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Facial Skin Type & Its Care

With all the hypes & hoopla about skin care in the cosmetic industry, to choose the right ones specifically for yourself sometimes is not so easy. The important key is identifying correctly the type of skin you have.

There are four (4) basic skin types: normal, simple dry, mature & oily. Maybe combination skin should be mentioned, though it cannot be classified as a skin type since everyone has combination skin (usually oilier around the forehead, nose and chin and drier around the eyes & cheeks).

      Normal Skin:
      • Heredity parents have pretty good skin
      • Mild acne as a teenager, but eruption minor and infrequent
      • Washing hair about twice or three times a week
      • Tan easily but evenly, restores to original appearance of even complexion quickly
      • Makeup foundation stays in pretty good shape for the whole day

Normal skin is healthy and balanced, with enough oil to prevent water loss but not excessive to clog pores. Some normal skins might be a little dry, others a bit oily. Treat the whole and address the local problem areas (combination skin).

To care for normal skin is to maintain it normal. A preemptive program of natural skin care is prudent to prevent future problems by protecting it against aging prematurely. Never slather with lotions and creams with synthetic chemicals & mineral oils to irritate it further. A minimal routine of cleansing, nurture & protect with natural, botanical anti-aging skin care is sufficient.

      Mature Skin:
      • A dry, dull & yellowish complexion
      • Irregular patches or pigmentation, brown, black or beige "age spots"
      • Deepening lines around forehead, nose, eyes
      • Sagging skin around chin line and cheeks, under-eye area
      • Enlarged pores on cheeks and chin

As one grew older, the cell growth rate slows down, resulting in decrease production of collagen and loss of elasticity beneath the skin surface, with excess (sagging) skin that cannot shrink down to the facial contour. The slowdown further causes the dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface, becoming dense, making natural exfoliation difficult, thus creating lines & wrinkles, making the skin more prone to problems. Self-healing process cannot catch up with years of weather-abuse, resulting in accumulation of melanin of brown, black spots, small raised beige lumps.

Just moisturizer alone cannot repair or restore collagen & elastin. Contrary to common belief in the past, massage & exercise are not helpful. The pushing & pulling only creates a wear-and-tear situation. Fortunately, help is on the way! The much talked about alpha/beta hydroxy acids are proven to be effective to assist the cell renewal process, to a great extent. In the last decade or so, researchers have identified a variety of compounds in the skin and successfully reproduce these substances that attract and hold water, called natural moisturizing factors (NM's) to keep the skin supple and protect against the outside harsh environment. Numerous patents are granted for anti-aging ingredients that actually stimulate fibroblast to increase collagen production and elasticity of skin.

For mature skin, this innovative skin care regimen of cleansing, toning, cell renewal & repair should be religiously observed, perhaps even followed by a well selected rich moisturizer & sun-protector.

      Simple Dry Skin:

      • Heredity, parents have dry skin
      • Feel drier than your own age group
      • Almost totally acne-free adolescence
      • Skin tightening a few hours after washing
      • Complexion ruddy & pink cheek, especially in Winter

Dry skin is often thin, fine & quite sensitive to sun damage. Young skin that tends to be dry does not necessarily lack of oil, but simply the loss of water by evaporation from the skin cells. Do not be confused with mature skin that is dry, with a dull & yellowish complexion.

To care for dry skin is simply keeping the water level of these cells as normal as possible. Cleanse your face with non-drying cleanser to exfoliate the flaky, dehydrated cell. Use skin care with natural moisturizing factors (NMF's) that encourage the skin to hold water.

      Oily Skin:

      • Heredity, parents have oily skin
      • Adolescence acne moderate to severe
      • Oily and limply hair a day after shampoo
      • Oily film on face, feeling sticky

Past adolescence, some people still has sensitive oil glands that react to hormone changes, food and even change of weather. This type of skin is prone to adult acne. Adult oily skin, unlike the teenage version, must be treated differently. Oily skin does not need a moisturizer, just daily cleansing and toning to rid excess oil on the face. Oily skin should use an astringent with no moisturizing ingredient (in most good toners) and mild exfoliating agent for control. Use a mask occasionally, but not when acne is erupting.

    refer to:
      Bio-Skin Care Regimen Section for specific recommendation of usage for different skin types.
      Phlorogine Treatment Sections for acne and problem skin.
      Exfoliare Sections Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids(AHA/BHA) for aging skin.
      Elixir C Sections for Oil-free antioxidant vitamin C, fortified with E.
      DermaFade Sections for Brown, age spots, splotches, freckles & other darkened color areas!
      Sea Legend Sections for superb moisturizing/treatment cream.

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