I think the biggest misconception that most people have when it comes to skincare is that a product will have the same benefits for everyone. The reality is that the first step towards properly looking after your skin is to actually know what skin type you are. The kind of products that I use, might not work for you. Similarly, two people with oily skin might react differently to the same product. So the first and essential thing to do is to visit a professional and get your skin analyzed Elizabeth Arden Beauty Consultants are all qualified to do this. Skin types are usually categorized into three groups: Dry, Combination and Oily.
Dry Skin is often characterized by feelings of tightness due to lack of emollients or oil. It may be rough and scaly in places. It is usually the result of low sebum production, or it may be that the skin has temporarily dried out as a result of sunburn, extremes of climate, detergents or air conditioning. Deeply nourishing or hydrating masks and moisturizers can be used to rebalance the skin and help to prevent against further moisture loss.
Oily Skin is a result of excess sebum production. It’s characterized by a shiny appearance, especially on the ‘T-zone’ – the forehead, nose and chin. The epidermis tends to thicken and the pores dilate, giving the skin a slightly rough and irregular texture. Purifying your face in the morning and at night with products designed for oily skin is the single most effective way to manage oily skin. Even oily skin needs to be moisturized to look its best. Think of it this way: moisture is about water, not oil. When you wash your face, regardless of what skin type you have, you’re removing the oil that holds moisture in your skin.
Combination Skin has two forms: oily/normal and dry/normal. In oily/normal combination skin, the center panel (T-zone) is oily while the rest of the face is comfortable. In the dry/normal combination skin, the center panel may be normal with dry patches on the cheeks. You need to treat both zones in combination skin – moisturizing the dry patches and controlling the sebum in the oily parts.
One of you will stand a chance to win a Visible Difference hamper from Elizabeth Arden customized to your skin type. You can begin your journey to naturally radiant and healthy skin! Send us a mail to info@Elanaafrika.com with the subject heading Visible Difference before the 15th of August. Terms and conditions apply.