This guest post is written by Tina Antony. Thanks!
Skin care products are there to help nourish and protect our skin from damage and wear. The sun, the weather, even the makeup we use all contribute to the damage our skin incurs. It can even cause our regenerative ability to fall short. Therefore, choosing the right product based on your skin type is the only way to go.
Many skincare products can be found all over the internet, though it is best to keep to the known brands and websites. Quack skin care products may be cheap but they are dangerous for your skin, and should be avoided at all costs. Search out the recognised websites that sell skin care products. Many of these also widen their range of care, and go into other products such as nail care or hair care.
Always take care to choose a product that will compliment your skin and/or help it combat against unwanted effects, such as dryness or greasiness.
Knowing Your Skin Type
Knowing what your skin is like and what affects it is important, especially when you trying to decide what sort of skin care product is good for your skin. There are basically 5 skin types, though medical problems and other anomalies need to be taken note of as well. These types are normal, sensitive, dry, oily and a combination.
A normal skin type has the least amount of problems in care and appearance. The oil output, elasticity and suppleness are all normal. The skin should look smooth and clean, and with a healthy complexion. It is easy to take care of normal skin, as they require less drastic measures to even everything out.
Dry skin types feel flaky and tight, and are prone to developing premature wrinkles and a sallow skin tone. While fine for young people, it requires a lot of thorough care with age.
Sensitive skin is a harsher form of dry skin and is generally very dry and tight, and is easily irritated. It is the most problematic and delicate type of skin, and requires a great deal of research in order to find the right products.
Oily skin is a more problematic skin, as it tends to look greasy and shiny. People with oily skin usually have large pores, and are prone to becoming riddled with spots, though wrinkles are no longer a problem.
Combination skin types are the most common type of skins, and are generally a combination of dry and oily skin. Patches of skin will be dry, such as the cheek areas, while other patches will be oily, like the nose. Due to this the skin requires several types of care in different facial areas.
Testing your skin type is relatively simple, and there are several ways to do so. The easiest is to simply use tissue paper to wipe your face just after you wake up in the morning. Normal, sensitive and dry skin types will leave no trace of oil, while oily skin will leave traces of oil, particularly if swiped on the nose, cheek or forehead. Combination skin types will leave oil traces only from the forehead and nose.
Why Worry About What Sort of Product to Use?
You should always research the right product for you before buying something. This will not only save money, but also the time you may spend constantly trying different products in search of the right one. Your skin will also be spared from products that may do more harm than good. If in doubt, ask your dermatologist on your skin type and advice on the products you should use.
Tina writes about how consumers could go about choosing the right skincare products and hair care products. Her articles are very helpful for women and men alike.