One of the first things that we notice in a person is their face. We automatically judge them by the clearness of their skin, the brightness of their eyes and the readiness of their smile. Women are always interested in getting fairer, clearer skin because it means showing off their youth and beauty. A woman who has smooth unwrinkled skin and a definite lack of blemishes is sure to be a hit among the opposite sex because she possesses a clear indication of her fertility.
Well, everyone wants that. But how do we achieve it?
The best way to have a clearer and healthier complexion is to understand your skin type. You might be thinking, “Why is it so important to know your skin type? Everyone knows it’s just skin! What difference will it make?” It’s simply because knowing yourself is using your qualities to your best advantage. Using a product that is not suited to your skin type might not deliver the same results with the specific product that it was developed for. It’s as simple as that. Use the correct products for your skin and there will be an difference.
There are five known basic skin types: Oily, sensitive, dry, sun-damaged and combination. This is determined by how much- or how little – oil your facial skin produces. Several factors affect the oil production like your genes (look at your family), diet (look at your food), stress levels (is it that time of the month again?), medication (look at what you’re taking) and skin care regimen (what are you exactly doing?).
How to know your Skin Type
If you don’t know what kind of skin type you have, try what we can call the “skin test”. This is so easy that you can do it in five minutes. Firstly, you have to wash your face and pat it dry. Take a few pieces of rice paper to press on different parts on your face such as your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. If your skin is oily, the paper will stick and absorb it. If the paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oily spots, it’s definite that you possess dry skin. If it sticks on any part of your T-Zone , that’s your forehead, chin and nose- then you have combination skin. (Relax, 70% of women have combination skin!) . Everyone is aware that we possess different skin types but are we aware that we have different ways to take care of it?
One of them is through eating correctly. Did you know that choosing the right food and correct products for your skin type is very important? You are what you eat, as the saying goes. It’s important to understand that what we put into our bodies directly affects our appearance and well-being. To achieve a healthier complexion, we must drink water and eat plenty of the right foodstuffs. You must learn to avoid foods that are high in fat, alcohol and even high quantities of sugar. Even smoking is dangerous to your health and your skin!
For a quick peek at the different kinds of skin types, their distinguishing characteristics and the best foods to compliment it take a look below:
Your skin tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. It’s prone to acquiring blackheads and blemishes. You might experience some tightness in your face in the morning. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, papaya and peanuts. Avoid dairy products like butter and red meat. Also, you must avoid any kind of fried food. The consumption of these foods will increase the production of oil in your body. You know that that means… More oil! In terms of organic products, I often recommend oatmeal soaps to combat the oiliness, exfoliate the face and promote moisture.
If you have sensitive skin, it tends to be thin and delicate with fine pores. You’ll notice that it flushes very easily; frequently allergic and full of rashes that break out anytime. You must increase your vitamin A and C intake. This is available in mangoes, carrots and even kiwis. You also should avoid spicy foods and any kind that will give you rashes. You must be very, very careful about choosing your facial products since you have the tendency to break out at the slightest provocation. Consult an aesthetician or dermatologist for advice on what’s the best product for you.
Your dry skin feels tight and it looks dull. You’ve probably noticed that it also has a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your dry skin. Nuts with hard shells are also a good source of good proteins. Avoid fast-food, French fries and biscuits. You must also take in plenty of vitamins A and C to promote healthy glowing skin. Dry skin can benefit from organic kiwi soaps, cucumber soaps and even any soap that has plenty of moisturizing qualities. You need to begin moisturizing it from inside and out.
It has medium pores, a smooth texture and a nice healthy color that shows off your true skin tone. Most of the time, it tends towards dryness at the cheeks and oily on the T-Zone. This can be concealed with proper makeup techniques. If you possess this kind of skin, you should aim to have more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Avoid food with fat content like the plague. Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins. Combination skin is usually not sensitive towards beauty products but it can benefit from moisturizing organic soaps.
Awareness increases our knowledge. If we know what people see when they look at our faces then we can care for it more. If we don’t pay any attention to our diet, sleep and skin care regime then we can’t blame anyone for having an unattractive face. Eating well and caring for it well is the first step to having beautiful clear skin. If we take care of it properly then we can say that we have a face that we deserve.