Normal skin: This skin type is neither
oily nor dry. Beautiful as it is, it needs care, if
it is to last. People with normal skin start showing
signs of age and wrinkling sooner than others. Daily
cleansing, toning and nourishing is the adequate care
for normal skin.
Oily skin: In this kind of skin, oil
producing glands are overactive. They produces more
oil than is needed, which oozes up, giving the skin
a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin
has a coarse look. This kind of skin also suffers from
blackheads, pimples & acne. Oily skin needs special
cleansing to keep the pores unclogged.
Dry skin: Majority of the people have
dry skin. Your skin lacks both sebum and moisture. It
looks fine textured, transparent, patchy and fragile.
There are many factors which affect dry skin and make
them even ore dry. For instance, washing with soap &
water not only removes grime but also the natural oils
that protect the skin. Exposure to the sun, air- conditioners
and heaters also take their toll. Dry skin always needs
moisturiser which increases the water content of the
outer layer of the skin, giving it a soft, moist look.
Combination skin: This type of skin
has a greasy area, while the rest is dry or normal.
The forehead, nose and chin, i.e. the T-zone, may be
greasy and the rest dry. Combination skin are very common
and are one of the most frequently misunderstood and
mistreated skins. This type of skin requires separate
treatments for each area. However both the dry and greasy
area needs moisturising.
Rules of Skin Care
Cleansing: It is necessary to clean
skin and the pores to remove dirt, dust, excess oil,
salt, and waste coming within and coming from outside
the body. Wash your face and other skin of body with
plenty of water to get it cleaned.
Toning: Skin toner should be utilized
to revitalize the skin and to get it a proper complexion.
Toning improves blood circulation in the skin and helps
skin tissues to remain tight and firm.
Nourishing: It is very important to
maintain the natural oil of the skin to make the skin
lively. Different vitamin skin cream could be used to
nourish the skin. A lot of nourishing cream could also
Moisturizing: All living things require
moisture. Skin gets dry and looses its gloss. To give
it the real look moisture should be applied from outside
in the form of cream or lotion. It is better to use
moisture just after bath. As someone gets older he /
she requires more moisturizing.
Taking care of your skin
If you want a good skin, the most important thing is
to take care of it daily. Make it your habit. Your diet
also plays an important part, so does getting adequate
sleep and exercise.
If you like your skin to be young forever, follow these
- Cleanse your skin twice a day with products suited
to your skin type.
- See a beauty therapist regularly after the age of
- Learn to treat the skin according to its type.
- Avoid sun.
- Avoid smoking.
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
- Use a face mask once a week.
- Exercise regularly.
- Remember that a regular care & routine pays you
- Neglect accelerates ageing more than anything else.
The drink of life
Add more water to your life
- Drink at least 8 glass of water a day
- Mix the fruit juice of your choice with mineral water
for a healthy soda.
- Is there a waterfall you can get under, or a brook
to swim in? Don’t pass up the opportunity.Great for blood circulation.
- Sinking into a bathtub has a tranquilizing effect
on the mind. Throw in mineral salts if you can.
- Use water as mouth freshener along with a sprig of
mint, honey and lime.
- Make a compress for dry, flaky, irritated skin using
water. Use gauze dipped in tolerably cold water. Apply
on affected area and leave on for 10 minutes. Instant
- Sebastian Keipp, who wrote My Water Cure, recommends
using water as a healing power to cure disease. "Walk
barefoot on grass or immerse your legs in cold water
up to the knees. This increases resistance to illness."
- With water, remember, more is always better.
Tips for Smooth Skin
Home beauty recipes and remedies have been around for
centuries. Remarkable remedies were discovered purely
out of necessity. Over a period of time, many home remedies
have proven to be effective and natural, therefore healthy!
Making your own beauty products costs a fraction of
what you pay for over-the-counter preparations.
Keep in mind any allergies or sensitivity you may have
to some ingredients; such as glycerin, lemons, strawberries,
eggs, etc. Check with your doctor or dermatologist if
you are not sure you can use certain ingredients.
Pamper your skin with these face packs
- This is an excellent remedy to get rid of those
ugly acne scars. Blend the sandalwood paste and rose
water and apply on the scars. Keep it overnight and
then wash it off with cold water the next day. This
does wonders to your skin!
- Lemons also have exfoliating properties: rub half
a lemon on your face with a hint of sugar granules to
remove dead cells and lighten a tan. You can also rub
on hyper-pigmented areas like elbows to lighten them.
Mix with a little cucumber juice to make a natural astringent.
Condition your hair with the juice of one lemon mixed
with a glass of lukewarm water or get rid of dandruff
by rubbing your scalp with hot oil and lemon juice.
Ways to achieve a Smooth Skin
- Mash the bananas along with milk and then apply
on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This makes
the skin smooth and supple.
- Blend the egg white and honey well and then apply
on the face. This makes your skin smooth and helps to
- Blend turmeric powder with milk and apply on the
face. It removes the tan and helps to reduce the facial
hair. Scrub it off with a good face scrub and then wash
with cold water. You can also keep it overnight.
- Mix oatmeal along with curds and tomato juice and
apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then
wash it off with cold water. It helps to remove the
tan and lightens the skin.
- Apply raw sliced potato on the face. Reduces blemishes
and other scars.
- Cucumber juice is an excellent astringent. Applying
cucumber juice on the face tightens the pores. Wash
it off after 15 minutes.
- Applying turmeric powder along with limejuice removes
the tan. Limejuice is a natural bleach.
- Dried orange peels mixed with curds help reduce blemishes
and scars. Wash it off after 15 minutes with cold water.
- Honey makes the skin glow. It makes the skin soft
and smooth. Helps reduce wrinkles.
- Citrus face packs and sandalwood face packs are
excellent for oily skin.
- Rubbing ice cubes on the face tightens the pores
and increases blood circulation.
Lemon as a beauty aid
Start your morning with a combination of half a lemon
of juice and an orange, squeezed in hot water, sweetened
For weight watchers & those on a reducing programme,
lemon is excellent. Since it helps in depigmentation
of the skin, it is useful for those suffering from blemishing
and blotchy skin.
Lemon as a hand lotion: Mix lemon juice to rose water
and rub on hands to get smooth hands. Rub granulated
sugar and the juice of a lemon together till the sugar
is dissolved. Then rinse it off. Do this regularly for
a month and see the difference.
Lemon as bleach: rub lemon halves on elbows, heels
and toes and then rinse off.