Our largest organ yet one we rarely give any thought to or know much about. Yet skin should be our most prized asset. Not only does it cover our bodies but also it is the canvas that we present to the world. Therefore we are all interested to some extent in how to keep it in the best state we can. However our skin’s needs change with age, health problems, smoking, stress, sun exposure, hormonal changes and even with the change of seasons.
Consequently, it is very important to understand our skin and identify our skin type in order to meet its changing needs. For some women this is easy, they are reasonably aware of their skin type; for other women it’s a complete mystery. What’s more, we don’t always fit neatly into the categories.
Because our skin is a living organism it is always changing and responding to either internal or external changes. Skin types are divided into five categories. These descriptions are a guide only and not set in stone. Just as everyone is unique so is your skin.
NORMAL SKIN: Has an even tone and smooth texture. Maklon Kosmetik The pores are generally not visible but occasional breakouts may be experienced as well as some blackheads. There are no flaky patches and no oily areas.
SENSITIVE SKIN: Has a delicate appearance and is commonly dry. Pores are invisible and red spots are common. Skin is easily irritated by water, detergents, cosmetics and even temperature changes, amongst other things. Exposure to these things can result in redness, a rash, itching, stinging, or burning.
Sensitive skin has a tendency to develop swollen or broken capillaries as well as allergies. It also sunburns easily.
DRY SKIN: Has a fine texture and is transparent looking. It feels tight and drawn without moisturizer and tends to have fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Dry skin is caused by a lack of natural moisturizers within our skin or by damage to the protective film that prevents moisture loss from within our skin.
This can be exaggerated by wind, sun, air-conditioning and the change of seasons, all of which cause the skin to feel taut, flake and chap.
OILY SKIN: Has an overproduction of oil which results in frequent spots, blemishes and blackheads. Pores are generally large and the skin’s texture is thicker and coarser then the other skin types. Skin tends to be shiny but can also dehydrate due to harsh cleansing.
COMBINATION SKIN: Almost everyone has, to some extent a combination of these skin types. The nose, chin, and center of the forehead all have more oil glands than the other parts of the face. These areas tend to be oilier and break out more frequently than other areas. Using this guide should make it easier for you to determine your skin type and in turn help choose your cosmetics.
But use this as a guide only.
I have dehydrated combination skin and every cosmetics salesperson I talk to tries to sell me gel cleansers for combination skin. Normally I like gel cleansers however sometimes I find these leave my skin too taught and dry. I have found a fantastic cream cleanser for dry skin which works extremely well for me without feeling greasy or oily.