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And Skin Care:
really important for you to be able to identify your skin type.This
is to enable you to look after your skin correctly.Also the
selection of your cosmetics is, to a considerable extent, influenced
by your skin type.Although no two skins are exactly similar most
have characteristics which enable them to be grouped into one of the
following types:Dry skin, Normal skin, Combination skin and Oily
To determine your skin type, wash your face with a mild
face wash.Then, after 30 minutes, press a clean tissue against your
forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.If the tissue shows no trace of oil,
then you have dry skin.Dry skin looks rough and is prone to
premature fine lines and wrinkles.If your skin is oily in some parts
but dry in others, then you have combination skin.Normal skin
usually looks smooth and is not prone to break outs.Oily skin feels
oily to touch and tends to shine.Oily skin is also prone to
blackheads and pimples.A sensitive skin needs special care, as it
may be sensitive to some ingredients found in popular
cosmetics.Those with sensitive skin should always use beauty aids
that are hypoallergenic to protect their skin from allergic
reactions.A regular skin care programme, adapted to the needs of
your particular skin type, goes a long way in keeping your skin
radiant and problem free.
- Dry Skin:Dry skin needs extra care, as it is prone to fine lines and
wrinkles.This is especially true during the winter months when it
feels even drier and may feel too taut or may even flake.A few
measures help alleviate dryness and keep your skin supple and, at
the same time, guard against premature aging.
wash your face with a mild, soap-free face wash.Never use soap, as
that would further strip your skin of natural
2.Always use a moisturiser during the day.Use
upward,circular motion to lightly massage the moisturiser into your
face.Make sure not to pull or tug your skin.
consider using a night cream before going to bed at night.It is
advisable to use a cream that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids(or AHA's,
as they're commonly known).AHA's are derived from sources such as
milk, fruit and sugar-cane.These acids gently exfoliate the dry,
dead, outermost layers of skin while they moisturise the newly
revealed layers.They greatly benefit complexions that look dull, dry
or flaky and they give your skin a beautiful glow.
AHA and Vitamin C help reduce fine lines and other signs of
aging.Thus, you may get good results quickly by using a moisturiser
or cream that contains Vitamin C during the day and an AHA-based
night cream.Most known brands have moisturisers
and creams that contain these.
5.If you have dry skin
that tends to flake off, looks red and has some itchy patches that
scab, consult your doctor to rule out eczema.Eczema, also known as
atopic dermititis, is generally considered to be a hereditary
condition that can occur throughout the year.Other causes of eczema
can be fabrics such as wool, some skin-care products or detergents
etc.Your doctor may prescribe a cream to soothe the redness and
irritation.Non-irriating fabrics such as cotton also help avoid
6.Many people suffer from weather-related dry
skin. If the weather in the winter months is normally drier and this
tends to dehydrate your skin, regular use of moisturiser will keep
your skin hydrated and supple.
For Dry Skin
|1. Add 1/2
tsp of rose water to 1 tsp of honey and gently apply to the
face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes, then wash off with
tepid water. Honey moisturises and soothes dry skin, and is
gentle enough for daily use.
|2. Massaging you face regularly with almond oil or olive oil
works wonders for dry skin.
|3. Take 1/4
of an apple. Peel off the skin and grate. Cool in the
refrigerator. Apply it on the skin and leave it on for 15
minutes. Wash off with cool water. Apple helps soothe dry skin
and gives it a pleasant glow.
|4. Take 1
tbsp of cream. Stir lightly till it becomes a smooth paste.
Apply to face and neck before bath. Cream helps remove suntan
and makes your skin silky and
SkinNomal skin is usually
trouble-free and needs simple care to keep it healthy and
glowing.Normal skin also tolerates most popular lotions and creams
as well.A regular skin-care program combined with a balanced,
healthy diet helps keep normal skin stay supple and
young.Regular care for normal skin should include a few simple
1.Cleansing, toning, and moisturising daily keeps
normal skin in great shape for a long time.It is advisable to use
natural products on your skin.
2.It's easy to take
trouble-free skin for granted.But, if neglected, it will begin to
develop fine lines and wrinkles.So always remember to nourish and
moisturise your skin.
3.Creams and lotions that contain
vitamin A, C and E help improve the texture of your skin, making it
smoother and softer.Moreover, these vitamins counter the effects of
4.Even if your skin is normal, you still
have to give it regular care.Your skin, like any other skin type, is
constantly assaulted by free radicals.Free radicles are molecules
formed in the skin when it is exposed to the environment, pollution,
For Normal Skin
|- Mash 1/4
of a ripe banana.Apply on the face, taking care to avoid the
areas under the eye.Leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash off
with cool water.Banana is excellent to do away with dead skin
that makes your skin look lifeless.Regular use of banana gives
your skin a fresh, healthy
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