Taking care of your skin is very important and one of the most important things to know is what skin type you have. Not knowing this can have disastrous consequences for your skin as you might choose the wrong way to look after your skin and the wrong products to use on it. It can really damage your skin as if you don't know your skin type and you have oily skin and keep on applying oil-based cream on your skin, your skin will break into acne and pimples.
All skin types need a different skin care regime and different kinds of cosmetics for each type. The types of skin are normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and sensitive skin.
Normal skin: Normal skin has an even tone, soft, a smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas. This type of skin has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It glows with an inner health which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health.
Oily skin: Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look. The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.
Dry skin: Dry skin has a low level of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. It usually feels "tight" and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied. Chapping and cracking are signs of extremely dry, dehydrated skin.
Combination skin: Combination skin is a combination of both oily and dry skin. There is a greasy center panel consisting of nose, forehead and chin and a dry panel consisting of cheeks, mouth and the areas around the eyes. This type of skin is very common, and it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin.
Sensitive skin: This skin is sensitive to dirt, dust, sun and most creams, soaps and lotions. It gets itchy redness and patches on it. It breaks out easily. One has to be very careful while using anything on sensitive skin. One should use mild skin products such as face wash, moisturizers and face packs specially made for sensitive skin. One cannot use perfumed soaps and lotions on sensitive skin.
Each and every one of us has a different type of skin. Each of these different types has its own special needs that require special products. The brands will promise you results, but often the ingredients they contain hurt your skin depending on which type of skin you have. They also do not contain enough of the skin helpers to make promised differences for you. Save your money and shop for the right ingredients to benefit your skin and give you that healthy, younger look you really deserve!