Your skin is affected by a variety of factors such as age, season, cold, sun, wind, illness and more. The skin is your largest visible organ and is vital to you as a protection against bacilli, viruses, damage allergens and more. The skin is amazing in that it is constantly changing; If you injure yourself, the wound usually heals quickly and complicatedly, the skin moisturizes itself to a great extent to maintain its tension and function as the body’s armor.
However, sometimes we need to help the skin maintain its balance and do its best work. Here you will find some simple tips and advice on what you can do to best take care of your skin.
How do I know what skin type I have?
Usually the different skin types are divided into four different categories: Normal, dry, oily and mixed skin.
- Normal skin is characterized by having no rashes or knots, is uniform in color with small pores, feels smooth and has good elasticity.
- Dry skin has lost some of its elasticity and feels tight. For very dry skin, you can peel or get skin flakes.
- Oily skin is often characterized by the pores being larger than normal and the skin looking glossy.
- Blandhy is just that; a mixture of dry and normal skin. Then, for example, the forehead and nose wings may feel greasy while the cheeks are dry.
A daily routine for facial care may be that you follow a simple routine in the morning and evening that may look like this:
With water, cleaning gel or cream.
Supplement with a facial water and make sure it does not interfere with your natural Ph balance (5.4-5.9 pH).
To remove eye makeup, you should use special makeup removal for the sensitive skin around the eyes.
It is important that the skin is clean in order to absorb the active substances contained in your skin cream.
Use a day cream or night cream that suits your skin type.
Around the eyes, it is advisable to use a special eye cream which is extra gentle on the sensitive and thin skin there.
You may also be able to supplement with a sunscreen in the morning if the season requires it.
The fact that you have dry is sometimes caused by your genes and is also affected by the hormone balance in your body. At puberty or pregnancy, the hormonal balance changes and your skin can change temporarily. Age is also a factor where menopause and reduced estrogen levels make the skin more difficult to moisturize than otherwise. Sun in sufficient quantity is good and useful for us but if it is too much, the sun rays can cause the skin to feel dry in addition to burning, eczema and pigmentation.
Dry indoor air in winter and cold can reduce sebum production and thus cause dry skin.
In addition to the face, it is common for the skin to be dry on the feet and narrow bones because the glands there are fewer than on the other body. Causes of dry skin may also be due to different disease states.
Tips for fixing dry skin
Cleaning and moisturizing with mild products is important. Not to exaggerate cleaning and to be careful when choosing products so that the skin’s own ability to moisturize is not destroyed.
- Avoid products containing perfume, dyes or alcohol.
- Hot water can appear dehydrating so try to avoid long, hot baths; take a shower instead.
- Avoid contact with strong detergents.
- Minimize the use of detergent with perfume i.
- Especially in winter, the indoor air is often very dry. If possible, increase humidity.
Besides everything above, it is also important that the fluid balance is good, so do not forget to drink water every day.
If you are unsure of the type of makeup, cleaning products or skin care products you should use, contact the Esthetics Center in Malmö to book a free consultation.
Oily skin, like all other skin types, may depend on genetic factors and hormones. Age is also a factor in this context as well as if you are eating medication. How you feel, what you eat and if you are stressed also affects your skin and if you have not had the opportunity to clean your skin for a while, the pores can become clogged and thus generate sores. Just as one can suffer from blackheads on the face, one can get them on the rest of the body; especially on the shoulders, back and chest. A common symptom of oily skin is acne, often acne occurs during puberty but it is also common after puberty up to adulthood.
Tips for fixing oily skin
- Be careful about cleaning, but note that if you suffer from acne it is not due to poor hygiene or lack of cleaning. It is different how people react and are sensitive to food, stress, cleaning products etc. If you have a high sensitivity to acne it simply means that your skin reacts more strongly with inflammation when the pores become clogged.
- Sometimes the diet is of great importance and many people think that reducing their intake of carbohydrates, milk and dairy products will reduce the problems.
- It is important to use makeup that does not clog the pores.
- Wash make-up with lukewarm water (cold / hot water can aggravate acne)
Early acne can be treated with good results and with the right products and routines you can prevent it from getting worse and create more discomfort than necessary. Our skilled therapists in Malmö can help you with a first free consultation. Book here.
Mixing skin, where some parts of your skin are perceived as oily while other parts are dry. Most often it is the chin, forehead and nose that have oily skin with larger pores and glossier, while the cheeks are dry and feel tight without any skin care product.
Bland skin is not uncommon when you get a little older – if you have had either dry or oily skin when you are young, you often feel that it changes as the years go by.
Tips for preventing mixed skin
There is not really any specific advice to prevent the emergence of mixed skin more than those described under the respective advice under oily and dry skin. You should be aware that the skin is different and not use the same type of cleaning and facial products everywhere but be aware that different types of cleansing and skin care creams are needed.
Normal skin is characterized by being well-balanced, smooth, uniform in color and free of acne, does not feel tight, or has no problem areas. Congratulations!
You who have normal skin do not need to think about what can prevent but can concentrate on what maintains the balance. Namely; Follow the morning and evening routines, use skin care products that work well for you and try to avoid stress. You’re in port!