usually on the nose, forehead and chin) and dry skin on the rest of their face. You can tell if you have combination skin by looking at the pores on different parts of your face to see if the pores on your t-zone (the forehead, nose and chin) are bigger than the pores on your cheeks. The good news is that caring for combination skin isn’t much more difficult than caring for oily or dry skin once you know what you’re doing.

Just like women with oily skin all over their face, women with combination skin are prone to blackheads and other skin blemishes on their t-zone or other oily parts of their face. Again, it’s important not to try to treat these problems with aggressive products because those aggressive products are only going to make things worse. Instead, you’re going to use powdered milk mixed with water to wash your face and exfoliate your skin and then apply lemon as a toner to your t-zone (or the oily parts of your face). Finish up by using a little witch hazel and a nice, rich moisturizer to the dry skin on your face. This gives your face the balanced care it needs.

Next week, I’m going to continue our little discussion on proper skin care by diving into acne prevention and treatment. Make sure you don’t miss that one. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to pamper that skin!

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