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Determining Your Skin Type Is Not A Complex Affair At All. (pt.2)
Skin Care For Different Skin Types (part 2)
Caring for Combination Skin
For those with combination skin, choosing products that suit both the dry parts and the greasy parts is a
difficult task. Sometimes, it may be better to simply use two different products for either. However, most
people can care effectively for this skin type by choosing their skincare products from a range that is
specially designed for combination skin.
When it comes to dealing with specific skin problems, it is relatively easy to use the product, say, an acne
treatment gel, only on the affected or problem prone areas. For instance, you could use the acne cream
over your T-zone and use a moisturizer around the eyes and over your cheeks where the skin is dry and
Antioxidant rich products or those containing cell communicating ingredients are a good choice for people
with combination skin. If the greasiness is causing most of the skin problems you encounter, then light
weight gels, serums and lotions are the better choice.
If you are breaking out more after the use of a specific product, it is likely that you are allergic to
ingredients it contains. Avoiding this product could correct your skin problem and also make your skin
more balanced and easier to care for.
Cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser is the very first step in combination skin care. Water soluble
products are the best as they help avoid dryness and irritation. Gel based cleansers or mild foaming ones
are perfect to control the breakouts in the oily parts of your face. But if your skin is already irritated or sun
burned, opting for a lotion cleanser may be a better option. If a toner is part of your daily skin care regimen
then use only products that have no alcohol, menthol or fragrances. Citrus oils are also best avoided in
Use an effective sunblock no matter how short your trip outside is going to be. Sunscreens and sun blocks
keep your skin looking healthier and younger for longer and keep wrinkles away. Lotion or cream
moisturizers applied to the dry areas keep the skin here problem free. But avoid these on the greasy parts
at all cost.
Caring for Sensitive Skin
This skin type is perhaps the most challenging one to care for mainly because it is very prone to irritation at
the slightest provocation. A good first step in sensitive skin care is to only use products that are labeled
fragrance free or perfume free. Fragrances can cause skin reactions; in fact, they may be the cause of more
skin reactions than any other ingredients in your skin care product.
Other things to avoid are products with too many chemicals (or preservatives). If finding a preservative
free product is proving difficult, try experimenting with different products to find the preservatives that
affect you least. Products with alcohol content are a no-no (example, some toners) as they dry out the skin
and leave it more vulnerable to irritation. Avoid oil based makeup products. To ensure that the products
you buy are suitable for your skin type, always test them out on a small area of skin that is not readily
visible to others.
What you can use are skincare products that are hypo-allergenic. Rather than face washes or soaps, use a
mild cleanser to wash your face. Keep your skin from becoming too dry by moisturizing with a water based
moisturizer. For sun protection, use a sun screen whenever you step out. Remember that sensitive skin
burns very easily when exposed to the sun’s rays.
Avoid using makeup on irritated /broken skin or rashes as this will exacerbate your problem. When drying
your skin after a wash, always pat dry rather than rub dry to keep your skin irritation free.