What’s Your Type?

To figure out your skin type, focus on how your skin feels right after it’s washed. If it’s tight, you need a moisturizer and a creamy cleanser as opposed to a foamy one. But if your face is oily and you have large pores, there is no need for moisturizer.
If you are using the right skin care there should be no sensation or activity.

If you are oily at the end of the day, if your skin looks shiny and slick with oil accumulation on the T-zone and nose, your skin is classified as oily. Some moisturizers on the market contain hyaluronic acid, which acts as a humectant – an ingredient that helps the skin retain moisture without the use of oil. 

In addition to confusion over skin type, professionals cite misuse of products as an issue that produces skin problems. Clients are so used to wanting to feel a product on their faces, rather than know it’s penetrating and doing its job, they use too much or not the proper ones.

For daily skin care, use simple products formulated to skin type. Of course, sunscreen should be worn – without fail – year-round. It’s one product you simply cannot overuse. Leave repair work – products that focus on feeding the skin – to the evening since the sun breaks down vitamin C and glycolic treatments. And, sleeping skin chemistry is more receptive to repair.

Across the board, dermatologists emphasize that it’s never too late to focus on skin care. And while they prefer clients to start early, since prevention is best, most say the right products can slow the clock’s ticking. Listen to the experts; not the hype. Ask your skin care therapist to evaluate your skin and devise an at-home plan together. It will do you, and your skin, some good. 

Excerpted from an article originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2004.
Copyright 2004. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
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