• Saturday, 31 August 2013

    Skin SOS

    What type of skin do you have? How can you tell? The usual types are: dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Each skin type requires a different routine in addition to what you use too. Here is how you find out what type of skin you have:

    Oily skin- if your skin has a shine to it in addition to looking dull and prone to spots. .
    Dry skin- if your skin feels tight inevitably feeling like you have to moisturise it all the time.
    Sensitive skin- if you often come out in a rash when trying new creams or even wearing a scarf or woolly jumpers. 
    Combination skin- if your ‘T-zone’ is shiny just like the description for oily skin yet everywhere else is fine- you most probably have combination skin.

    Hot water is good for oily skin and warm/lukewarm are good for other skin types. Do not touch your face with dirty hands! Especially if you have spots/scabs as this can make small spots worse. It is also important to keep your hair clean… more importantly if you have a fringe. Avoid using conditioner in your fringe if you have oily skin- just use on the ends and on the back of your hair.You can also control the behaviour of your skin through the vitamins you eat! I have provided a few examples:

    Vitamin A- This vitamin can be found in fruit and vegetables. Vitamin A is essential for rehabilitation and repair to the skin as without it, can make the skin appear flaky and dry.

    Vitamin B- This vitamin can be found in eggs, oats and bananas. Vitamin B forms the ‘bases for the skin in addition to the hair and nails.
    Vitamin C- This vitamin can be found in ‘citrus’ things such as oranges, limes, lemons, cranberries and leafy greens. Vitamin C protects your skin from the sun, cancer and pollution.
    Vitamin E- This vitamin can be seen in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Vitamin E also helps protection again sun exposure.
    Vitamin K- This vitamin can be found in meats such as pork and liver. This also can be found in dairy products and leafy green vegetables like spinach. Vitamin K is great for those who have dark circles around their eyes and for bruising too!

    It is always important to drink water as this can help flush through dirt and bacteria. It is recommended to drink between 8-10 glasses of water daily as water contains valuable minerals and nutrients. Drinking water before bedtime is one of the best ways to help your body store those nutrients in addition to keeping the body well hydrated. Eating fruit and vegetables will not keep your skin safe against the sun- even if you have darker skin! Always use SPF (30-40 recommended) and apply evenly to your skin.

    Look out for my next post on skin care! Enjoy your weekend.

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