How to treat different skin types

How to treat different skin types

If you open any magazine, you’ll be bombarded with models who have flawless, radiant skin. Which may leave you feeling frustrated because you have daily battles with your skin, whether it’s fighting off oily skin or trying to repair sun-damaged skin. The road to glowing skin, for some people, is often fraught with a lot of trial and error – trying new moisturisers, cleansers, treatments and peels. We all have different skin types and each skin type requires you to handle it a certain way. The goal is to not give up and keep on trying to find what will work for your face.

Here are a few ways to look after your skin.

Normal skin

Some people are born with beautiful skin. Normal skin is soft with a smooth surface and there are very few imperfections or blemishes. If you’re blessed enough to fall under this category, you may feel that, while others search for the perfect dermatologist, you have don’t have a lot to be concerned about. But even if your face doesn’t have obvious flaws, you still have to take care of it. You could live according to the old expression, “If it ain’t, broke don’t fix it”. However, you still need to look after your skin, make sure you eat right, stay hydrated and use sunscreen when needed.

Dry skin

The medical term for dry skin is “xeroderma”. Dry skin is often caused by the weather, genes, indoor heating and hormonal changes or medications. If you have dry skin, you can have mild to severe symptoms.  Dry skin often causes lines, flaking, itchiness or deep cracks which may bleed. But there are a few things you can to do in order to combat this condition. You need to make sure the water you use is warm and not scorchingly hot, limit your time in the shower to less than 10 minutes, dry off your skin when you get out of the shower and apply a generous amount of moisturiser to your skin. You should purchase a product like Ingram’s, after all, it is the skin doctor. It  will be sure to leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished.

Oily skin

If you have oily skin, you may have an added glow you could do without. People with oily skin usually have a shiny face and enlarged, clogged pores. In order to take care of your oily skin, you should use more sunscreen and try to use little foundation. Layering your foundation thickly on your face could clog the pores and cause breakouts, leaving you with a shiny face. You should also try limiting your intake of fatty and spicy foods as they may make you perspire.

Sensitive skin

There are different types of sensitive skin. There’s the natural sensitive skin (which you have from birth) and the sensitised skin type (acquired over time). You need to find out what umbrella you fall under in order to correctly treat it. Symptoms of sensitive skin include acne, rosacea, burning and stinging. These symptoms could be triggered by stress, shaving, skin conditions and exposure to certain fragrances.

Things you can do for all skin types.

Drink water

You’ve heard it plenty of times, water is important for your body. Your skin needs to be hydrated in order to prevent it from being dry and flaky. You could also experience pimples because you’re body isn’t getting rid of the toxins in the body like it should.

Eat healthy

Most people love a good, juicy hamburger or yummy pizza. But what you take in will often show up on the outside. Healthy eating will do wonders for your skin. For example, there are some foods which help prevent wrinkles, like watermelon, fish, tomatoes and berries.

Change your pillowcase

You need to change your pillowcase once or twice a week in order to have beautiful skin. If your pillowcase is dirty, it could cause breakouts on your face. And a rough, textured pillowcase can also dry out your skin because it soaks up all the moisture.


Whether you’ll be spending a whole day out in the sun or will just be lightly exposed, you need to wear sunscreen. Sun damage can leave your skin looking haggard and you know by now it could even cause Cancer.

Most people want glowing, blemish free skin. And in order to correctly treat it, you first need to figure out your skin type and then find the best treatment.


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Authored by: Pete Anderson

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