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There aren?t many people that can boast naturally perfect skin. Exercise, a healthy diet and a little know how can help to improve the appearance of your skin. Of course, your skin condition can change from day to day and with the seasons. If you recognise your skin type this will help in choosing the right cleansing options and moisturisers. Your makeup will apply beautifully if you keep up with your skin routine.

Combination Skin Type:

Look for:

  • Oily through the T-zone
  • Spot dehydration and dry cheeks
  • Enlarged pores on the nose, chin and forehead.

Treatment: I would recommend moisturising products that contain AHA. This will help this skin type. For your dry areas use a dense moisturizer and a mild cleanser. For your oily areas regular cleansing, toning and moisturising.

Sensitive Skin Type:

Look for:

  • Irritated by cleansers, cosmetics and moisturisers
  • Inclined to redness and sensitivity
  • Blotchy or itchy.

Treatment: I would recommend using mild, non-perfumed cleansing products. Your toner should be alcohol-free and formulated for sensitive skin. Look for products which state they are best for your skin type.

Oily Skin Type:

Look for:

  • Little signs of ageing, such as fine lines
  • Recurring breakouts
  • Pores tend to be large and visible.

Treatment: You will need to adopt a healthy diet and a regular skincare routine to help with those breakouts. I would recommend you cleanse the skin at least twice a day which will help dirt accumulation. Alcohol-free astringent is best to remove excess oil and, of course, oil-free moisturisers which help the skin from over drying.

Dry Skin Type:

Look for:

  • Sensitivity
  • Fine lines show quicker on dry skin
  • A rough and uneven texture
  • Can look dry and flaky
  • Dry skin normally feels tight after washing.

Treatment: Again, look at your diet. Foods high in water content, fruits and vegetables will help and don?t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Caffeine and alcohol will make matters worse as both cause dehydration. Keep out of the sun and choose richer cleansers. Using a great moisturiser will protect your skin?s natural oils. Try layering different textures of moisturiser. This will do wonders to hydrate the skin; 1) a lightweight face oil. 2) a rich cream over the oil. Again, creams with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) will remove some of the dry, dead skin whist moisturising the new cells. If you have air-conditioning and heating invest in a good humidifier which will help your environment.

Normal Skin Type:

Look for:

  • Smooth, even texture with small pores
  • You will find the cheeks the driest area but not excessively
  • Shine and larger pores on the nose, chin and forehead
  • A balanced water and oil content in the skin.=

Treatment:A good cleansing routine. I would recommend a foaming cleanser. Remember to exfoliate twice a week and use a lightweight moisturising lotion. Pick foods that are rich in vitamin A, C, and E which will help keep the skin smooth and soft. Always keep up with fluids which will help rid the body of toxins.

All the best of luck with your skin care. Great skin = great makeup application.

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