Clinical Skin Care
It isn’t hard to believe that more and more people want to have beautiful, healthy skin. In order to obtain such characteristics some folks use different means ranging from various skin care products, experimenting with natural skin care, and going as far as visiting clinical skin care centers. The use of skin care products are not inherently harmful, however, you must take into consideration the effectiveness of the product. Is that skin product good for you and your skin? Are there any side effects? These are the types of questions that should be coming to mind when practicing skin care. I want to explain how you identify your skin type before buying and using any type of skin care product.
There are four skin types that I give below:
Dry Skin: If your skin has a strong tendency towards dehydration, lacks oil, and has few breakouts if any, it is considered dry.
- Cure: Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use toner to help with the tight, flaky feeling of dehydration. Avoid toners and makeup that contain alcohol due to the fact that alcohol-based products have a drying effect on skin.
Oily Skin: If your skin is oily, it may become shiny soon after cleansing and the pores become slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads than other skin types and is coarser in texture.
- Cure: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water. Use an alcohol-free, hydrating toner to help remove additional residue. Utilizing oil blotting sheets throughout the day can help control shine, and it takes as little as 3 minutes after lunch.
Normal Skin: If you tend to have oily skin throughout the T-zone (above your eyebrows, running down the bridge of your nose to the bottom of your chin) and dry, taut skin on the cheeks, and changes with seasons (dryer in winter, oilier in summer) it is considered normal.
- Cure: Wash your face with cleansers that are designed for your normal skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner all over your face. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry skin.
Sensitive Skin: If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold weather, it is sensitive.
- Cure: Look for cleansers, toners, makeup, and moisturizers that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Cleanse tone and moisturize with gentle products every day. The idea for your skin is to always choose products with a soothing benefit. Some common ingredients to look for are: chamomile, azulene, bisabolol, allantoin, lavender, camphor, calamine, rosemary, thyme, aloe vera, etc.
Combination Skin: Combination skin is two extreme skin types on one face. These situations occur when there is acne and a lot of oil in one area when the rest of the skin is generally not producing oil and, as a result, is dry.
- Cure: Be wary with the products you use for this skin type. Treat each area appropriately as described above. If the acne is severe, consult a dermatologist or esthetician. If it is dry, utilize moisturizers.
First and foremost, smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles.
If you have smoking habit, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.