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Understanding Your Skin Type

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Understanding Your Skin Type
Our skin, like the weather and our moods, does change. Rarely will you always be "dry" or "oily". Changes in weather, diet or menstrual cycle can cause your skin to feel drier, oilier or even more acne-prone.

Oily Skin
Those of us with oily skin don't appreciate the fact that oil production helps maintain a youthful look and keeps us wrinkle free longer than most. All we see is that shiny nose, the glowing forehead, and the shadow of another zit ready to surface. As we try to dry out the oils by using harsh drying cleansers and applying products with alcohol to strip away the shine, we achieve a temporary oil free matte finish effect.

- Use a PH balanced toner or a regular cleanser.
- Buy an oil free moisturizer and do continue to moisturize.
- Try an oil free or matte finish foundation.
- Avoid eye shadows that are overly dewy or contain too many shimmers; instead of having the desired effect, they can cause you to look a bit oily.
- Apply loose face powder to set foundation and keep it in place.
- Along with applying foundation, use an anti-shine product available in gel tube or a container, which can be applied before or after foundation. An anti-shine can also be applied along your hair line and on your scalp to absorb oil. It is colorless, goes on wet and dries up. Think of it as a type of antiperspirant for your face.
- Thin out your foundation by moistening a makeup sponge with water, patting it dry and then applying foundation.

Combination Skin
I believe most of us are in this category. Our skin tends to be oilier in the T-zone (the area across our forehead and down the nose to your chin) and dry around the edges. Combination skin creates confusion among women since we are not sure if we should continue to moisturize or not - especially where our skin is oily. Remember, whether you have dry or oily skin most of the time, we all need to moisturize around our eyes and lips to prevent those crows feet (wrinkles) from developing. Here is some advice for combination skin:

- Use gentle cleanser.
- Applying Primer underneath your foundation will prepare your skin for a smooth application and help your makeup stay on all day long.
- Try cream or liquid foundation.

Sensitive Skin
Many of us have experienced an unpleasant reaction to skin products at one time or another. Those of us with sensitive skin must be diligent in our search for hypoallergenic cosmetics in order to prevent skin reactions from occurring. Here is some general advice for those with sensitive skin:

- Avoid products containing fragrance, live plant extract, lanolin or alcohol.
- "Fragrance Free" does not mean allergen or chemical free. Check the label.
- It is important to consider your skin type. If you have dry skin you should avoid oil absorbing makeup, which will give your skin a parched, flaky finish. For those with oily skin, avoid moisturizing makeup that will make skin look slick and greasy. Normal skin types should stick with a makeup formulated for normal skin.