Different Skin Types

What are the different skin types?
How to recognize it? How to care different skin types?

Beautiful skin is something most of us are born with. Think about the healthy bloom of a child's complexion. Skin is at its best perfectly balanced and smooth state. But once passed childhood all skins need a little help. The process of aging begins by the time we reach our teens.

The skin is of three types- oily, normal, dry and combination skin. Rarely are we lucky enough to have an ideal skin . Today it is possible to save our skin with so many preparations available in the market or made at home. Like any living thing the skin responds to loving care.

The first intelligent step towards acquiring and maintaining a good clear and perfect skin is to be healthy. Always remember in life, health and beauty go hand in hand. You must recognize the skin you have so that you will be able to take care of the skin accordingly. Remember that every last speck of make up should be removed from your face every night either with cleansing milk or baby lotion and then apply cold water . In the morning clean your face thoroughly. Always keep your hands and finger nails clean and avoid touching the face it harms the face.

Below are mentioned the various types of skin, how to recognize them and how to take care of them.There are four types of skin- dry, oily, normal and combination skin

Normal skin how to recognize it.
This type of skin feel soft,smooth and slightly dewy.
In a magnifying mirror the skin appears smooth and not visible enlarged pores.
The skin shows a pink glow due to good blood circulation.
The surface is clear with no blackheads or pimples.
The skin is fine and it is almost invisible.

How to care normal skin.
Wash your face once a day in the morning with mild soap.
At night remove make up by using 2 coats of cleansing milk and then put skin tonic to keep the skin pores normal.
After the age of 24 if you have wrinkles apply a nourishing or anti wrinkle cream or almond oil around the eyes and throat.
Protect the skin against tanning by using a thin layer of liquid mediation if you go out a lot in the sun.
One of the common ways of making a normal skin dry is by washing the face with soap often during the day, so avoid it.
If you are using besan(chickpeas) instead of soap add a little warm milk to it and apply on face for 10 min and then wash it.

Dry skin- how to recognize it
There are feelings of tightness and lack of elasticity.
The skin looks chaffed and face powder flakes.
There are tiny lines like appearance on the skin and tiny lines may show.
The skin feels tight after a soap and water wash.
Perspiration is scanty.

How to care a dry skin
Do not use soap at all, as the soap removes the little natural oil that the dry skin has.
At night use cold cream on the skin and in the morning splash cold water on the face to feel fresh.
After cleaning the face with cleansing milk at night massage cold cream or nourishing cream and leave it overnight. Tissue off the excess oil gently after an hour to avoid spoiling of bedding.
Take vitamin tablets and eat citrus fruits,like orange papaya fruit etc. Eat butter milk
If the skin is wet during the day apply a thin layer of cold cream leave it for whole day

Oily skin- how to recognize it
The pores are enlarged especially around the nose.
There are occasional skin blemishes.
The skin perspires freely.
The skin has morning shine due to oil accumulation during sleep.
Shine appears often during the day as skin oil comes out through make up. The skin feels dirty and sticky.
Pimples,blackheads,whiteheads and acnes are common features of an oily skin.

How to care an oily skin

Clean the skin 3 to 4 times a day with cleansing milk and then wash it with besan and lime mixed with a little water or multani mitti(fullers earth). This will soften and smoothen the skin and it will reduce the superfluous hair on the skin. Besan(chickpeas) and lime bleaches the face.
Steam the face twice a week with a little soda bicarbonate in water. After steaming pat astringent to tighten the pores.

The best way to reduce oiliness is to wash the face with warm water to remove grease and dirt and then splash cold water to close the pores.
If you do not have any pimples, the very good way of removing oil is lather a medicated soap on the face with a man's shaving brush. This remove grease and dirt from within the pores and extra friction on this stimulates blood circulation.
Disinfect your puff by soaking it in a solution of half cup of water to which 1 tsp.of detol or Listerine is added and leave it on for 10 min and then brush the dirt with a tooth brush and leave it in the sun to dry . Do this 3 times a month or else the puff will become a breading ground for bacteria causing pimples.
if having blemished skin do not use soap at all. Soap is harmful for the skin. It is better to use face packs instead of soap.

Combination skin- how to recognize it
The center part of the face (forehead, nose and chin) show shine, enlarged pores and sometimes blemishes. These areas are usually oily. The rest of the face is dry and may show tiny lines and wrinkles.

How to care combination skin
Treat the oily areas as you would treat on an oily skin and dry areas as you would do on a dry skin. In case most of the skin is oily then use face packs which are used for an oily skin. Do the same with dry skin.

Hair care-discussion2

Hair care - part II.

Is conditioning important? Hair is a marvelous natural fiber, we wash it, apply heat and chemical and generally abuse it. Imagine doing all these to the most expensive outfit and pulling it thorough the most vigorous treatment everyday- years in and years out , of course, you would not do so. Why your hair does not deserve the same delicate care to that expensive dress of yours ? Well it does, that is why correct shampooing and conditioning are important. After all you replace a dress but hair cannot be bought.

Anyone would get confused with the varieties of shampoo and conditioner are available now in this market- which one to choose? So best is to go to a proper beauty parlour and ask your hair dresser who may stock a special range of products which is sold in the salon and you will be given an advise on what to use, when and how to use or else get into a shop and pick it up from shelf but preferably a known brand. 

Shampoo. A modern shampoo is a good cleanser designed to remove every day dirt and grease with out stripping the hair off its precious natural moisture content. Choose mild shampoo that suit your hair. Shampoo mixed with one part of water should be used . Greasy hair should be kept clean otherwise it looks flat soon and looses its bounce. Greasy hair also tends to attract dirt. Whether your hair is normal, dry or oily, keep it clean,shampoo it at least twice a week. A dirty greasy scalp is perfect ground for bacteria, it increases the risk of infection as well as making your hair smell extremely unpleasant.

Choosing the right shampoo is a matter of trial, it is very good to change shampoo often. Always buy a small bottle if you do not like it you have not wasted much money. Colour, perfume and shampoo bottle have nothing to do with the quality of the product inside.

Egg shampoo this is good for falling hair , for oily dirty hair and even for a dirty face. Separate the yolks of 2 to 3 eggs from the whites, add a tsp of the white not very stiff then combine the white and yolks, rinse the hair lightly, massage the egg shampoo into the scalp with your finger tips. Leave for 5 to 10 min rinse with luke warm water and redo with any other shampoo. This is the best home made shampoo for hair and face.

Treatment for dandruff

1.selerian solution is good for dandruff.

2 cetavio non medicated shampoo. wash your hair thrice a week and then once a week.

3 loxene shampoo is good for dandruff'

4 mix 2tsp of coconut oil mixed with 1 tsp of lime juice massage into the scalp, leave it on for half hour and then shampoo.

5 cut lime into half dip into salt massage in the scalp leave for half an hour and then shampoo

6 massage 3 days old curds into the scalp leave for 1/2 hour and then shampoo it. do not keep the curds in the fridge.

7 powder 20 to 30 black pepper seeds with 1 ounce of milk and half lemon juice.massage into the scalp leave for 1/2 hour then wash off.(if you have sensitive skin do not use this)


Grate 1/2 coconut, mix 1/4 glass of water. Squeze and remove thick coconut milk add juice of 1 lemon. Massage into the scalp leave it on for 15 min and then wash off.

Steam some amla powder wrapped in a banana leaf and when cool massage into the scalp and leave it for 1/2 an hour and then shampoo it .

Scrape a rotten coconut and massage it into the hair keep it over night and then shampoo the next morning.

Wash hair with 10 gram of shikakai, arrowroot and amla powder. Mix all and boil them in one glass of water wash hair once a week with this water.

Rub any warm oil at the end of the hair and leave overnight.

Trim the hair once in 3 weeks or once in a month to prevent hair from splitting. Do not separate splits as it harms hair.

Hair growth.

To help hair grow rub egg white into the scalp and rinse with cold water.

For hair growth and getting rid of dandruff massage scalp with brandy leave for 1/2 hour and then shampoo.

For hair growth take a raw egg apply it and leave for 1/2 hour and then wash it off with shampoo. To prevent early greying of hair take a cup of strong black tea dilute it with a tsp of salt and apply on the roots,,, tea colours hair.

Lemon for your hair. Lemon has flourished as a beautifier 1000 years ago, everyone knows that to lighten hair naturally use a little lemon juice before you go out in the sun. Did you know that by adding a few drops of lemon juice to the shampoo will make hair shine.