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The skin is the largest organ in the human body and one of the beautiful things about it is that it shows what is going on inside. Washing your skin and using sunscreen and moisturizer is very important, but there are other things that are vital to healthy, glowing skin as well, such as getting enough sleep and eating a proper diet, rich in vitamins and nutrients.
Taking Care of Specific Skin Types
1. Know what skin type you have.
There are five different skin types: dry, oily, normal, combination, and sensitive. Each skin type will require different type of treatment, care, and attention. It will also determine what sorts of products you should be using.
- If you have dry skin, your skin may feel tight, look ashy, or have dry, flakey patches. It can also be sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold temperatures.
- If you have oily skin, your skin will have a tendency to get oily or greasy, especially in the T-zone areas (forehead, nose, and cheeks). Your skin is prone to acne, breakouts, and pimples.
- If you have normal skin, your skin is neither dry nor oily.
- If you have combination skin, it may be dry in some areas and oily in others, most notably in the T-zones (forehead, nose, and cheeks).
- If you have sensitive skin, your skin is delicate and prone to allergic reactions. It may also be combined with the other four skin types as well: dry, oily, normal, or combination
2. Keep oily skin clean and moisturized to prevent break outs and excessive oil production.
It may sound counterintuitive to put moisturizer on oily skin, but it is very important. If oily skin becomes too dry, it will start to produce more oils to compensate. You can prevent this from happening by using a lightweight or gel-based moisturizer intended for oily skin. Washing your face daily is also very important; once again, be sure to use a body wash and facial cleanser intended for oily skin.
- Oily skin is prone to acne, breakouts, and pimples. Avoid picking at them, as this will only make them worse and could result in scarring.
3. Take good care of your skin if it is normal, but be prepared to switch up your products as the seasons change.
If your skin is neither dry nor oily, you are very lucky, but you should still take good care of your skin. As the seasons change, expect your skin to change as well. Prevent it from becoming dry in the winter by using richer, extra-moisturizing products. Keep it from becoming oily in the summer by using lightweight products.
- Wash your face with cleansers that are designed for normal skin types.