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What Is My Skin Type? – Essential Tips For Your Skin Type

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Many people ask the question ‘What is my skin type’?

There are 4 main different skin types and each has its own unique needs.

Your skin type is largely determined by genetics and usually becomes apparent by the time you are 12 or 13 years old.

Skin type can also be determined by external factors such as your diet, the environment and weather and how much stress you experience at any given time. Your hormones, illness and your age can also affect the condition of your skin.

If you have ever wondered ‘What is my skin type’? Then read on…

How To Know Your Skin Type

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin you will experience some or all of the following:

  • Spots, blackheads and acne
  • An overall shiny appearance
  • Visible or large open pores
  • Coarse looking skin
  • A tendency to ‘lose’ applied make-up like foundation or powder
  • A sallow looking complexion

oily skin

Care For Oily Skin Types

It can be tempting to attack oily skin with harsh, astringent products in an attempt to get rid of spots, pimples and acne and to minimize shine.

However this will do more harm than good, as the sebaceous glands will go into overdrive and produce more oil.

Many shop bought toners include alcohol, which can further aggravate oily skin. Making your own natural toners from gentle products such as witch-hazel, orange flower water or rosewater will help refresh oily skin without irritating it further.

Lightweight cleansers and moisturizers are recommended for oily skin and if you can prepare your own from natural ingredients all the better.

A weekly deep cleanse using a natural plant or nut oil combined with essential oils that are beneficial for oily skin, such as lavender or tea-tree oil, can help this type skin.

As long as any excess oil is removed after cleansing with plain water the addition of oil to oily skin should not cause any further problems.

Diet Tips For Oily Skin

Try to avoid including unhealthy saturated fats in your diet and eat as ‘cleanly’ as possible. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fruit and vegetables that are an excellent choice for oily skin types include:

  • Dark leafy green vegetables – spinach, kale, greens
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Raw beets

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin you will experience some or all of the following:

  • Rough patches
  • Flaky patches
  • Skin that chaps or cracks easily
  • Be prone to itching and irritation
  • Have skin that feels tight especially across the forehead and cheeks

Dry skin

Care For Dry Skin Types

Dry skin is aggravated by several factors including the sun, a poor diet, indoor heating and air conditioning, detergents and other harsh products, pollution and poor skin care.

However if you have dry skin there are steps you can take to encourage your skin to retain more moisture. These include following a diet that benefits dry skin and using beauty products that won’t dry out the skin further.

Natural almond and jojoba oils can be used to make dry skin friendly products and are particularly effective for this type of skin.

Diet Tips For Dry Skin

People with dry skin should drink plenty of water and eat foods that contain essential fatty acids. These can be obtained from:

  • Cold pressed oils and made into delicious salad dressings
  • Oily fish – mackerel, salmon and sardines
  • Nuts – Brazils, walnuts or almonds
  • Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, sesame

Combination Skin

If you have combination skin you will experience some or all of the following:

  • An oily ‘T-zone’ with oily skin along the forehead and down the nose and chin
  • Normal to dry skin on the cheeks
  • Be prone to spots, pimples and blackheads in the T-zone
  • Flaking of the skin to the sides of the nose

Care For Combination Skin Types

For this type of skin you will need to follow the skincare advice for oily skin for the T-zone area and the dry skin advice for the cheeks.

Diet Tips For Combination Skin

Avoid foods that are high in unsaturated fat and use healthy cold pressed oils like safflower oil or sunflower oil for salad dressings.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as often as possible and try seeds like sunflower, pumpkin and sesame. Avoid sugary foods and use pure natural honey instead to sweeten your food.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin you will experience some or all of the following:

  • Redness particularly on the cheeks
  • Broken capillaries
  • Itchiness and irritation
  • Easily irritated and inflamed by commercial beauty products

Care For Sensitive Skin Types

If you have sensitive skin then making your own beauty products is highly recommended.

Many commercial skincare products aggravate the skin because they contain fragrance, harsh ingredients or active ingredients that sensitive skin cannot tolerate.

Even if a product claims to be fragrance-free it can still irritate sensitive skin. Researching natural ingredients and making your own safe products is the best bet for this skin type.

People with sensitive skin should avoid exfoliating products as these can also aggravate the skin. Stress is another ‘flare-up’ trigger for this skin type.

Diet Tips For Sensitive Skin

Follow the dietary advice for dry skin but also try to add a GLA or evening primrose oil supplement to your diet.

Avoid spicy foods, alcohol and get tested by a doctor for skin allergies. Some natural foods such as tomatoes, strawberries and seafood can cause skin reactions.

You Are Unique

You are unique and so is your skin. Making your own skincare products is the best way to ensure that you are putting onto your face ingredients that will enhance your complexion and not spoil it further.

Naturally Skinsational shows you how to easily make your own natural skin care products from ingredients that are found in many homes and kitchens.

There are over 135 skincare recipes to suit every skin type…find out how you can achieve beautiful skin naturally.

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