Natural Beauty Care Guide

Natural Skin Care

Skin Types

Basically there are there types of skin textures: normal, oily and dry. Two other skin types are combination and sensitive skin.

Normal Skin
Normal skin

This type of skin is neither too oily, nor too dry. It is not oversensitive to wind, harsh sun­light, or cold. It does not have open pores, lines or acne. It has a smooth texture. It poses little prob­lems unless it has been neglected or abused.

Oily Skin
Oily skin

Generally people develop an oily skin in their teens. Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands leads to an oily skin. People who have an oily skin should avoid oily food, starches and sugar. They need a rigid skin care regime and should remove every trace of make-up every night before going to bed. While bathing, mild exfoliates should be used.

Dry Skin
Dry Skin

Normally associated with ageing, some people have a naturally dry skin. In this case too, the right nourishment can work wonders. Along with this you need to have a moisturising routine.

COMBINATION SKIN:

A combination of dry and oily types is known as combination skin or T-zone(to indicate the "T" of your forehead and nose where combination skin tends to be oilier.

SENSITIVE SKIN:

Sensitive skin usually describe any skin types which responds especially quickly and adversely to sudden changes of temperature or humidity and bruises very easily;it is also allergic to many cosmetic products.

Thus we see that all types of skin require care. The bath time is best for an overall skin caring rou­tine. Bath time should not be a mere spartan exercise of cleansing the body. It should also be a time to revitalize your body and skin. True, in today's rush and run lifestyle, a morning bath can at most be a quick cleansing routine that 'wakes' you up for the day ahead. However, you could devote some extra time at night before going to bed when you bathe again. Also, a weekly, leisurely, rejuvenating bath should become a routine. This is when you could attend to your skin, and deal with any problem.

Tiny body pimples caused by over secretion of the sebaceous glands are a result of poor circula­tion. Use a loofah or coarse mitt to scrub these away and renew your skin. A pumice stone should be used for your heels and other rough areas like elbows and knees. Normal wrinkling of the skin can be attended to while bathing. Rub some moisturizing cream or lotion before the bath. Massage well, and then wash away.

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How to identify you Skin Type

THE TISSUE TEST

Wash your face with a neutral (not made for a particular skin type) soap or cleanser (such as Neutrogena for normal skin).Rinse with water. Pat try with a towel just enough to absorb moisture do not rub. Wait one hour, and then blot your entire face with one ply (or layer) of a large facial tissue. Press lightly all over your face and leave for about one minute. Then remove the paper carefully and examine it near a window or a light. What do you see?

  • If you see oil throughout the tissue, you most likely have oily skin.
  • If you see oil only in the T-zone (across forehead, down nose and chin), you most likely have combination skin.
  • If you see very little oil throughout, you most likely have normal skin.
  • If you see no sign of oil at all, you most likely have dry skin.
  • If your skin feels irritated or slightly itchy, you most likely have sensitive skin.

You’ll need to perform this test several times a year-during spring, summer and winter-because your skin changes with the seasons.

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