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Care for your Skin Type

Skin types cannot be altered but they can be kept in check with a suitable skin care routine.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 04, 2003 20:00 IST
PTI

Skin types cannot be altered permanently but they can be kept temporarily in check with a suitable skin care routine. To discover your skin type, do the following:

    Cleanse your face thoroughly.

    Remove all traces of make-up, but do not tone or moisturise.

    Leave the skin to settle for a few hours without cosmetics.

    Examine it carefully in natural daylight, using a good mirror or a magnifying one.

Oily Skin

The main hallmark of an oily skin is an overall shine. The skin is often sallow and its texture may be coarse, the opening of the sebaceous glands, or pores, may be particularly noticeable. Oily skin tends to attract dirt and dust more readily than dry skin.

While it is often besieged with spots and blackheads at puberty, oily skin can be a blessing as the excess sebum helps to prevent the skin from drying out.

Care

It benefits from water, so washing with ordinary soap or a wash off cleanser is ideal. After cleansing, remove excess oil with an astringent.

Skin TypeIdentification
Oily SkinHas a shine
Dry SkinLooks dry and flaky and often feels taut
Combination SkinOily in some parts of the face and dry in others


(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)



First Published: Jul 04, 2003 20:00 IST