A Guide To Caring For Different Skin Types: Natural Remedies And Lifestyle Changes

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Did you take the skin type test last week? Yes? Then I have put together some tips to caring for your skin type. No? Then go back and take the test, because you need to know your results for these tips to be useful.

1) Dry Skin Type
A) Remedies: If your skin is of the dry type, you have to include moisturizing in your daily routine. Olive oil, coconut oil (for those that are not acne-prone) & honey should also be your best friends. You can mix honey and oatmeal as a night mask to help hydrate & sooth your skin.


How to mix:
i) 2 tablespoons of oat, 1 tablespoon of honey and a little water. Rub it into your skin. Leave it on for 20 mins, then wash off with warm water.
B) Lifestyle Changes: For the improvement of your skin health, you need to drop and also pick up some habits. Those habits include;
i) stay away from harsh products, especially harsh detergents and soaps.
ii) improve your bathing habit. Reduce your bath time and your use of hot water. Also, use mild soap/cleanser instead of medicated soap. As all these strips oil from your skin, giving it a flakey, tired and dull look.
iii) drink plenty of water and dress properly. As harsh weather (both hot & cold) can dryout your skin.

2 ) OILY SKIN TYPE
A) Remedies: This is one of the most challenging skin type to manage. Mostly because it often comes with acne. But your goal is not to strip your skin of oil completely because it would just reappear again. So you should just try to balance it because you need oil on your skin. Use a honey and tumeric facial mask.
How to mix:

i) 1 tablespoon of tumeric and 2 tablespoons of honey, mix both to make a honey+tumeric mask for daily application. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it on for 30mins before washing off with warm water. This helps to control the excess oil and stops inflammation as well.
B) Lifestyle Changes, which include the following:
i) reduce your use of make-up, especially foundation because it can worsen the condition.
ii) avoid skin dehydration because this forces your skin to over-produce oil, therefore clogging your pores.
iii) avoid putting more oil on your skin; a) stop touching your face because your hands transfer oil and even bacteria to your skin. b) choose water-based products rather than oil-based products (if you must). Meaning you should go for products labelled “Non-comedogenic”. c) keep your hair off your face because oil in your hair can be transferred to your skin. d) avoid fried foods.

3) COMBINATION SKIN TYPE
A) Remedies: People with combined skin type get quite confused because it is tricky to manage and their skin can not seem to make up its mind. Most times they do not know if they should go for skincare routine meant for dry skin type or oily skin type or even both at the same time. You can mix banana, oatmeal & honey or eggwhite & yoghurt to make a mask for daily application.

How to mix:
i) mash a ripe banana in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. Stir till it becomes a paste, then apply and leave it on for 20mins before washing it off with warm water. It will help with the excess oil and clogged pores.
ii) put 1 raw eggwhite (remove the yoke) in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of yoghurt and stir properly. Apply and leave it on for 20mins before washing it off with warm water. It will help tighten enlarged pores.
B) Lifestyle Changes:
i) always hydrate/moisturize your skin.
ii) avoid over drying after a bath as this will force over production of oil in your T-zone and dryout the dry areas, making balance impossible.

4) NORMAL SKIN TYPE
If you have normal skin type, it is nice. But do not go on your merry way thinking you have won a lottery for life therefore any product you like goes for you. Be very careful as change is constant and you might occasionally suffer from acne, sensitivity and even dry & oily spells can attack. Take a tolerance test before fully trusting a product to work for you.

5) SENSITIVE SKIN
A) Remedies:
i) avoid products with fragrance & dyes as ingredients.
ii) test a skincare routine/product one at a time.
iii) take a tolerance test first by rubbing a little on your jawline or elbow, then wait for 24hours to check for negative effects.

Final words
Most skincare experts will always say the best things to do for any skin type is to: wear sunscreen daily, do not smoke, eat healthy and get enough sleep. But whatever you do, do not forget your skin type is not set in stone. It might change over time. Your skin has a personality of its own and we all know personalities change from time to time depending on our moods. Therefore, your skin type may change depending on some factors.
Skincare products’ labelling are not always true. Remember, what works for your friend might not work for you. So, find your own skincare routine.

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