In today’s world, everything is fast paced. People are running around trying to get everything done in time, and we are not finding enough time in the day to take care of our bodies, let alone, find the time to have a good skin care regimen. Already at a young 25 years, our skin begins its aging process. There are many factors that play a vital role in the health of our skin, but first, we need to learn about our skin to help slow the course of aging. Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body? This should be a good enough reason to better maintain your skin’s wellbeing. Skin acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also projects antibacterial substances that prevent infection. To be able to better care for our skin let’s begin with learning more about the most common skin types:
Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin. Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type. Skin types can also vary depending upon factors such as:
- Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity
- Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness
- Sensitivity level
Normal Skin Type
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:
- No or few imperfections
- No severe sensitivity
- Barely visible pores
- A radiant complexion
Combination Skin Type
A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.
Combination skin can produce:
- Overly dilated pores
- Shiny skin
Dry Skin Type
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines
Oily Skin Type
Oily skin can produce:
- Enlarged pores
- Dull or shiny, thick complexion
- Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes
Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:
- Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
- Exposure to heat or too much humidity
Sensitive Skin Type
If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.
Sensitive skin can show up as:
Once you know which category of skin type you are in, you will be able to care for your skin much better.
Regardless of which skin type you are, the most important factor to your skin’s health is the food you ingest. Having a well-balanced diet will help bring your skin back to beautifully radiant. But these are not the only factors to consider. Some habits are essential in order to care for your skin and have a glowing complexion all year long. Whatever your skin type, here are the ten essential habits you should respect!
Specific care for each skin type
In order to take care of and respect your skin, first and foremost make sure to choose products specially designed for your skin type. Dry skin does not have the same needs as oily skin. Try to use organic products, as many facial products are filled with chemicals!
Pay special attention to fragile areas
Some parts of your face (eye contour, lips, etc.) have particularly fine, fragile skin. They need specific care, especially the eye contour and the lips. These areas of your face are more sensitive and deserve special attention.
Taking care of sensitive skin begins with make-up removal. In order not to stress your skin and to respect its natural balance, make sure to use a pH-neutral make-up remover, specially formulated to cleanse your epidermis gently.
Eyes: a risk area
The eye contour skin is ten times finer than the skin on the rest of the face. Choose a specific routine for make-up removal in this area. Hint: wearing sunglasses will protect this fragile skin from sun damage and from wrinkling from excessive squinting.
Exfoliation is indispensable
Use a suitable exfoliation treatment once or twice a week. It must be effective yet gentle and respectful. Choose a pH-neutral exfoliation product, which is perfect for smoothing and purifying the skin while respecting its natural balance.
Moisturizing is essential
The dermis is made up of 70% water and the epidermis, 15%. In order to keep the skin well moisturized, it is important to choose daily moisturizing skin care products that balance the level of water within the skin. You may also use a moisturizing mask regularly, removing the excess with a spring water spray.
Preferably hypoallergenic/organic make-up
To avoid the risk of allergies linked to the use of products that are not suited to your skin, choose hypoallergenic make-up specially formulated to meet the needs of all skin and eye types, even sensitive skin.
Watch out for external stress
Pollution, smoke, stress… All these have harmful effects on the skin. Use skincare products to protect your skin against these daily stresses before leaving the house and cleanse your skin thoroughly when you come home in the evening.
Whatever the season, choose daily skincare products that provide sun protection. They reduce the harmful effects of the sun, which accelerates the skins aging process. Staying in the shade will help further protect your skin.
Don’t forget the lips
As soon as you feel the need, use a restorative cream for the lips. Do not hesitate to reapply to this particularly fragile area as often as necessary. Also, using SPF lip protection is strongly recommended.
As the skin is a living organ, it can vary from season to season or even from week to week, depending on your general health as well as on external factors, such as environment, diet, health and general lifestyle.
Skin ageing is an inevitable process. It can be sped up through lack of care, too much sunlight, or even excess stress. The process can be slowed down by a good skin care and protection routine.
It’s important to identify and understand your skin type, to ensure you’re selecting the right products for maximum benefit.
Come in and get an individualized facial treatment at K-W Homeopathic Medicine and Wellness Clinic. We are dedicated to providing your skin with only the most pure and natural ingredients. Our facials are 100% non-toxic, making them a perfect option for people with allergies, chemical sensitivities and those wishing to avoid harsh chemicals found in many beauty products.
We take pride in using the finest ingredients. Knowing that what we eat is just as important as what we put on our skin, we make all of our masks with real fruits, vegetables, and aromatic health giving oils. They smell so good; you might be tempted to eat them too!
Call K-W Homeopathic Medicine and Wellness Clinic today at (519) 603-0505 to make an appointment and experience the benefits of our relaxing all natural, non-toxic facials for yourself. Go Natural and Glow!
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