The 4 different skin types, and how to care for them.
Skincare is something that people from all walks of life should appreciate, but it is most important for teenagers. Teens have skin that is undergoing a lot of change, is affected by stress, and is a huge factor in self-esteem. Having patchy, dry, or pimply skin can really change the way you experience adolescence. No matter how many adults tell you that you shouldn’t let your skin’s condition bother you, it really does bother you.
The good news is that you’re not alone. You’re right to want to know how to make your skin look better, and to properly care for it. So, here is a quick guide on skincare tips for teenagers, and how you can care for the four major skin types out there.
This is the kind of skin that most of us dream about. Its tone is perfect; it’s soft to the touch; it’s not too dry, not too greasy; its pores aren’t too big, and it has no blemishes or imperfections. If you are one of the lucky ones that have been blessed with this kind of skin, it doesn’t get much better. Just wash your face twice or three times a day with ordinary soap and water, or a light cleansing wash. This will ensure your skin keeps looking great.
This is the kind of skin that is flaky, dull, and often itchy. Its pores are often quite small, too. Dry skin is often made worse when the air contains very little humidity, especially in winter, and can be worsened by taking excessively hot showers and washing with soap. If you have this type of skin, it is better to wash your face with a light cleanser, which won’t strip moisture from your face, and follow this up with a moisturiser (one which doesn’t contain alcohol).
This is the skin type that is most prone to acne. It is characterised by open pores, a shiny surface, and often pimples and blackheads. This skin is affected by your changing hormones as well as exam stress, and that’s not mentioning the stress that acne itself creates! This type of skin is best treated by washing your face three times a day with ordinary soap and water. Also, you can take some cleansing pads to school with you, and use those to clean your face in the middle of the day if you don’t get to wash it. It’s also good to keep your hair clean, and don’t let it touch your face, because that can increase its surface oil.
Mixed Skin Types
This is skin that contains a combination of two of the other types of skin. You might have normal or dry cheeks, and a very oily T-zone (which is your chin, nose, and forehead). This skin, like the others, is also affected by the dryness of the air, as well as your hormonal changes and stress. The best treatment for this type of skin is to wash it twice or three times a day to remove dirt and oil, and then to moisturise only the dry areas.
Just as every face is unique, there are lots of unique skin types. However, these four types are fairly common. These skincare tips should help you look after your skin, but, if you are still having trouble, consult your doctor for further help. Also, you’ll do yourself a favour by getting hold of the best skin care products suppliers KZN has to offer. And remember, it’s not only okay to care about your skin, it’s encouraged!
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