Determine Your Skin Type
Do you ever wonder why, despite using a number of different products, your skin shows no difference or improvement? It all feels like a big waste of time, money and efforts? Chances are, you’re picking the wrong products! The key to effective skin care is using the right products according to your skin type and this is where you go wrong.
Most women find it difficult to determine what their skin type is and that leads to them picking out the wrong products that don’t help at all. In fact, using the wrong products can worsen the skin problems that you’re already facing. Today, let us take you through an in depth lesson on how to determine your skin type followed by some skin care tips for each!If your skin texture feels particularly oily on the T-zone that is the forehead, nose and chin area and starts getting drier around the cheeks, you have combination skin. It’s also possible for it to be a mix of dry and oily on different parts of your face.
People dealing with combination skin have larger, clogged pores around the nose and the pores start blurring out towards the cheeks. These pores will be easiest to determine in the morning.
Sensitive Skin :
If your skin often feels itchy and gets affected by weather changes easily, you have sensitive skin. It’s extremely important to take care of sensitive skin and use natural products as extreme usage of chemicals can cause irritation, redness and your skin can end up feeling stingy. People with sensitive skin have normal to large pores. Pro tip: Don’t change your skin care products frequently as your sensitive skin will get used to a particular product that suits it the most. Constantly changing your products will make the problem worse.
Oily Skin :
If your skin perpetually looks like how your fingers do after eating french fries, you have oily skin. It feels greasy and shiny for most of the day and external factors like being out and about in the sun only make it worse. As someone with oily skin, your goal is to make it as matte as possible. People with oily skin have large pores that get clogged with oil, sweat and dirt, often resulting into blackheads and whiteheads. They’re also prone to pimples an excessive acne.
Dry Skin :
The primary trait of dry skin is that it gets flaky, the texture and the surface of the skin feels rough. Sometimes, it may even itch. Dry skin often ends up looking dull and pale as it lacks the hydration so it feels like a barren desert. People with this skin type have small, tight pores and it looks dehydrated. So if your skin possesses any othe above and the winter season is a nightmare for you, you have dry skin.
Normal Skin :
If your skin feels not too oily and not too dry, you have normal skin. The pores are naturally minimal and it’s got a soft texture. People with this skin type need not do much however being hydrated is a must.
Find natural emollients :
Natural emollients lubricate dry skin and help keep it soft and smooth. An emollient like peach fruit extract which is found in the The Lakmé Peach Milk Moisturiser is rich in vitamins like A, B, C, E and K. Vitamins A, B and C are hydrating and have antioxidant effects while Vitamin E oil is used to heal scabs. It also protects skin from UV rays.
Go for glycerine and sunflower seed oil :
Glycerine can give dry skin a boost of hydration and soothe irritated skin. It’s also considered a remedy against acne. If you want to reap the benefits of glycerine invest in a light moisturising lotion like the Dove Essential Nourishment Body Lotion. Loaded with glycerine and sunflower seed oil, it works wonders for sensitive skin.
Get some Argan Oil :
This oil has been a rage since a while now. It has high levels of Vitamin E, a fabulous natural skin moisturiser, and good fatty acid content. The best part is that argan oil is non-greasy and a non-irritant. If you have super sensitive skin that breaks out even at the sight of heavy, oily products, argan oil is your friend. Dry skin absorbs this oil in a jiffy. We love the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum. It’s super light and just a few drops work like magic on dry, sensitive skin.
Simple Petroleum Jelly :
Nothing works like Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on sensitive skin that’s prone to dryness and dullness since it is super hydrating and moisturising. If you want a milky variant for extremely dry and cracked skin that’s super sensitive, you could go for Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Body Lotion. It works great for people living in areas with dry, cold weather.
Silk protein extracts :
Silk protein extract containing sericin is like a magical agent for dry skin. It moisturises your skin while inducing sebum absorption and skin tightening. Sericin is also a potent anti-oxidant, neutralizing all the free-radical-induced damage on your skin. It also protects your skin from harmful UV rays. This skin-brightening super-agent helps moisturise dry skin in a gentle and effective manner. Now, if you’re wondering about how you can find your skin some silk protein, fret not! The Pond’s Silk Cream has sericin, soya bean oil, peach extract and strawberry extract in it! That’s a whole lotta skin goodness in one bottle.
Make a face mask yourself :
If you want to try some home remedies, whip up this simple face mask at home! All you need is two fully ripe bananas, a tablespoon of honey, and half cup yoghurt. Blend them together, and there you have your homemade face mask! Smear this on your face, let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. This mask is suited for dry sensitive skin. It will moisturise your skin and make it healthy and keep it moisturised too!