Did you know that the skin is the human body’s largest organ? Its a little odd to think of skin that way but it is responsible for protecting our bodies, keeping them at just the right temperature and allows us to have the sense of touch. The skin on our face is a little different however in that when we talk of beauty regimes there are five skin ‘types’ which dictate how we should specifically care for them. They are normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. So how do you determine which one you have and what anti ageing products you should be using? Check our guide below:
Normal Skin – If your skin is normal, the surface will not have any traces of oil on it. Your skin should have no visible, open pores and when you pinch your cheeks the tissue should spring straight back. It will look clean and smooth with no broken veins and show a healthy complexion. You are lucky enough that into your old age your skin will still look smooth and healthy.
To maintain healthy looking skin, try using Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape UV SPF15 Day Cream – £12.99, which contains an amazing ingredient from red grapes, used in very expensive day creams. It will keep your complexion looking vibrant and protect you from the suns damaging UV rays at the same time.
Dry Skin – If your skin is dry it will often feel tight and stiff after washing and cleansing. It may have dry, flaky patches, fine wrinkles and tiny pores, and it is very prone to aging and irritation.
You will find that small expression lines are already forming, even in young people and although it may still look good, you need to make sure you have a beauty regime in place so that when you are older the wrinkles do not get larger. Try Olay Deep Wrinkle Complex £29.99, containing Pro-Retinal and Niacinamide, this product penetrates deep into your skin’s surface, helping to intensely hydrate and combat the appearance of wrinkles.
Oily Skin – Oily skin typically looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny, has enlarged pores, and tends to have outbreaks of spots and acne. The T zone on your face is always shiny and you may have to clean your face of the oil several times a day. One good thing however, it is not prone to ageing or wrinkles as the oil keeps it moisturised.
Careful cleaning, minimizing of carbohydrate consumption, and avoiding rich food can be helpful in improving the quality of oily skin. Lancome Visionnaire £57 is expensive but shrinks open pores and helps to correct blemishes brought on by acne and spots.
Combination Skin – is just that, a combination of both dry and oily skin, and it requires different types of care in relation to particular facial areas. The dry areas are typically the cheeks and around the eyes and should be treated with rich creams and moisturizers, whilst the oily areas, usually the T zone of the forehead, nose and shin, will benefit from frequent and thorough cleaning.
Try L’Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 Multi Active Daily Moisturiser – £9.99. It is a multi tasking anti ageing treatment that won’t clog your pores but will moisturise the dry areas effectively.
Sensitive Skin – usually feels very tingly after applying rich products, tends to be very dry and feels tight, and becomes inflamed and irritated easily. Typically it develops reddish and scaly areas, can be red most of the year round, and is prone to breaking into spots.
It is the most problematic and fragile type of skin, which needs a very special type of care. Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Anti Wrinkle Night Cream £8.49, is an effective anti-age skin care with 95% ingredients of natural origin. Free from parabens, silicones, colourants and mineral oils.