Before you start a skincare program, it is important to identify the type of skin you have. Bear in mind that the condition of the skin changes week by week and month by month and can alter dramatically over the course of a lifetime, so be prepared to vary your routine to match your current complexion. For instance, the skin produces more sebum at certain times of the month, and this will affect the oiliness of the skin.
Test to determine your skin type
Before you wash your face in the morning, press a large open tissue against your face, holding it in place for a few moments. Now hold the tissue up to the light. If it is completely clean, your skin is dry and possibly sensitive. If there is a trace of sebum, your skin is normal. If there is a clear T-shaped imprint of sebum from the nose and forehead you have combination skin. A complete print of your face is a sign of oily skin.
Each person’s skin is individual but tends to fall into one of four main types; dry skin, oily skin, combination skin or sensitive skin, depending on the level of activity of the sebaceous glands. Your skin type will determine the texture of your skin and what kind of skin care routine you need.
Dark haired, dark skinned women often have oily skin, which is the result of overactive sebaceous glands. Oily skin is prone to breakouts, and often has a shiny film all over, particularly on the nose and cheeks. It is frequently large pored and coarser looking than dry skin. Although younger girls with oily skin often find they have continual breakouts and acne, oily skin is less likely to wrinkle early.
Oily skin looks shiny and has enlarged pores, giving it a thick appearance, due to the excess secretion of sebum. If you don’t maintain a thorough cleansing routine, these pores not only hold grease and dirt but also stale sweat and make-up, which can lead to other skin problems. If you have a very oily diet this also shows itself on your face. If you use a soap-free facial wash follow this with an oil-based cleanser, since sebum dissolves in oil and not water. Apply to the skin twice daily, massaging well in, and then remove with damp cotton wool. You could also use a toner made from rosewater to remove any final traces of dirt. If you suffer from spots or acne try tea tree oil. This has drying and antiseptic properties without leaving behind a flaky surface.
Oily skin needs a moisturizer. Choose a light moisturizer and apply it after cleansing. Good quality moisturizers often contain ingredients such as vitamins, sunscreen, and herbal extracts that can aid oily complexions.
You have a choice between chemical based skin products and off the kitchen shelf products. The latter are low cost and are natural remedies which produce excellent results. Natural remedies should be given two weeks of regular application before you question its credibility.