and Skin Care:
It is really
important for you to be able to identify your skin
type. This is to enable you to look after your skin
selection of your cosmetics is, to a considerable
extent, influenced by your skin type. Although no two skins
are exactly similar most have characteristics which enable
them to be grouped into one of the following types: Dry
skin, Normal skin, Combination skin and Oily skin.
To determine your skin type, wash your face with a mild face
wash. Then, after 30 minutes, press a clean tissue against
your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. If the tissue shows
no trace of oil, then you have dry skin. Dry skin
looks rough and is prone to premature fine lines and
wrinkles. If your skin is oily in some parts but dry
in others, then you have combination skin. Normal
skin usually looks smooth and is not prone to break
outs. Oily skin feels oily to touch and tends to
shine. Oily skin is also prone to blackheads and pimples. A
sensitive skin needs special care, as it may be sensitive to
some ingredients found in popular cosmetics. Those with
sensitive skin should always use beauty aids that are
hypoallergenic to protect their skin from allergic
reactions. A regular skin care programmed, adapted to
the needs of your particular skin type, and goes a
long way in keeping your skin radiant and problem
– Dry Skin: Dry skin
needs extra care, as it is prone to fine lines and
wrinkles. This is especially true during the winter months
when it feels even drier and may feel too taut or may even
flake. A few measures help alleviate dryness and keep your
skin supple and, at the same time, guard against
1. Always wash your face with a mild, soap-free face
wash. Never use soap, as that would further strip your
skin of natural oil.
2. Always use a moisturizer during the day. Use upward,
circular motion to lightly massage the moisturizer
into your face. Make sure not to pull or tug your
3. You should consider using a night cream before going
to bed at night. It is advisable to use a cream that
contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids(or AHA’s, as they’re
commonly known).AHA’s are derived from sources such
as milk, fruit and sugar-cane. These acids gently
exfoliate the dry, dead, outermost layers of skin
while they moisturize the newly revealed layers. They
greatly benefit complexions that look dull, dry or flaky and
they give your skin a beautiful glow.
4. Both AHA and Vitamin C help reduce fine lines and
other signs of aging. Thus, you may get good results
quickly by using a moisturizer or cream that contains
Vitamin C during the day and an AHA-based night
cream. Most known brands have moisturizers and creams
that contain these.
5. If you have dry skin that tends to flake off, looks
red and has some itchy patches that scab, consult
your doctor to rule out eczema. Eczema, also known as
atopic dermatitis, is generally considered to be a
hereditary condition that can occur throughout the
year. Other causes of eczema can be fabrics such as
wool, some skin-care products or detergents etc.Your
doctor may prescribe a cream to soothe the redness
and irritation.Non-irriating fabrics such as cotton also help
6.Many people suffer from weather-related dry skin. If
the weather in the winter months is normally drier
and this tends to dehydrate your skin, regular use of
moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and supple.
Home Remedies For Dry Skin
1. Add 1/2 tsp
of rose water to 1 tsp of honey and gently
apply to the face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes, and
then wash off with tepid water. Honey moisturizes and
soothes dry skin, and is gentle enough for daily use.
you face regularly with almond oil or olive oil
works wonders for dry skin.
1/4 of an apple. Peel off the skin and grate. Cool
in the refrigerator. Apply it on the skin and leave it
on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water. Apple helps
soothe dry skin and gives it a pleasant glow.
4. Take 1
tbsp of cream. Stir lightly till it becomes a
smooth paste. Apply to face and neck before bath. Cream
helps remove suntan and makes your skin silky and
Normal Skin Normal skin is usually trouble-free and needs
simple care to keep it healthy and glowing. Normal
skin also tolerates most popular lotions and creams
as well. A regular skin-care program combined with a
balanced, healthy diet helps keep normal skin stay
supple and young. Regular care for normal skin should
include a few simple steps.
1. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing daily keeps
normal skin in great shape for a long time. It is
advisable to use natural products on your skin.
2. Itâ€™s easy to take trouble-free skin for granted.
But, if neglected, it will begin to develop fine lines
and wrinkles. So always remember to nourish and
moisturize your skin.
3. Creams and lotions that contain vitamin A, C and E
help improve the texture of your skin, making it
smoother and softer. Moreover, these vitamins counter
the effects of free radicals.
4. Even if your skin is normal, you still have to give
it regular care. Your skin, like any other skin type,
is constantly assaulted by free radicals. Free
radicals are molecules formed in the skin when it is
exposed to the environment, pollution, or sunlight.
Home Remedies For Normal Skin
- Mash 1/4 of a
ripe banana. Apply on the face, taking care to
avoid the areas under the eye. Leave it on for
10 minutes, then wash off with cool water. Banana is
excellent to do away with dead skin that makes your skin
look lifeless. Regular use of banana gives your skin a
fresh, healthy glow.
Combination Skin: Skin that is oily in some parts but
dry or normal in others is considered as combination
skin. The oily skin is concentrated on the T-zone,
which is across the forehead, down the nose and chin.
Whenever you wash your face, you may find that some
areas of your face feel tight after washing; and that these
parts look dull or feel dry and rough whereas the T-zone looks
shiny, feels oily to touch and is prone to pimples and
blackheads. Combination skin needs special attention
because the dry parts of your face need to be
considered, whereas the oily parts need to be kept
clean to avoid breakouts. Follow these simple tips
each day and see what a difference they make to your
1. Cleanse your entire face twice a day. Always use a
mild cleanser to gently remove dirt, grime and make-up
from your face.
2. The dry areas of your face need to be moisturized to
prevent the formation of premature wrinkles. Use a
good moisturizer on the dry parts of your face, and
if possible, use an oil-free moisturizer on your
3. If you use make-up, try and use oil-free/shine
control type of make-up on the T-zone. These products are
easily available in the market today and help absorb
all the excess oil secretion and control the shine.
4. If you have a combination skin, your skin will
greatly benefit from AHA and Vitamin C moisturizers and
creams. Products that contain AHA tend to normalize the
Home Remedies For Combination Skin
1. Always keep a
small bottle of rose water in the
refrigerator. Saturate a bit of clean cotton with cool
rose water and dab liberally on your face. Enjoy the
2. Take 3-4
tbsp of ripe, deseeded papaya pulp. Mash well
and cool in the refrigerator. Apply on face and leave it
on for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with cool water.
Papaya helps normalize combination or oily skin and
gives it a beautiful healthy glow.
Oily Skin Skin that looks oily, feels greasy to touch and
is prone to blackheads and pimples is known as oily
skin. It is imperative to keep oily skin clean and to
control the excess secretion of oil. On the positive
side, oily skin tends to age more gradually as
compared to other skin types, as natural oil protects
oily skin from fine lines and wrinkles. A simple but
regular skin-care programmed coupled with a well-balanced,
healthy diet helps manage oily skin and minimizes skin
1.It is essential to cleanse your face twice a day,
once in the morning and once at bedtime. Always use a
mild cleanser. They help prevent clogged pores and
2. Follow up the cleanser with an astringent as this
will remove all excess oil. It is best to avoid an
alcohol-based astringent. Instead, it is advisable to use
natural products. Alcohol-based products strip too
much oil from the face.
3.If your skin does break out, do not touch or squeeze
the pimples. Pimples, if squeezed, may leave
permanent scars. There are a number of effective
pimple creams available in the market today. Consult a
dermatologist to know which one is best suited for
4. If possible, get your face professionally cleansed
once a month.
5. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day. Water
helps flush out toxins from the body.
6. Avoid fried foods and chocolates.
7. Make sure that you eat a well-balanced diet which
includes fruits and green leafy vegetables daily.
Home Remedies For Oily Skin
1. Keep a bowl
of water in the fridge and splash this cold
water on your face 3-4 times a day. Cold water will not
only leave you feeling refreshed but will also tighten
2. Neem leaves
are excellent for pimples. Crush washed neem
leaves to form a paste and apply this to the affected
parts. Leave it on for at least an hour.Neem will help
the pimples dry up faster.
3. For marks
and blemishes left behind by pimples use
calamine lotion. Just dab some lotion on the blemishes
at bedtime and they will gradually fade away.
4. A great pack
for oily skin is the chilled cucumber. Finely
grate cucumber or blends a cucumber in the
blender to form a paste. Chill in the fridge. Apply it
on the face and relax for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold
water. For best results, repeat twice a week, on a
clean, cleansed face.
[DISCLAIMER : Information provided here is just for informational purposes only . It is not meant to substitute for medical advise provided by your physician or other medical professional . You should not use the informations for your treatment purpose .For any disease please consult your physician .]