Skin Care For Different Skin Types: Know Your Skin And Treat It Accordingly

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Skin Care For Different Skin Types: Know Your Skin And Treat It Accordingly

What constitutes the ideal skincare routine for your skin? Once you know the kind of skin you possess, it becomes easier to develop a regimen that makes the skin more supple and fresh.

Skin care for different skin types: Know your skin and treat it accordingly

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At the cost of stating the obvious, hair and skin - like the rest of our body’s vital organs, require nutrition to function properly. Since different people choose different diets, it is possible that the nutrition that our body needs for hair and skin may be missed. For instance, meat eaters may be consuming more proteins (which is great for hair) as compared to vegans and the latter may have to compensate for the lack from other food sources like soy, for having a glossier mane. In the end, it boils down to this: eating nutritious food will reflect on the overall health of your body. 

Here we discuss the types of skin - which can range from dry to oily to a combination of both, and the reasons that constitute the same. Thus, understanding your specific skin type is crucial for effective skincare. So recognise your skin type and then follow a simple DIY routine to rejuvenate your skin once more.

Oily Skin

The primary reason for oily skin is excessive sebum production. Larger pores create more sebum. This type of skin typically is sweaty, feels greasy most of the time and is vulnerable to problems such as blackheads and acne. Hormonal imbalances during puberty or pregnancy may result in oily skin. The time of year and your geographic region both influence how oily your skin is. If you live in a hot, humid region, you’re more likely to experience oily skin. What you think is making your skin shine may actually be damaging its health. Exfoliating too frequently or too vigorously also causes increase in sebum production. Using harsh chemicals that aren’t appropriate may also cause excess oil. 

Taking Care of Oily Skin

  • Avoiding a moisturiser if you have oily skin is not the answer, since skin needs to remain hydrated in order to be healthy. Also, moisturising prevents excess sebum production. Choose a thin, water based gel moisturiser. Serums and gel creams are also recommended for oily skin types. 

  • Drink more water to keep your skin soft and hydrated. This prevents the skin from creating excessive oil.

  • To keep pore-clogging debris and bacteria at bay, wash your face twice a day. Avoid excessive washing. Your skin requires certain oils, which might get removed by over-cleaning, leaving it oilier and more sensitive.

  • Go for non-comedogenic cosmetics which do not clog your pores and allow the skin to breathe.  

Dry Skin

Typically, dry skin appears flakier and dehydrated. While it is less prone to problems such as pimples, it exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin can be identified very easily. Wash your face with a mild face wash and wait about half an hour. If the face looks shiny even after 30 minutes, it’s likely to be oily. If however, it feels flaky and scaly and could use a good dab of moisturiser, the skin type is dry. 

Caring for your Dry Skin

  • Wash your face twice daily with lukewarm water, using gentle and mild cleansers - preferably non-soap based. These are usually chemically prepared so be careful about using in excess.  

  • Make moisturisers your best pals. 

  • Remember to drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated at all times.

Normal Skin 

This type of skin is neither too oily, nor too dry. It essentially means it has good blood flow and produces sebum in a regulated manner. That doesn't mean, however, that you should indulge in a nightly feast of high-carb foods and your favourite sweets. It only means that you don't need to indulge in an elaborate skincare regimen if you have normal skin. Maintaining good health, staying hydrated and adhering to a simple skincare routine, however, should be your top priorities.

Taking Care of Normal Skin

  • Regular moisturising will keep your skin hydrated and stop it from producing excess sebum. Go for creams as they help in hydrating the skin and are lighter. 

  • Consume adequate amounts of liquids to keep your skin moisturised. This can stop your skin from creating excess oil. 

  • Wash your face twice a day. Do not overwash. Certain oils that your skin requires get removed  because of overwashing. As a result, your skin can become more oil-prone and sensitive.

  • Makeup Regime: Avoid applying products and substances that are heavy and chemically rich. To prevent pore clogging, look for non-comedogenic cosmetic products. Avoid scrubbing. Before going to bed, make sure you remove all of your makeup.

Combination Skin 

Dry skin and oily skin combined create combination skin. This skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, and requires protection. Patches of the skin may be oilier than the other parts. For instance, the bridge and the areas around the nose may have excess oil while the rest of the face feels dry in comparison, which also explains the presence of more blackheads on the nose, in some cases. Various factors can cause this skin type - including climatic conditions, genetic history and daily use products.

Caring for Combination Skin

  • Since your combination skin is oily and dry in parts, apply water–based gel moisturisers for the skin. 

  • Wrinkles may appear earlier around the eyes and forehead, sooner than they would on other skin types - so apply skin firming creams at night to allow the skin to remain hydrated. 

  • Vitamin C based serums are also good for combination skins since they prevent oxidation which causes blackheads and at the same time allow for the skin to remain hydrated.  

  • Using sunscreens is the best way to protect your skin from UV damage. 

For our skin to function optimally and have the finest appearance, it is essential to recognise its needs and take appropriate steps. As one grows up, needs for the body and skin may vary. Knowing your skin is essential for choosing the right products and for addressing issues like acne and dark spots. Develop a routine that is appropriate for your skin. If you are unsure about the products and how they will affect your skin, consult a dermatologist.

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