Maintaining a healthy, beautiful complexion can be a challenge especially since there are several types of skin. The best complexion treatment will depend on the needs of your particular skin type. Most people become aware of their complexion type somewhere around puberty. The products you use and your beauty routine will cause your skin to respond differently depending on whether it is dry, oily, sensitive or a combination of all three.
Often itchy and flaky, dry skin responds well with gentle cleansing followed by a liberal application of hydrating moisturizer formulated for dry skin. Another consideration for treating dry skin is to gain an understanding of why your skin may be dry. There are many controllable factors that contribute to a dry complexion such as too much sun exposure, harsh chemicals in beauty products and washing the face with water.
Oily skin is generally characterized by regular acne outbreaks and a shiny appearance. The first step to treating an oily complexion is to not over wash. Many people with oily skin believe that washing often helps when, in reality, washing may stimulate oil glands resulting in more oil production. The best products to use for an oily complexion are oil free, hypo-allergenic and contain sun protection. Daily treatment for oily skin includes washing with oil free cleansers followed by an oil free moisturizer. Blotting oily skin throughout the day with blotting sheets to absorb excess oil is also extremely helpful in reducing the accumulation of oil on the surface of skin which contributes significantly to acne problems.
Sensitive skin can be challenging to care for since it can react adversely to a number of different substances and chemicals. Since the sensitive complexion is especially prone to inflammation and irritation, always test a new product on a small area of the face before applying all over. Sensitive complexions almost always call for the gentle application of beauty products which are fragrance free and oil free.
As the name implies, combination skin combines complexion features of dry, oily or sensitive skin. When treating combination skin it is imperative to identify which parts of your face are dry and which are oily or sensitive and use beauty products accordingly. Usually, the oily portions reside in a so called T-zone which is your forehead, nose and chin. Dry patches are most often in the cheek area.
In general, it is a good idea for all complexions to wash daily with a cleanser specifically designed for your complexion type using tepid to cool water. Another good practice for beautiful, healthy skin is to make use of beauty products that are hypo-allergenic, non pore blocking, and fragrance free.