Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Different Skin Types Explained

The way your skin behaves and reacts determines the type of skin you have. Basic skin types include oily, dry, combination, normal and sensitive. The skin on your face is the best guide to classifying your skin type.

An easy way to find out what type of skin you have is to cleanse your face, wait an hour and then take a tissue and wipe your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.

If the tissue picks up oily residue from all these areas, you have oily skin; if it picks up oil only from the forehead, nose and chin (T-zone), you have combination skin; if it picks up dry, flaky skin, you have dry skin; and if you do not find oil or flakes, you have normal skin.

Beyond the basic skin types, you may also have sensitive skin. Although sensitive skin is often dry, any type of skin can be sensitive. Sensitive skin is usually thin, delicate, reacts quickly to hot and cold temperatures, is easily subject to sun and wind burns and is prone to allergic reactions.

No matter what type of skin you have, using cleansing and moisturizing products twice a day is an important part of having healthy, attractive skin. Choose products that are designed for your particular skin type for maximum results.

Knowing the different skin types, and which one you have, is the first step toward choosing a skin routine that makes you look and feel your very best.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What Your Cosmetics and Lotions Could be Doing To You

The end of the summer is the ideal time to assess your cosmetics and lotions to throw away old ones that could be past their prime and cause skin irritation.

Because most skin care products and cosmetics do not have expiration dates, it is difficult to know which ones are bad.

Experts recommend:
  • you smell the product because if it contains bacteria, it will have a distinctive odor;
  • you check the texture of the product and if it is lumpy or thick, it is time to get rid of it;
  • you consider when you purchased the product and if you can't remember the year, it is definitely time to let it go;
  • and you should replace your makeup sponges weekly.
Using old or contaminated products can cause blemishes, skin rashes and even eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

According to dermatologist Dr. Angela Bowers, "It's difficult to know because cosmetics usually don't include expiration dates. The bacteria can get in there and the preservatives might not be working quite as well as they were when you first opened it. If you get some of that in your eye you may develop conjuctivitus which we know as pink-eye. Some women may develop a peri-oral dermatitis from using some old, expired makeup that might irritate the skin and cause little red bumps that look like acne."

For attractive, healthy skin you should replace your cosmetics and lotions every three to six months.


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Thursday, March 01, 2007

New, Free Skin Care Reports - Free Tips & Advice

Wanted to let you know...we've added 3 free skin care reports to the Resources page of ChinaDollSkin.com. All 3 are full of tips and advice covering:

1. Preventing & Treating Acne
2. Taking Care of Sensitive Skin
3. Keeping Your Skin's Youth

Check them out - and feel free to share them with your friends & family.

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