Beauty Skin Care
Skin TypesWind, humidity, and dry air can really ravage our sensitive skin. It can make our skin feel itchy, raw, and on the opposite end of the gamut, oily. But lucky for us, there are many lotions and creams available to counteract the damage daily weather conditions do to our skin. Moisturizers can truly help if you know which lotions are designed for which type of skin.
First of all, knowing the difference between body lotion and body cream is half the battle. Body lotion can be poured on the hands. This thin lotion is for everyday use to help moisturize and condition the to keep it looking healthy and radiant. Body cream is thicker than lotion, and was deliberately created for those rough patches, like elbow, knees, and heels. Body cream is designed to soothe the driest areas of our skin.
With that knowledge in mind, it is really important to know what kind of skin type you have. Many people tend to think that they have normal skin, but unfortunately, the fact of the matter is, normal skin is very rare. To find out what kind of skin you have, press a tissue to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Wait 30 minutes. Then, look at the tissue. You will be able to tell by the remnants on the tissue what kind of skin you have. Here are some of the most common skin types, and the lotions that will help care for that particular type of skin.
Normal Skin Type
Normal skin is a result of balanced pH levels in your body. However, that does not mean you should skip a daily routine of moisturizing your skin. If you are one of the fortunate people who have normal skin type, you can use any kind of lotion you like. But you may be wondering, what constitutes normal skin type? Normal skin type has:
- very few blemishes. (Acne is not a problem.)
- no itchy dry spots.
- a soft and supple appearance and touch.
- beautiful pigment and texture.
- no oily sheen.
- an oily or wet sheen to it, especially around the forehead, nose, and chin.
- blemishes (blackheads and pimples) that can easily be seen and often times hurt.
- a soft and greasy feel.
- large pores usually around the nose, cheeks, and chin.
Dry Skin Type
There are many features that contribute to the problem of dry skin. Genetics, cold weather, excessive bathing, and allergic reactions, all play a role in dry skin. Dry skin is rough and sometimes scaly. It can be itchy and uncomfortable if not properly taken care of. This type of skin, due to lack of oils, is the most likely of the skin types to be prone to wrinkles later on in life. Dry skin:
- is extremely sensitive to heat and cold.
- appears dull.
- may flake especially on the cheeks.
- has one bonus: acne is rarely an issue.
Also call dermatitis, Eczema is a very common skin condition that is associated with dry skin. It is characterized by dry skin rashes that itch profusely. Eczema can only be diagnosed by a physician. So, go to a dermatologist if you have an itchy skin rash that:
- is very red.
- has appeared before the age of 5 years old.
- is patchy or bumpy.
- disappears then reappears later.
- appears all over your body.
To keep you skin healthy and looking its best, it is vital to apply the correct lotions to match your skin type. That way, you can soon attain the strong, vigorous skin you have always dreamed about.