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Category: skin care

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Have you ever gone up to the skincare counter and asked for a new face cream and found after a couple of days that it just wasn’t moisturising enough or it was too rich?

That’s because knowing your skin type is only a small part of the problem.

There are 3 main skin types: Oily, Combination and Dry.

Oily

Lots of large open pores, blackheads especially on the forehead, nose and chin, and some spots. A layer of grease on your skin by midday and your skin is fairly often shiny and can be a little thick in texture.

Combination

Finer, drier skin on cheeks but open pores on nose, forehead and chin and some shine or oil on skin, especially on your nose by midday or tea time. This is the most common skin type.

Dry

No shine on skin. Often feels tight and sometimes a little flaky. Your pores are mostly quite tight and small and your skin is a fine, smooth texture.

The next thing to know is what your skin condition is.

Sensitive

Feels irritated easily by most products and reddens easily when exposed to many products. Make-up can make it feel irritated or suddenly very dry or sore. Sensitive skin can be caused by using skin care that is too harsh or perfumed for you. Exhaustion, stress and worry can make your skin easily irritated too.

Mature

Skin roughly over the age of 40 that may show lines around the eyes especially or have sagging in the skin tone.  Although everybody’s  skin  gets to being “mature” in time, some lifestyle habits can worsen it, such as over exposure to the sun, too much booze, cigarettes  or unhealthy food.

Dehydrated

Can have the look sometimes of being silvery. If you look closely in the mirror and gently press your skin you see a lot of very tiny lines all over your face.  Dehydration can be caused by not drinking enough plain water, too much salt in our diets, not enough fruit and veg, having the heating on when its cold (although we’re all going to, right?) and even air conditioning.

Acne

Very angry spots with yellow heads coming up frequently, very open pores, blackheads, may be very oily. It’s caused by fluctuating hormones and is most common in teenagers though it can occur at any age. The very first thing to do with acne is to see a doctor in order to find out what you are dealing with and to explore options.

When you know this you can go to the next (and best) bit.

What is your concern? Or: What bothers you about your skin the most?

For example, my skin is combination, mature and dehydrated. My concern is the mature part, I’m not very bothered about the combination part, but I can’t use too many heavy creams without it getting a bit blocked. So I use cleanser  for normal skin  or dry skin, exfoliate once a week with a scrub, a little clay mask once a fortnight and moisturiser  for dry, dehydrated skin and a night oil for anti-ageing to keep lines at bay. This takes care of the little oiliness that I have but addresses my concerns with ageing as my main focus.

So what bothers you? Is it lines? Worry about it getting older? It feels tight? It’s really greasy? Firmness? Sagging under the eyes? Wrinkles around lips? Be honest with yourself because it really is important that you know what you want to work on.

Remember these items as you learn about your skin and remember that knowing your skin will help you choose the right skin care first time.

Happy Shopping!

By the way, I love to hear how you get on so go ahead and share your own tips or questions,  or if you found this useful, please do leave a comment.

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Dull Jaded Skin?

Is your skin jaded and dull after Christmas? It’s not surprising if like most of us you’ve been inside with lots of tea and booze, crisps and chocolates. It’s what we do while we’re having holiday with the family and I’m certainly not complaining.

 But our skins do show the after effects of this and can be greasy, dull or dry.  Try doing a quick revival on your face and give it a deep cleanse using a clay mask. Even if you have dry skin this is a good one to do, so long as you don’t use it too often. They work by absorbing oil, lifting it right off your skin and so helps your pores to be tighter and your skin to look brighter and fresher.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a cleaning cream or milk using a warm cloth to remove it.  Lay a thick layer of the clay mask over your skin and be sure to avoid your eyes and cover your T zone (forehead and nose) and leave on as directed. Usually 5 minutes for a dry skin and up to 15 for an oily skin. Wash it off with lots of warm water and then bathe with cool water to finish. 
Afterwards use a serum or a night cream to pack some hydration in, or if you have one, use a facial oil and give your skin a little massage. It’s a wonderful pick me up for a jaded skin.
 If you’re doing this in the morning, just apply your day cream, and make-up as normal. it will look much better and smoother. 

Don’t forget to drink a couple of big glasses of water today too!

I’d love to hear any questions that you have with skin care, just post them here or tweet me @gorgeousness_