In order to get amazing results from my home made face and hair masks, you must know what skin and hair type you have. This is very important and is the key to proper care for your hair and also your facial skin.
Knowing the characteristics of your skin type, you can choose the appropriate creams, lotions, treatments & masks.
How to find out your skin type – normal, sensitive, dry, combination, mature or oily skin – or rosacea or acne.
Of course, after applying a single mask, you will not get miracles – a dry skin can not suddenly turn into an oily one, or vice versa – but with consistency certain skin issues can be fixed. For instance, a skin that is excessively oily CAN become normal.
By regularly respecting the needs of your skin with daily cosmetic hygiene, you will improve your skin characteristics.
What defines my skin type?
Skin types are defined by 2 factors:
- Hereditary factors – the characteristics that have been passed on by parents
- External factors – elements that influence the quality of our skin like: environmental characteristics, hormonal changes, climate, stress, and diet.
The connection between the body and the skin is extremely close. As a result every organ dysfunction is reflected on the face.
Acne, hormonal disorders, some infectious diseases, intense emotional states of mind, fear, nerve imbalances, they all have a harmful influence on metabolism, that can lead to premature wrinkles.
However you can make a big difference by eating healthy, exercising and taking care of yourself, though, I am sure, this is something you have heard millions of times by now!
Why home made face masks?
Home made face masks can reduce or even remove the undesirable effects that harm our skin.
Following a curative process obtained by using natural ingredients we can:
- Clean the surface and underlying layers of skin
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Stimulate skin metabolism by oxygenating and nourishing the tissues
What skin type do I have?
This type of skin can be recognized by small pores, almost invisible, velvety smoothness and matte texture. The normal type of skin is hydrated without excess and nourished without being shiny. Has also elasticity, a nice color to it, with a Ph at a surface of 5.5 although rarely it remains as a normal type, after youth.
However even a normal type of skin can change if its not properly cared for, or it comes in contact with factors like: pollution, improper diet, aging, climate, lack of water and vitamins.
So if you are blessed with a normal type of skin, you have to maintain it with a suitable care, stimulate and protect it!
Can be described as having sebaceous glands with a very low activity, correlated with a pronounced loss of water which leaves the skin without suppleness. This type of skin looks very thin and without flexibility which easily flakes.
Dry skin is soft and fragile, easily irritable and quite sensitive. The sebaceous glands are fewer and lazy (at least that’s how I think about my sebaceous glands… as being lazy).
There are several factors that cause the skin to turn dry or are even making it worse: the prolonged exposure to sunlight and wind, repeated saunas and steam baths as well as the use of improper cosmetics for your skin type.
It is essential to choose the right cream or treatment/mask for an appropriate care and protection.
Stress and different diseases they also alter the metabolic processes of dermis and epidermis and the lack of protection for the skin do not help either.
Unlike dry skin, the sebaceous glands are pronounced which makes it more prone to infections and the greasy pores give a yellowish color skin appearance.
Often the skin looks like orange peel is shiny and lacking flexibility.
The pores are filled with sebum which failures in removing toxins causing the appearance of blackheads and spots.
An oily skin gets worse in a hot and humid climate. In these kinds of circumstances, for adjusting body temperature the production of sweat and sebum increases, this causing more problems for the skin.
The lack of care, in time, causes the sebum to dry out in the pores due to poor circulation which is the reason for pronounced tissue oxygenation deficiency.
This happens whenever the skin can not take the necessary oxygen from the blood and air which prevents the elimination of carbon dioxide.
Combination (a mixture between types of skin)
Combination skin is when you have two or more different skin types on your face at the same time.
So part of your face might be dry and flaky while others (usually the center part of the face: nose chin and forehead, which is also known as T-zone) are oily.
There are for instance, combination skins that include dry skin, wrinkles and rosacea at the same time while having also acne at the same time.
Combination skin occurs due to various factors. At times is hereditary, though it can be quite different from person to person.
The T-zone has usually more active oil glands than other part of the face.
Another contributing aspect of combination skin can be the use of improper skin-care products.
Oil production can be stimulated by products with certain ingredients that might irritate the skin and at the same time create more redness and dry skin on the rest of the face.
At the other end there is the use of too greasy moisturizers that can make your skin feel oilier and clogging up pores.
Therefore it is safer using different products on different parts of your face if that means you will get the right product that is appropriate for your skin type.
Most people are confused when it comes to dry and sensitive skin because they don’t know the difference between them.
The big difference is that dry skin is just very dehydrated, while sensitive skin has different side effects such as itching, redness, burning stinging or swelling.
Persons with sensitive type of skin must choose carefully their cosmetic products to avoid upsetting their facial skin.
It is extremely common in puberty when the sebum secretion intensifies due to hormonal changes.
Acne is the result of germs multiplication caused by the sebum gland’s infection which can not be eliminated from the skin.
The sebum deposits infection spreads on the face and often on chest, back and arms.
However the risk of having acne exists not only in teenagers, but it is seriously present at a mature age too (25-30).
This condition can appear due to digestive problems, hormonal imbalance but also because of high stress.
Even by occasional squeezing spots or using particulars lotions and soaps that are not good for this type of skin, can result in increasing the production of sebum.
Only mild forms of acne that are not contagious can be treated with suitable natural masks.
If for instance the acne is infected with staphylococcus, a visit to the doctor is required, this being the only way in removing this condition.
Microorganisms that cause acne can be removed only with a treatment prescribed by a dermatologist.
As the skin grows older certain changes occur in our skin too.
Some of its characteristics are: the muscles from under our skin loose elasticity, becomes dryer, more wrinkled with reduced activity of sebaceous and sweat glands.
What’s more, the appearance of bags under the chin and dark circles under the eyes are favored to appear due to loss of elasticity from the skin tissue.
The causes are hormonal and metabolic imbalance, insufficient rest, prolonged stress, poor diet, various acute and chronic diseases, environmental pollution, prolonged exposure to a variety of meteorological factors (sun, wind, frost, etc).
Rosacea (red skin)
The facial skin with the presence of small dilated red blood vessels visible on the face that have a red appearance, is a Rosacea type of skin.
This is a consequence of capillary breakage.
If capillaries lose their elasticity and suddenly get a large quantity of blood, they can not expand in time so they break.
The facial local skin area in which this occurs looks pale, fragile like a network of thin red lines.
The causes for this skin type can be: hereditary, the result of too intense facial massages, sudden temperature variations, improper diets and even the use of too harsh towels or sponges.
Rosacea can not be fully corrected though there are solutions that prevent it from getting worse or spreading in new areas.
This can be achieved by avoiding sudden temperature changes or facial cleansing lotions that contain alcohol (but only infusions of linden, chamomile or mallow).
Facial masks should contain properties that calm the skin and have decongestants effect.
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