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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Metamorphosis: What's Your Skin Type?

Before you buy any cosmetics or skin care products, you need to identify your skin type. Beauty product manufacturers now carry different ranges of products tailored to the needs of different skin types, so you need to be aware which products would benefit your skin the most.

There are 5 basic types of skin: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive.

~Normal Skin~
Normal skin has regular sized pores with a healthy amount of natural skin oils. Such skin is the easiest to maintain and the widest range of products available. People with normal skin do not usually suffer recurring issues such as acne or skin discolouration. Sure, there's the occasional pimple breakout, but these are problems that occur now and then. You know you have normal skin if you press a white tissue paper to your skin 10 minutes after it has been washed and the tissue shows an even coat of just a little oil.

~Oily Skin~
Oily skin secretes more oil than the skin needs. People with oily skin often have large pores, and when dirt gets into the pores and mixes with the excess oil, this results in acne and large blackheads. Oily skin therefore needs a care regimen that focuses on reducing or controlling oil production coupled together with reducing the size of the pores. You know you have oily skin if you see oily residue on white tissue paper after being blotted on your clean face.

~Dry Skin~
Dry skin is characterised by small pores and very little oil. Very often, dry skin will flake off if it has not been properly moisturised. People with dry skin will experience problems with bumps and irritation of the skin, and these people will often also fall into the sensitive skin category. Dry skin needs to be exfoliated regularly to remove the dead and flaking skin, coupled together with a good moisturiser that will trap moisture and protext the new layer of skin. You know your skin is dry when you press a white tissue paper to your skin 10 minutes after it has been washed and the tissue is completely dry with no signs of oil.

~Combination Skin (this is what i have!)~
Combination skin is not technically a skin type on its own but rather as the name suggests, a mix of two different skin types on the face. Combination is usually characterised as being only only in certain places like the nose and forehead (the T-zone) and dry in others like the cheeks and chin. It is also possible to be oily on the T-zone while having normal skin on other areas of the face. Combination skin can be complicated to look after as you have to deal with two different skin types and choosing the correct range of products is essential. Combination skin requires a cleansing and moisturizing routine that will not inflame oily or dry skin because the skin can be a “combination” of both. You know you have combination skin if when you press a white tissue paper to your skin 10 minutes after it has been washed it shows oily residue in certain places and no residue in others.

~Sensitive Skin~
Again, sensitive skin is not technically a skin type on its own. You can have any of the skin types mentioned above and fall into the sensitive skin category as well. It's just skin that needs to be treated in a very special manner. Sensitive skin can be affected by a number of factors; temperature, chemicals, and even plucking eye brows or getting your upper lip waxed can severely irritate sensitive skin. If your skin often reacts to temperature changes, new makeup or lotion, fabric or routine maintenance you probably have sensitive skin. Products for sensitive skin are often formulated with mild ingredients from natural sources to minimize irritation.

Now that you can identify your skin type, look out for my articles in the next few days on how to take care of your skin type with a proper skin care regime.


Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you posted this. It's very important to know what your skin type is, cause otherwise nsome things that work well on others, will wreck havoc on your own skin.
Anyway. I got my 3rd EDM! I thought I put in an order for Wakeup Call, but it looks like in my craze of adding and deleting, trying to make my perfect first kit, I deleted and bought two Winged Butter instead! So now I will have to survive on the New Car Smell, samples that I have, until I need some more things from EDM.
I read your other post on selling stuff. I can totally relate. I get so caught up in buying things that attract me, that I forget to double check if I have them :P

farrah said...

hi rasilla, so good to hear from you again! gratz on ur 3rd haul i'm eagerly awaiting mine due to arrive sometime this week :) so sorry about your not getting your Wakeup Call, it's a gorgeous colour. but that just gives you good reason to anticipate haul no4 in the near future! as for selling stuff, the bad thing about me having raved to all my friends about it is that they went ahead and ordered too many things too! so no takers yet. lucky that i tend to overestimate my credit card bills so my bank account will survive :)

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