Oily, dry, normal, combo? I know, it can get confusing, and is compounded by confusing skin that is oily in some spots and dry in others. There are so many moisturizers on the market now that chances are you can find one that suits all of your skin´s needs. Lots of people are oily primarily in the T-zone area (forehead, nose, and the area around your mouth, including the chin). Plenty of others have combination skin that´s dry in some areas and oily in others. Or they are just dry (or oily!) all over. Even those with oily skin should hydrate using a sunscreen-containing lotion in the morning, then a lightweight moisturizer at night.
Moisturizing is a crucial step in every daily routine for fighting against wrinkles and free radicals that cause skin to age. So it's obviously important to moisturize on a daily basis in order to look younger and healthier. However, there are a lot of moisturizers on the market, thus making it difficult to find one that will work for you and your lifestyle. Furthermore, it seems like a chore to apply lotions and creams to your body every day – even though it only takes a few minutes out of your day.
Moving along, oily, dry, combination, normal, and sensitive skin all need moisture to maintain the skin's healthy tone, and help keep fine lines and wrinkles from forming. The areas of your body that may be lacking sufficient hydration are the knees, elbows, lower legs, arms, sides and torso. After you've moisturized your face and neck, grab your daily moisturizing body lotion and pamper your skin to keep a youthful appearance longer. You'll notice dry skin becoming more troublesome in the cold weather that accompanies winter because humidity is much lower.
Although there are more issues with drying skin in the winter, you should moisturize your skin in every season to keep it looking good year-round. That said, here are some ways to find a quality face and body moisturizer that you can use to fight the signs of aging and dry skin.
When you're looking for a face moisturizer, it's important to choose one that won't break your skin out with pimples. And you'll have better success when using moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type. When buying a moisturizer for oily skin types, it's best to use water-based formulas that are non-pore clogging since oily skin is prone to breakouts.
Dry skin requires moisturizers that contain propylene glycol or urea to heal cracked or flakey skin, and to keep your skin hydrated. Creamy products are ideal for dry skin types.
Sensitive skin will of course require products specifically designed for sensitive skin prone to irritation, rashes or breakouts.
Combination skin types will see great results by using a gel cream moisturizer because it isn't too heavy, and is able to penetrate your skin deeply to give you moisture where it's needed the most.
Worrying about wrinkles should be last on your list of worries as a teenager! Breakouts are the main concern and should be maintained so to avoid acne scarring on your face and body. Since oily skin is usually the cause of acne breakouts, the misconception is that oily skin doesn't need anymore moisture, which isn't the case at all.
With the fluctuation of hormones caused by puberty, the skin may become oily and hard to deal with. Fortunately, using a moisturizer can actually help with your breakouts so use an oil-free toner and moisturizer. The toner will help slow the oil buildup on your skin, so use it after you've cleansed with an oil-free face wash containing salicylic acid. Use at least a pea-sized amount of a water-based moisturizer on your face and neck daily.
Then splash cool water on your face afterward to close your pores and to prevent breakouts. When it comes to moisturizing your body, use any moisturizer as soon as you dry off following a shower. It's best to moisturize clean skin, and it's a bonus having your pores open in order to absorb the most moisture from the lotion. Don't forget to slather your feet, knees, and elbows with lotion as these areas seem to be the driest.
If you moisturize your face then do the same for your neck, if you are using a night cream for your face then apply it on your neck also. Do not lean over your work table. Work at angles that help you maintain your head straight or sit closer to the table.
Daily before bath, for a minute or two, massage the neck area with downward strokes one hand following the other using any cream or skin oil. Apply lemon-turmeric paste on the neck to eliminate the colour difference in face and skin. Using yoghurt can also help remove the tan on the neck. Apply a layer of yoghurt over the neck area. Leave it on for around 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Apply some regular moisturiser and massage gently. Use a natural scrubber on your neck daily to keep the lymphatic glands active and also to remove dead skin. Buttermilk is a very good cleanser for the neck, especially for those with oily skin.
Neck is prone to getting tanned very easily. So during the time of sun-bath you need to take good care of this part of the body and protect it from direct exposure to sun. A wide rimmed hat will save your neck from direct exposure to sun. But it is better to use a high factor sun block cream.
Hyaluronic acid (also called Hyaluronan) is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate. Hyaluronan occurs throughout the body in abundant amounts in many of the places people with hereditary connective tissue disorders have problems such as joints, heart valves and eyes.
Hyaluronic acid abnormalities are a common thread in connective tissue disorders. Interestingly, they are also common biochemical anomalies in most of the individual features of connective tissue disorders such as mitral valve prolapse, TMJ, osteoarthritis, and keratoconus.
Hyaluronic acid has been nicknamed by the press as the "key to the fountain of youth" because it has been noted that at least some people who ingest a lot of it in their diets tend to live to ripe old ages.
It’s vital to care for your skin year round. However, when the hot humid days come to an end, your skin needs a bit of extra attention. One of the most important times is the change from summer to autumn. Here are a few tips for getting your skin back to pre-summer healthy condition. The harsh summer can leave some of us dried out and parched, while others get overly oily from the heat.
After a few months of using lots of sunscreen on humid days, your skin needs a deep cleansing and polishing. Towards the end of the summer, start using a gentle exfoliating cleanser about three times a week. You’ll want to exfoliate the dead skin cells that trap oil and work as a barrier from moisturizers to penetrate into your skin. Dead skin cells can trap excess sweat and sunscreen build- up and leave skin with a lackluster appearance.
Replenish moisture lost from summer activities – swimming in salt and chlorine water, standing in the sun without proper sun protection. You must put moisture back into your skin by applying a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. The weather change from hot to cold can dry your skin, so you must continue to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water.
You must continue to use sunscreen! There is not as much sun in the autumn as in the summer, but UV rays are still in effect. These rays cause skin to prematurely age and wrinkle. An SPF of 15 or 30 will do the job of protecting your skin. Don’t forget your eye area. Too much squinting from the sun can speed up crow’s feet. Apply a moisturizer suitable for the delicate eye area twice a day and at night. In the colder months, this thin area of skin needs a little more moisturizer than other areas of your skin.
Oil is produced by oil glands known as sebaceous glands. These glands are more prominent on the face than other areas of the body and tend to come online during puberty. Other areas on the body where sebaceous glands are most heavily concentrated are the neck, chest and back areas- common places for acne.
The amount of oil an individual produces is determined genetically, with a hormonal influence. During adolescence an increase in the level of sex hormones, known as androgens, awakens the oil glands, which in turn produces sebum (oil). For women, hormone changes occur not only during puberty, but at the start of each menstrual cycle. Although oily skin will remain oily throughout your life, as you age, oil gland activity will decrease. In most patients, this decrease in activity starts in the 4th decade of life.
Stress, lack of sleep and illness can trigger spots. Oil-producing sebaceous glands that lie just below the surface of the skin are the cause of most spots. They secrete a natural oil called sebum through the hair follicles onto your skin's surface. This oil is the body's own moisturiser.
Excess hormone can prompt these glands to produce too much sebum. And if the hair follicle gets blocked by dead skin cells, oil builds up with nowhere to go. This build up of oil creates an ideal environment in which acne bacteria can multiply, triggering a chemical reaction and the formation of spots. We have lots of sebaceous glands in our face, chest, neck and back – which is why spots are most common in these areas.
Blackheads, also called open comedones, look like benign black dots on your skin. They usually develop in larger pores that allow air to get in and react with the oil and dead skin cells inside, causing the plug to darken and appear black.
Whiteheads, or closed comedones, are filled with the same matter as blackheads, but the pore isn't as large. Air can't get in and react with the sebum, so it stays white.
Both are milder types of spot, and for many people spots don't progress beyond this stage. If pores remain blocked, the build up of oil encourages normally harmless acne bacteria to multiply. This high level of bacteria puts the body's immune system into attack mode, causing inflammation. Red inflamed bumps are a sign of infected pores caused by acne bacteria, and usually require stronger treatment.
Chinese men are looking to the power of skin creams and anti-age serums to help them get ahead professionally, sparking a booming new market that has major men´s grooming firms salivating. Chinese men have fewer hang-ups than Western men about using skin care and groomingproducts - and keen customers, especially in urban areas, are even snapping up pots of foundation, toners and whitening creams traditionally bought by women.
The typical customer is an urban professional living not just in the capital Beijing or cosmopolitan Shanghai, but also in smaller cities nationwide. When Chinese men's income rises, in the beginning, they buy a good watch, then they move on to electronics... then they move to clothes, buy famous brands and finally they move to grooming products Men believe that using skin care products can give them a better competitive edge for their jobs, or for girls. During those five years, the Chinese market is projected to expand by 28.7 percent, as compared with growth of just 5.7 percent in North America and 7.9 percent in western Europe.
In 2010, sales of men's skin care products soared 30 percent to $280 million in China - ahead of North America, noting that the market had evolved in a few years to include "more sophisticated product lines offering anti-ageing, exfoliating and energy-boosting properties". The desire for social success in a communist country now obsessed with making money, and where the working world has become more and more competitive, has pushed more and more urban Chinese men to take care of how they look. Ninety percent of men in China are still not using branded men's skin care products.