Most people want to take good care of their skin so that it stays healthy and keeps them healthy. But lots of folks also want to look as young as possible for as long as possible, too. There are plenty of things you can do to help keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy over the years, but it all starts with understanding what type of skin you have.
In general, skin types are classified as Normal, Dry, Combination or Oily. It’s fairly easy to test your skin type. In fact, you can do it very easily at home. Simply wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm or cool water and then wait an hour. After an hour has passed, take a thin tissue or napkin and blot your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, one at a time. After each blot, check to see if there is any oil on the tissue. If you see oil on the tissue, make note of which area produced it and get a new tissue to blot the next area. When you’re through, your results will identify your skin type.
If none of the tissues showed oil and your skin feels elastic and supple, you have “Normal Skin”. Normal Skin is the easiest to care for and anyone with normal skin should use appropriate anti-aging products, regimens and diets to maintain its naturally healthy balance as they age. The staff at MidState Skin can give you proper direction on what products and regimens to use.
If the tissues don’t show any signs of oil, and your skin feels tight, flaky or itchy, you have “Dry Skin”. Dry skin tends to wrinkle and sag more than other skin types and tends to be thinner, so it shows up bruises and other lesions more readily, as well. As a result, people with dry skin have to concentrate on moisturizing as they age to keep their skin looking and feeling its best. Anti-aging formulas for dry skin are wonderfully helpful as they provide excellent moisturizing and nutrients to keep the skin healthy. The staff at MidState skin can help evaluate the products that will provide optimal results for you and get you started on a regimen to keep you skin looking great through the years.
If tissues from your forehead, cheeks and nose (or all 4 areas) show signs of oil after you blot, then you have “Oily Skin”. Oily skin is prone to blackheads and other issues related to filled pores, like acne or cysts. Oily skin won’t wrinkle as readily as dry or normal skin, but blemishes that form as a result of filled pores can lead to scarring and discoloration as well as surface abnormalities. People who have oily skin have to concentrate on keeping pores clean and unclogged. Many anti-aging products for oily skin help calm the sebaceous glands and deeply (but gently) clean pores to keep blockages to a minimum. If you have oily skin, the staff at MidState Skin can help you select products and develop a regimen that will help control your oil glands and keep your skin clear, healthy and younger looking over the years.
When your tissue shows oil from your forehead, nose and chin but your cheeks are dry, you have “Combination Skin.” This is the most popular skin type, especially among women. Combination skin is a little more challenging than other types to care for over time and to keep from aging, because it requires a bit of a balancing act: dry areas need to be moisturized and oily areas must be kept free of clogged pores. Anti-aging products for combination skin are developed to help balance the oil content, and generally provide light moisturization. MidState Skin will help you pick out products that work well for your skin combination and develop an anti-aging regimen that provides the best results over the years.
Sensitive skin isn’t really a type of skin, as it occurs in people with normal, dry, oily and combination skin, but it does provide an additional challenge. People with sensitive skin have skin that gets irritated easily. This irritation can manifest itself as a rash, redness, swelling, itching, or as a “break out”, when pores become overactive trying to cleanse themselves and end up becoming blocked in the process. People with sensitive skin have to balance the anti-aging management of their skin types with managing their sensitive skin and make sure neither regimen causes irritation. Sometimes it can be challenging, but luckily many good anti-aging products exist today that help these people control their skins sensitivity as well as treat any issues brought on by their skin types.