Beautiful Skin Secrets For All Skin Types
Shahnaz HusainBeauty Icon, Chairperson & Managing Director of The Shahnaz Husain Group
4 min read
Knowing UR skin type not only builds the foundation of UR skin’s health, but also collectively participates in keeping UR skin radiant at all times! Knowing what UR individual skin type helps you steer clear of bad choices in skincare products and avoids unnecessary skin reactions. Here are a few tips on how you can understand and care for every skin type.
How You Can Determine UR Skin Type
You can start by wiping UR face with a tissue as soon as you wake up, before cleansing UR face. If the tissue is clean, then you have a normal to dry skin type. If the tissue becomes stained with grease, you have a normal to oily skin.
Combination skin type has a greasy area, (usually the forehead, nose and chin, comprising the T-zone), while cheeks are dry. Use different tissues for different areas, wiping the forehead, nose and chin with one tissue and using another one to clean the cheeks. Skin types fall into four major categories – normal, dry, oily and combination.
Some problems are typical to skin type and dealing with them is an integral part of modern skincare. The imbalance in oil gland activity leads to skin problems. For instance, oily skin is prone to enlarged pores, blackheads, spots, pimples and acne, due to excess oil secretion by the oil glands. Similarly, if the oil gland activity is less, the skin is unable to hold moisture. The result is that the skin lacks both oil and moisture and becomes dry. Dry skin tends to acquire premature ageing signs, like fine lines and wrinkles. The skin can also become sensitive and develop rough red patches.
Why Is It Important To Follow A Skin Regime According To UR Skin Type?
For dry skin type, the daily routine should provide emollients and moisture. Therefore, skincare aims to restore the balance between oil and moisture.
If you have dry skin, avoid soap and use rehydrant cleansers containing natural moisturizers, like aloe vera and tone UR face with rose water. The daily routine should include night nourishment of the skin, massaging the skin with nourishing cream and wiping off with moist cotton wool. Ensure that the skin is never short of moisture. Use sunscreens during the day and use a moisturizer under makeup.
Oily skin type has a greasy look with large open pores. Specialized cleansing routines are essential so that pores remain unclogged and blackheads and pimples are prevented. Use a face wash for oily skin, containing ingredients like neem and basil. For acne-prone skin, use a medicated cleanser. Use an astringent lotion or rose-based skin toner. Take professional care for acne. Neglecting acne causes the condition to spread, resulting in extensive scarring.
Combination skin type has a greasy area, while the rest of the skin is dry or normal. Combination skins need separate treatment for the different regions or products which are suited to all skin types. Both dry and oily areas need moisturizing. So, pay attention to cleansing and use rose water or rose-based skin toner to tone and refresh the skin. The daily cleansing routine for both oily combination skin should include using cleansing grains or a facial scrub, to discourage and dislodge blackheads. Stubborn blackheads should be removed at a skincare salon.
Did you know that many people assume that their skin usually ages according to their genetic history? Sun exposure can account for nearly 90 per cent of premature aging, and other external factors like pollution and smoking, which influence how fast UR skin ages.
Do’s & Don’ts
Beauty is a matter of cultivating a few good habits and getting rid of bad ones, to last you a lifetime. Here are some tips to give you that extra edge:
- Avoid using scrubs on sensitive or dry skin, as it can deplete the skin of both oil and moisture.
- Remove eye makeup with a cleansing gel, micellar water or gentle makeup remover without stretching the skin.
- Remove creams with moist cotton wool.
- At least once a week, give yourself a face mask. Choose the mask according to UR skin type.
- Use a sunscreen before going out in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF for sun-sensitive skin. Use a sunscreen gel for oily skin to avoid excess sebum and stickiness.
- Apply lotion on UR hands everyday. The hands tend to give away our age earlier than other parts of the body like UR face.
- Don’t frown. Many people frown habitually without realizing it. Frowning causes early lines and furrows on the forehead.