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The secret of glowing skin is to know what it really needs – we are unique, and each one of us is made differently from the rest. Our skin may have specific needs and problem areas that cannot be addressed by products made for normal skin. That is why it is our job to find out what category we fall under, and stick with skin care products that are made for especially for us. This article will show you how to max out your skin’s natural beauty – and how to keep it that way, starting right now.

Normal Skin Type

This skin type is the easiest to manage, basically because it falls under the ‘a-little-of-each’ category: not too dry, not too oily. If you have this kind of skin type, you’ll notice how smooth and radiant your skin is, because it reflects light evenly. The best part is, you don’t break out that often. It is not too sensitive, so imagine the multitude of products you can try on your skin if you have a normal skin type. To enhance your already natural glow, you can use your good ol’ moisturizer and serums with a light, non-greasy base. Use gentle and effective skin care products that can help maintain the radiance and texture your skin has.

Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive skin types are the hardest ones to please because you can’t use just any skin care product out there – it has to be hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals. For this type of skin, it is better to consult a dermatologist first to help you select a product that can suit your needs. Your daily skin care regimen should be simplified and should exclude harsh scrubbing and exfoliation.

Dry/Very Dry Skin Type

When you feel that you’ve had a dry spell on your skin for ages, you’ve gotta do something. Our skin is made up of about 60-70% water and even just a slight deviation will render us uncomfortable. For this skin type, hydration is key, and will keep the discomfort and itch at bay. For starters, drinking at least 2-3 liters of water daily can make the difference, and this practice should be a priority regardless of skin type. Dry skin types must use skin care products which are gentle enough to cleanse skin and at the same time, maintain its moisture and suppleness. Moisturizers and cleansers with a heavy base may be a product of choice for women with this kind of skin. Some spray water might help too.

Oily/Very Oily Skin Type

If your face feels too dewy for comfort most of the time, you may have oily skin (or very oily skin, for that matter). Your pores may enlarge, you might have occasional or frequent breakouts, you may even have a dull complexion due to that film of grime-infused oil on your face. In managing this kind of skin type, you would need to adhere to a daily skin care regimen that actually works for you. You might be tempted to over-wash most of the time, but remember: it may make matters worse. Over-washing stimulates the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce even more natural oil, to counter the drying effects. Use a suitable toner that can help control oil production and still hydrate the skin. Also, you can still use a light moisturizing cream if you have mild oily skin. Otherwise, stay away from oil-based products.
Combination Skin Type

This skin type is sort of ambiguous, because different regions have a corresponding moisture level. Maybe some parts of your skin have hyperactive sebaceous glands than the rest (usually the T-zone for most people), or other parts are dry and too stripped of moisture. Choose products that can accommodate the different needs your skin has. If your T-zone oils up too much, you may use an astringent after washing your face. Use a hydrating face mask once or twice a week to boost your skin’s moisture and radiance. You can use a heavy moisturizer for those dry patches on your skin.

As a general rule for all skin types, let your skin breathe from all the harsh cosmetics. As much as possible, go out with a face devoid of make-up so that it can rest. Protect your skin from harsh UV rays by applying some sunscreen on your face every day. Also, your diet plays a role in caring for your skin. Skin cells need nutrients, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates for repair and restoration. A balanced diet is key, and a supplementation of Vitamins A, C, and E would really go a long way. Keep your skin happy, and it will do you wonders!

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