Simple Skin Care Tips for Various Types of Skins.

It is essential to know your skin for choosing the right skin-care routine. An easy way to discover what type of skin you have, is to wipe your face with a dry tissue early in the morning soon after you leave your bed. If there is oil on it. you have a greasy skin. If you have grease only in the centre panel, then you have a combina­tion skin. If there is no grease on the tissue at all, you have either a dry or a normal skin. To check a dry skin, wash your face with soap and water. If your skin is left feeling stretched or too tight, shiny and parched, it is dry. If the skin feels smooth, supple and elastic, it is normal. Normal­ly your skin will fall into one of these categories.

Normal Skin:
A healthy, normal skin is unblemished, velvety, smooth and supple, with no enlarged pores or flaky dead cells. There may be occasional pimples just before menstruation when increased hormonal activity causes the sebaceous glands to be overactive, but acne is certainly not a prob­lem for people with normal skin. In the morning cleanse your skin with plain water, soap and water, face-washing grains or rose water. In the evening remove all your stale make-up with cleansing cream, then apply a mild skin tonic. Always use a moisturizer in the day under your make-up.

Dry Skin:
Dry skin is flaky and dull looking, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes~ Even in the teens fine lines may appear on the cheeks, under the eyes and at the corners of the mouth. Dry skin has a tendency for broken veins, flakiness, dry patches, reddened and sore skin in cold weather. A dry skin needs a lot of care. The oil glands are not supplying enough lubrication to the skin and the skin becomes dehydrated.

If your skin is really dry, adopt suitable measures. If neglected, it turns into wrinkles and lines. Cleansing should be done with a cream, followed by a very mild tonic like rose water or a herbal infusion to remove the remaining traces of oil and to have the skin feeling fresh. Wash the dry skin with water and scrub. If you are afraid it will overdry your skin, use enough of moisturizer afterwards. Try washing with milk. Instead of soap, you can also use oatmeal or almond meal. Lubricating and feeding are -essential for this type of skin. Never go out without a moisturizer at night. If your skin is feeling particularly dry, restore it with a rich nourishing cream, then blot off the excess cream after about twenty minutes. The skin will have absorbed all the cream it can in ten minutes and the excess will only block the pores of your skin.

Greasy Skin:
A greasy skin looks shiny, thick, and dull colored. The sebaceous glands produce more oil than is needed, thus making the face greasy and enlarging the pores. It often has blackheads and is prone to acne. Greasy skin requires more cleansing than other skins. Grease tends to pick up dirt and grime which clog the pores and produce black­heads. Wash the face in the morning, at mid-day and in the night before going to sleep, with soap and water. In the evening remove all traces of make-up with a cleansing -cream. Use a mild skin tonic. The toning will improve the -circulation and the texture of the skin. Moisturizing a greasy skin is not essential, but you may use a non-greasy moisturizer only in the day.

Combination Skin:
Treat this kind of skin as two individual skins. This skin usually has dry cheeks and a greasy centre panel. Cleanse the centre panel with an astringent or strong skin tonic and the cheeks should be treated as you would treat dry skin.

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