Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against the world. It is important to always give it the attention it deserves and needs to remain healthy. Before caring for your skin, you must learn what type of skin you have. Once you know your skin type, you can choose skin treatments which best address your skin’s specific needs. Every skin type requires different care. Skin is typically categorized as sensitive, oily, dry or combination.
Sensitive skin is often the hardest to treat as almost allergic reactions occur when using many products. Using products that are not made for sensitive skin may result in itching, burning and stinging. Rashes are also common. This is also the hardest to determine.
Oil skin is easy to diagnose as it typically appears greasy or shiny. Wiping a finger around the T-zone is usually a great way to tell. If the skin feels oily, even shortly after being cleaned, you’re an oily type. Oily skin types often have large pores as well.
Dry skin is the opposite. Most often, skin is flaky. It may also feel itchy, tight or rough, but not always. If you have to apply lotion often, dry skin is likely your skin type.
Finally, combination skin means you have both oily and dry skin. Some areas of the skin are flaky or red, while others are shiny and greasy. Luckily, treatments are available to handle this troublesome skin type.
Once you know what your skin type is, you are able to choose the best possible products out of the literally hundreds of different treatments available. Remember that skin types can change over time and even temporarily due to hormone shifts, allergies and illnesses.
To ensure you have healthy skin, no matter what your skin type is, adopt these better for you lifestyle habits:
- Avoid or stop smoking
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Drink plenty of water
- Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein your your diet
- Learn to better manage and reduce stress
By incorporating these simple habits into your daily life and learning what your skin needs, you’ll finally give it the love and care it deserves. While the elements may abuse your skin, choosing the right products and taking steps to be healthier will help protect you from damage so you always look your very best.