Nature Secret: Knowing Your Skin Type

Ojebola Hikmah Damilola
Knowing your skin type is crucial in determining which products would be the most beneficial. Using the wrong products can actually make your skin worse than improving your skin in the first place.
Some products are too harsh for the skin and contain drying ingredients such as Sulfates, which can heighten dryness without treating the concern. This ingredient is found mostly in cleansers, washing your face with a Cleanser containing Sulfate strips the water from your skin and creates a build up of dead, dry cells.  This is why it is important to always check what is included in your Skin products, to see whether you are causing more damage than good.
There are different types of skin, which requires different method of treatment, basically there are four different types of skin. They are: 
Oily , Dry, Normal, Combination and Sensitive skin.
Oily skin has enlarge pores, dull or shiny and thick complexion, black heads, pimples or other blemishes.
Dry skin has visible pores, dull, rough complexion, red patches, less elasticity and more visible lines. When expose to drying factors, skin can crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If your skin is dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of ur hands, arms and legs.
Normal skin is not too dry, not too oily. It has no or few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, barely visible pores, a radiant complexion.
Combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily else where such as the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). It can produce overly dilated pores, black heads and shiny skin. 
Sensitive skin reacts quickly to changes which can be environmental or due to cosmetics and sometimes water. A person with sensitive skin tends to have patches and inflammation and may consider changing cosmetics every season.
How do I determine the type of my skin? 
Step 1
Wash your face to remove make-up. Wash with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. This cleans away oils and dirt that may have accumulated during your day, giving your skin a fresh start. Do not over wash though.
Step 2
Wait for 30mins. During this time, your skin should return to its natural state, the characteristics of which will determine your skin type. Act normally and don't touch your face.
Step 3
Dab your face with a tissue. Pay attention to the 'T-zone'-the area of your forehead and nose.
Step 4
Skin falls into four types-
Dry and 
Normal skin shows neither oil nor flaking skin. It should feel supple and smooth. If you have it, consider yourself lucky.
Oily skin is characterized by the grease on the tissue. It is also common for a person with oily skin to have large pores and a shine.
Dry skin may feel taut or show flakes of dead skin. It is associated with small pores. Moisturizing is important for this skin type.
Combination skin is most common. It exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. Usually, the skin is oily in the T-zone and normal to dry elsewhere.

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