Thursday, February 3, 2011

Does facial skin care need to be different than regular skin care?

The first thing you need to do is find out what type of skin you have. There are three basic types of skin; oily, dry and combination.  It is possible that your face may be oily whereas your legs may be dry. Would you use the same skin care products on both of them?

Oily skin is typically shiny and acne prone.  Toxins excreted through our skin tend to clog pores and create blackheads in oily skin much easier than in dry skin.  This skin type also attracts much more dirt and dust than dry skin does because of the higher amounts of sebum.  Natural cleansing products along with warm water will help clean this skin type safe and effectively.

Dry skin will have a dry, flakey appearance and even has a tightness to it. The lack of sebum, that helps to maintain the moisture in the skin, is what allows the skin to tighten when it comes in contact with cold or hot water.  Dry skin is less prone to acne than oily skin but is more vulnerable to flaking and painful skin conditions.

Combination skin is the most common of these three skin types.  This skin type has a common theme. There is an oily patch across our forehead,  down the nose  ending at the chin. This is commonly referred to as the T-zone. This combination also has patches of dry skin typically in the cheek, neck, and eye areas.  Treating this type of skin can be somewhat confusing and can get expensive if you treat  the whole area the same.  Experimenting with different natural products is the way to go here.

Having great looking skin includes more than just facial care. Our skin is the largest organ our body has. We have to take care of all of it and most of the time that requires different skin care products to do the job.

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