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What’s My Skin Type?

Determining your type of skin can surely be gruesome task. Skin types can vary from being oily, dry, sensitive or even a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin. Remember, your skin type can also change over a period of time. There are various factors which cause different types of skin. One of them is the water content which has an effect on the comfort and elasticity of your skin. The oil (lipid) content also has an impact as is affects the softness of your skin. Last but not the least, your sensitivity levels determine your skin type.

You know you have a normal skin type if you do not face any severe sensitivity. Also, your pores are barely visible and there are no or few imperfections. You also have a radiant and glowing complexion. If your skin shows these characteristics, then congratulations. You have normal skin.

Dry skin type can produce almost invisible pores and red patches. Your skin shows a dull and rough complexion. Lines are more visible on your face and there is less elasticity. If your skin shows these signs, then make sure you pick up the right moisturizer which has moisturizing properties. You need a moisturizer more than anything else. Use a lotion, cream and serum as a product base for your cosmetics. Do not go in for gel-based or powder-based products as it will only make matters worse. Also, don’t scrub while bathing or drying. Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps. Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.

If you have an oily skin type, your pores will be enlarged. Your skin will either show a dull or shiny, thick complexion. Signs of lackheads, pimples, or other blemishes will be visible. A good thing, though, is that oily skin is not prone much to aging and wrinkling. Careful cleaning, minimizing of carbohydrate consumption, and avoiding rich creams can be helpful in improving the quality of oily  skin. To take care of your skin, wash with a cleanser formulated for oily skin before you go to bed. Exfoliate twice weekly with a gentle scrub and use oil-free moisturizers. If you suffer from breakouts, an astringent may help. When it comes to blush and bronzers, powdered blends work better than liquid ones and look for oil-free options for tinted moisturizers or foundations.

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. Sensitive skin is mainly due to the response of a particular skin care product, though there may be there factors. Typically, sensitive skin develops reddish and scaly areas, can be itchy and tingly, and is prone to breaking into spots. It is the most problematic and fragile type of skin, which needs a very special type of care. To get the right body products for this skin type too requires great research. Also, Look for mild products that contain no scents.

Lastly, if your skin is of a combination type, like that of most women, the tissue will have traces of oil coming from your nose and forehead, but will be clean in the areas that touched your cheeks. Combination skin has patches of both dry and oily skin, and it requires different types of care in relation to particular facial areas. To take care of your skin, you may need to treat the T-zone differently from your drier spots. If your T-zone tends to be oily, try an astringent on those areas only after you’ve washed your face. Make sure to exfoliate twice weekly to remove any dead skin cells and use a heavier facial moisturizer on your dry spots as need be.

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