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.