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All About Your Skin Type: How-To & Tips and Tricks!!!

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The term ‘skin type’ refers to two things: how much sebum your skin produces, and where this sebum is most heavily produced. But our skin changes – greasy one day and dry the next. It’s under constant attack from internal factors like fluctuating hormones and poor diet, which lead to oiliness and spots, and from external factors like the sun and the wind, which cause premature wrinkles.

Factors such as stress and the changing seasons can also take their toll, making skin look dull, flaky and lifeless. To combat these enemies, the skin needs to be properly cared for throughout your life. Examine your skin first thing in the morning to identify your skin type and discover which products to use and which to avoid.

Dry Skin

What to Avoid:

  • Sun exposure, which aggravates the condition; excessive lubrication; and products containing alcohol and fragrance.

What to Look for:

  • Products containing sealants to prevent moisture loss such as silicone or collagen; daytime protective moisturizers; nourishing and hydrating masks; products containing vitamin E, avocado oil, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides.

Oily Skin

What to Avoid:

  • Harsh strippers with a high alcohol content; foundations with a “glossy” or “satin finish”; harsh alcohol-based toners; soap and water; oil-based moisturizers; and finally, touching your face too much.

What to Look for:

  • “Oil-free” foundations and moisturizers; products labeled non-comedogenic and non-achegenic; antibacterial essential oils such as tea tree and grapefruit; and cleansing oils, rather than rich creams and lotions.

Combination Skin

What to Avoid:

  • Harsh products for the T-Zone; exfoliating scrubs; leaving makeup on overnight; and strong-alcohol-based-toners.

What to Look for:

  • Nourishing masks as treats; night cream to maximize beauty sleep, and moisturizers with sun protection.

Sensitive Skin

What to Avoid:

  • Products containing alcohol; surfactants (detergents used in certain cleansers and soaps); fragrances and some plant extracts; stay out of the sun and protect yourself with high-factor sunscreens.

What to Look for:

  • Products labelled as hypoallergenic or containing skin smoothers such as kaolin, chamomile, and aloe.
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