What you must know about your skin

Approaching a skin care clinic for your skin’s problems is a good idea, but knowing your skin’s type and composition comes first.

Every woman worries about her skin. The first reason for worry comes in the teenage years, when acne and oiliness make their appearance. Fighting off pimples and acne and getting a smooth complexion then becomes a long battle that draws on for many years. Several women report adult acne, oily and dull skin and even age spots and patches as they age.

It turns out that the desire for beautiful, even complexion remains a distant dream for many – and for avoidable reasons. It might seem shocking to note, but many women are unclear about their skin type and what their skin needs to be healthier. Lack of this knowledge prompts them to try every available skin care product, often with disappointing results. The rule of thumb in skin care is: What works for one may not work for another!

Hence, before you rush to the skin care clinic to get a permanent ‘fix’ for your skin care problem, it is important to know a few facts about your skin to get the most out of your appointment:

Your skin has a type. Normally, the major types of skin are Normal, Dry, Oily and Combination. It is easy enough to know your skin type if you observe it minutely with seasonal changes. Oily skin is the easiest to diagnose, since it reveals itself with excess sebum secretion. Meanwhile, normal skin remains relatively free of skin problems despite changes in weather, diet and other factors. Dry skin does not develop pimples and acne easily, but becomes extra taut during cold weather.

Your skin can behave differently from others’. Just because a certain skin care cream works on your friend’s fine lines, it may not produce the same results for you. Your skin is probably composed differently from your friend’s, hence it responds differently to the same skin care product. Your skin might age faster and be less hydrated, or it may have healthier tissues. An experienced dermatologist can tap the problem areas of your skin.

Your skin’s health depends entirely on you. There is no point buffing your skin and slathering on the best creams, lotions and serums if you have not taken one important step: ensuring your skin’s good health. Your skin is a mirror of internal body rhythms, your diet, your lifestyle and whether it is able to eliminate toxins through sweat. Several acts of omission on your part – from not drinking enough water every day to not getting adequate sleep – can cause problems for your skin that no OTC creams can set right.

Your skin is affected by every kind of stress. We often notice only the major stresses in our lives – emotional, physical and psychological – but there are many others that take a toll on the skin as well. Anything can stress the skin: from too much air conditioning at work, to an unfriendly fabric of your new dress, and from a perfume you use to an increase in dry weather. These stresses actively strip away the skin’s moisture, hasten the ageing process and slow down the skin’s renewal process. Meditating, exercising and sleeping well will reduce the stress in your life.

Approach a good skin care clinic to diagnose what ails your skin, and how to rectify its many problems. An experienced dermatologist can recommend the right course of treatment for your skin so that you enjoy healthy skin and all its bounties for years to come.

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