Have you taken a trip down the skin care aisle recently? If so, you know you firsthand a gal could spend a small fortune on beautifully packaged creams, oils and treatments. Skin scientists develop hundreds of goodies every year to treat a plethora of conditions. Before you load up on your favorite brands or sign up for experimental case studies, get acquainted with the organ you love the most–your skin. Getting to know your skin and its unique needs is important to keeping it healthy and comfortable.
So how do you know what products your skin needs? It all starts with knowing your skin type. Did you know that your skin type changes several times during your lifetime? Lots of us start with normal skin, and then as puberty arrives we get oilier. Later in life, many factors like sunbathing, childbearing and hormonal shifts can leave us feeling dry. Some women even experience adult acne and rosacea. Skin care needs are personal and different for everyone. Because of this, we need to have a personal approach to purchasing skin care products.
What’s Your Current Skin Type
Get to know your skin by knowing your current skin type. Follow these steps to properly identify what type you have.
1. Wash your face with your regular cleanser. Pat your skin dry. Skip the moisturizer.
2. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes then examine your skin under bright light. If possible, use a magnifying mirror to see the tiny details in your skin.
If your skin feels dry all over especially around the mouth, nose and eyes then you have dry skin. You should be using cream based cleansers that contain a light exfoliant. Citrus-based cleansers are too drying and probably not right for you.
If your skin feels dry in some places yet oily in others, you probably have combination skin. Most often, the oiliness is located in the “T-zone.” This is the forehead and nose area but oiliness doesn’t have to be exclusively in these areas for combination skin. A citrus-based cleanser would be good for you but you’ll have to test it to see.
If your skin feels oily to the touch and oil sheen is visible on your skin then you have oily skin. For further verification, a good test is to blot your skin with white tissue paper. If the paper you use sticks to your skin, then your skin is oily. Oily skin needs a gel based or clear cleanser that has a minimal amount of exfoliants.
Know Your Skin Language
Your life is an open book, just take a look at your face if you don’t believe us. When you haven’t been sleeping or feel under the weather your face shows it. In order to sooth your skin and keep yourself healthy know your skin language. Here are some warnings that the skin sends that essentially mean, “Help!”
Dark circles: Not enough sleep, a vitamin deficiency or an underlying health issue may be to blame. If dark circles under the eyes won’t go away after a good night’s rest visit your doctor.
Uneven pigmentation: Or another way of putting it is age spots! When spots show up it means “I need sun protection.” Once they pop up these spots don’t easily leave so being proactive is best.
Sallow-looking: If your skin looks yellow or sickly you may actually need some vitamin D. Anemia is another cause of sallow-looking skin. Visit your doctor if your skin and eyes begin to yellow.
Dry patches: Small dry patches on your face and body can be an indication you need some hydration. Drink lots of water, especially after enjoy caffeinated drinks. Water makes you feel and look beautiful.