Saturday, January 24, 2009

What Type of Skin Do YOU Have?

There are five basic types of skin: oily, combination, sensitive, dry, and sun-damaged. Depending on this, your skin requires different sorts of treatment; therefore, it is very important that you fully understand your skin’s requirements before simply picking up a skin care product from your average pharmacy or drug-store.

And while certain professionals will immediately judge the sort of skin you have at a mere glance, it isn’t necessary that you fork out an ample amount of cash for it. In fact, you, too, can figure out what sort of skin you have by this simple method:

Firstly, give your face a good wash, pat it dry after that, then take a few pieces of rice paper and gently press them on different spots on your face.

If you find that the paper does not stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is dry. If it only sticks to areas in your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin), you most likely have combination (or normal) skin.

Here are the 5 different skin types and their characteristics:

Type 1: Oily
Oily skin tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. People with oily skin are prone to blackheads, acne, as well as blemishes.

Type 2: Combination/Normal
This skin type has medium pores, a smooth and even texture, healthy color, may tend towards dryness on the cheeks while being oily in the t-zone.Basically, people with combination-skin do not have to bother with overuse of skin-care products, as their skin is relatively in good condition.

Type 3: Sensitive
Sensitive skin tends to be delicate, with very fine pores. It flushes easily, is frequently allergic, and is prone to rashes. Those with sensitive skin ought to consult their doctors before buying any skin-care product; for the wrong product may risk their health.

Type 4: Dry
Dry skin often feels tight, especially after cleansing. You have a tendency towards fine wrinkles and, with age, saggy skin. In women of color, skin may appear dull from dead skin buildup.

Type 5: Aging or Sun-damaged
This skin often feels tight with visible wrinkles, slack skin tone – especially around the cheeks and jaw line – with leathery texture.

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