Know Your Skin Type  Its That SimpleKnow Your Skin Type Its That Simple

What type of skin do you have? To have a perfect skin you have to treat each cell within perfectly. You need to know your skin type! You may think you know it already, but you need to remember, our skin changes with age, with seasons , with diet and even according to the time of the month.. So truly know your skin type, you have to reassess it regularly.

Is it dry?
Is it oily?
Is it combination skin?
Is it sensitive skin?
Is it maturing skin?
Is it stressed out skin?
Is it tiered skin?

In series of articles about skin types, you will be able to assess your skin type and take better care of your skin and hopefully have a healthy, glowing skin.

Dry skin.
What are the characteristics?
If you have dry skin, your face feels tight, never relaxed, dull and some times gray. It's flaky and has lots of tiny fine lines. Dry skin occurs when the protective barrier of oil in the lower level of skin starts to break down and water evaporates from skin. The problem with dry skin is that it will make you look older. Getting those moisture levels back up to normal is therefore priority.

Dry skin care:
To take care for dry skin means making sure the products that you use contain no drying ingredients like alcohol or soap. Choose creamy or milky cleansers that will add moisture and leave a fine protective film. If you have to use soap, choose glycerin based one.

You need to exfoliate. One of the reasons why dry skin looks dull is that its cell renewal is slow. Using a cleanser with alpa-hydroxy acids can help to exfoliate. Apply them every day for a week, then stop for 2-3 weeks. In between use facial scrub to remove dead skin cells.

Use the right moisturizer. Moisturizers use two types of ingredients to hydrate the skin:
- humectants, which attract moisture to the skin
-emollients, which help reinforce the protective barrier.

Choose product, which include both. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and lactic acid, which are humectants and lanolin, which is emollient.

Choosing moisturizers high in water will also help the skin look and feel hydrated.

Apply moisturizer twice daily.

Top five tips for dry skin:
Cleanse your skin once daily (only once) at the end of the day. This will remove dirt and grime and will prevent further drying. In the morning, use some moisturizer.

Exfoliation is essential for dry skin. When choosing facial scrub, avoid any made from seeds or salt - these can have sharp edges which may tear dry skin , increasing moisture loss.

Never expose your skin to really hot water. It dries out parched skin. Never dry your skin completely. One of the best way to hydrate your skin is just to pat it with the clean towel after washing, then apply moisturizer to seal the extra moisture.

Increase your intake of oily fish or take a supplement of essential fatty acids.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Cleanse your skin once daily (only once) at the end of the day. This will remove dirt and grime and will prevent further drying. In the morning, use some moisturizer.

Exfoliation is essential for dry skin. When choosing facial scrub, avoid any made from seeds or salt - these can have sharp edges which may tear dry skin , increasing moisture loss.

Never expose your skin to really hot water. It dries out parched skin. Never dry your skin completely. One of the best way to hydrate your skin is just to pat it with the clean towel after washing, then apply moisturizer to seal the extra moisture.

Increase your intake of oily fish or take a supplement of essential fatty acids.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Nora Kuch is an author of many skin care and beauty care articles and owes website:

  • http:www.beautyuno.com
  • Next article will deal with oily skin type.

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