The skin is the largest organ of the human body. The skin can be divided into 3 layers:
- Subcutaneous tissue
The skin we see in the mirror is known as epidermis, the skin is a living tissue and acts as our body’s first line of defence against harmful materials (eg: dust, sun rays, and micro organisms).
Our skins are what we present to the outer world and apart from that, our skins says a lot about the person we are.
Skin care is extremely important, we need to care for our skins, to keep them intact and beautiful for as long as we humanly can. Breaks in the skin compromises the body’s first line of defence against infections. The skin can get dry or even be irritated, by using harsh soaps or taking very hot baths(why thou?). Our skin care routine should include:
- Hydration: drinking enough water.
- Healthy eating
- Using skin care routine that works best for our skin type.
There are 4 types of skin
When your skin feels dry and your pores are not visible, you have a dry skin.
When your face feels smooth and your pores aren’t visible. Your face is neither dry or oily, then you probably have a normal skin.
When you have an oily skin, your pores are visible and you have oil all over your face and no you didn’t put oil on your face.
When you have oil on your forehead and nose area but other areas feel smooth. Then you have a combination skin.
The first and most important step in any skin care routine is to know your skin type.
FOR OILY SKIN
When you have an oily skin, you have oil all over your face. People with oily skin are very susceptible to breakouts.
- Genetics: If your parents have oily skin, chances are you have it too
- Age: The older we get, the less sebum the skin produces
- Following the wrong skin care
- Washing or exfoliating the skin too often
what’s the right skin care routine for oily skin?
The cleansing is the most important step when it comes to oily skin. The build up of dirt and excess oil during the night should be gently removed so they do not clog your pores. So, it’s important you start your morning skin care routine with a mild water-based cleanser.
Oily skin is prone to build up of dead skin cells, clogged pores and blackheads. To prevent that it’s important to exfoliate your skin regularly and it’s also important not to exfoliate too much as you can strip too much oil away from your skin and cause the sebaceous gland to produce even more oil to compensate for the oil lost ( you don’t want that). That been said about 2 to 3 times a week is enough and with a gentle exfoliant.
You should use a toner that the improve your skin’s texture and reduce your pores, while maintaining the moisture balance of the skin at the same time.
moisturizer and eye cream:
When choosing moisturizer, be sure to choose one that is made specifically for oily skin, take into consideration that other creams might clog your pores. Also, remember to apply eye cream to protect and moisturise under your eyes too!
A lot of women forgo this step, and that’s a very big mistake as sunscreen prevents the skin from harmful UV rays and premature aging. The general rule of sunscreen for your face is half a teaspoon.
Be sure to cleanse with a foaming or gel-based cleanser made specifically for your skin type at least twice. For the first time, wash face with your hands imitating a circular motion, and for the second wash use a face brush.
Use a purifying toner to get rid of dirt.
Do not forget about moisturizer. Yes your skin is oily, but it still needs proper hydration. If the moisture of the skin is not balanced, then it produces even more oil. So make sure to add oil-free moisturizer to your night-time skin care routine and you are in your way to a healthy skin!!!
FOR DRY SKIN
People with dry skin feel a sort of tightness in their skin as well as flaky patches in their skin. They are prone to premature wrinkles and skin irritation.
- Genetics: If your parents have dry skin, chances are you will have dry skin too.
- Weather: All skin types suffer in the winter, but people with dry skin suffer more.
- Very hot bath: I still don’t understand why people feel the need to take very hot baths ( your poor poor skin).
- Lack of moisturizer: when you don’t moisturiser the skin properly, it leads to dryness, breaking and premature wrinkles.
- Long baths: This goes without saying. Have you ever had a long bath? You ever noticed how you skin looks and feels like afterwards? Yes that! It’s bad for your skin.
Right skin care for dry skin?
- Take shorter showers.
- Drink a lot of water
- Choose the right skin care routine
- Eat foods rich in vitamins
Wash face with cold water:
As soon as you get up, splash your face with cold water several times so your skin feels refreshed.
Cleanse your face gently with a cleanser designed for dry skin. However, be careful to choose a natural one containing minimum harmful chemicals.
Use a toner that is not drying and is good for dry skin. Rose water is also a good option.
Choose a moisturizer that is designed for dry skin and apply gently all over face until it is absorbed. Also remember to reapply during the day as needed or when you notice dry patches in your face.
Do not forget Sunscreen if and when you are about to go out. Make sure that the sunscreen has an SPF of 30 or more.
Drink a lot of water:
Remember to keep hydrated ladies.
Choose a cleansing lotion in place of the morning cleanser in order to calm the skin. The milky texture provides the moisture that is the skin needs.
Use a Toner containing natural herbs to hydrate and moisturise the skin.
For your night-time skin care routine, an intensive hyaluronic acid is a great choice. this way you will wake up with a flake free face.
Eye cream and moisturizer:
Use eye cream every night to moisturise the skin under the eye and also don’t forget to use moisturizer and you are good to go to bed.
I have an oily skin and my skin is very prone to sun burn, so I’ve always suffered from a darker forehead than the rest of my face until I found this holy grail, and my face has not remained the same.
P.s this is not a sponsored post, I buy this product with my own money.
I have a post about the skin care regime that I follow to get a clear skin without breaking the bank read it here.
Also remember that a great skin largely depends on what we put into our bodies, what we eat and drink. So focus on repairing your skin from the inside out.
My skin is not perfect, it’s not what it could be, but it’s better than what is used to be.
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Cheers to a great skin,
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