Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Skin Care: Taking good care of your skin can help keep you looking young longer

Taking good care of your skin can help keep you looking young longer. It can also add to your overall attractiveness. While our skin may appear strong and resilient there are many factors that can adversely effect our skin's beauty. Sun,air pollution,dryness and harsh chemicals can take their toll. Even our diet has been shown to play a major role in the health of our skin. We provide dos and don'ts and insights into how you can look your best by caring for your skin.
The skin reflects and reacts to your entire being - physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. If you eat well, exercise regularly, sleep adequately and find ways to alleviate the stress in your life, your skin will reflect this healthy lifestyle.

A good skin is an asset for the future and affect not only how people see us, but how we see the world. In our current environment it is so important to protect and care for our skin.
Skin can be divided into various types according to its texture. It is essential to know the various types of skin, so that its treatment can be done accordingly.
Normal skin
Dry skin
Oily skin
Combination skin
Sensitive skin
Normal Skin:
It has a fine even texture with a supple and smooth surface. It has a proper balance between oil and moisture contents and is therefore moist and neither greasy nor dry. It looks clear and does not develop spots and blemishes. The pores of the skin are fine and barely visible. It reflects good health and needs gentle treatment.
Dry skin:
Dry skin has a dry parched appearance and has a tendency to flake easily. It is prone to wrinkles and lines. It is due to the inability to retain moisture as well as the insufficient production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Dry skin often has problems in cold weather and ages faster than normal or oily skin. Constant protection is very important. It needs a moisturiser during the day and a good cream at night.

Oily skin:
This type of skin is caused by the over secretion of sebum making the skin surface oily. The excess oil on the surface of the skin attracts dirt and dust from the environment. oily skin is also prone to black heads, white heads, spots, pimples and such skin will never be clear. This type of skin needs to be cleansed thoroughly.
Combination skin:
This type of skin is very common. As the name suggests, it is a combination of both oily and dry skin with certain areas of the face oily and the rest dry. Usually there is a Central greasy panel consisting of the forehead, nose and chin and a dry panel consisting of cheeks and the areas around the eyes and mouth. The greasy central panel is referred to as T - Zone. In such cases, each part of the face should be treated accordingly - the dry areas as for dry skin and the central panel as for oily skin.
Sensitive skin:
This type of skin has a fine texture and is very sensitive to changes in the climate. They show the disadvantage of bleaching, Waxing, threading etc.