Skin is vital to our existence and the quality of our lives. Most of us don’t really give it much thought as an essential organ. How we take care of our skin either improves how we live or reduces how well our skin takes care of us in the long run.
Our skin serves practical and physical life protecting purposes with three primary functions.
- Protecting our internal organs.
- Regulating our body temperature.
- Sensing things like heat, cold, touch, and pain.
From childhood through to our teens we likely didn’t give our skin care much thought. But good skin care starts to impact how we feel inside and quite literally outside once we hit 20 through to old age. Here’s what happens to our skin throughout our lives, with or without our intervention.
The 5 Skin Types
Normal skin is defined as not dry or oily. If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, you have few or no imperfections, no real sensitivity, pores that are barely visible, and a radiant complexion.
Oily skin usually means you will see blackheads, pimples, and a shiny face. During puberty or other times when there is an imbalance in your hormones, your stress levels are higher you might suffer from excess oil in your skin.
Dry skin is one of those really problematic and common skin types. Some signs of dry skin are non-visible pores, which sounds great but comes with other issues. You may notice your skin is dull, rough, and less elastic. There might be red patchy areas, more fine lines, cracked, peeling, or itchy skin. Causes of dry skin can be genetic, due to medications, weather, or changes in hormone levels. It could even be due to harsh ingredients in some of the products you use.
Sensitive skin can be problematic for many reasons. Usually, you will notice perfumes and chemicals in skin care products or the environment cause your skin to become red inflamed, and make it itch or burn. You might notice blotchiness or scaly patches.
Combination skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. Typically people with combination skin are oily in the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). You might notice your pores are larger and there may be blackheads in some areas, especially where your skin is more oily and shiny. This may mean you need to buy different skin care products for different areas of your face.
Aging skin and skin problems
From about the age of 25, collagen, one of the skin’s building blocks, decreases by 1% each year. We may not notice much in our 20’s and if we are lucky our 30’s. But eventually, usually in our 30’s the signs of aging start to show themselves through fine lines, wrinkles, laugh lines, or crow’s feet. These signs increase and become more prominent in our 40’s. Then additional signs start to creep in between 40 to 60+ like sagging skin, loss of firmness due to decreased elasticity. Our skin starts to lose that glow, plumpness, and radiance.
Waiting until 50+ is probably not the best strategy for keeping our face and body skin supple and in top form. There are many things that can be done to help keep our skin in its best shape and condition. It’s important to admit that our DNA and environmental factors do have an impact on our skin. This said, we do control our skin care routines and what we put into our bodies. How do we help our skin be at it’s best so that it can take care of us longer?
Our skin care routine
We can’t fully control environmental factors like air quality, harmful pollutants, or hereditary factors that impact our DNA. Environmental factors aside, how, when, how often we take care of our skin determines how well our skin holds up and looks. From a very young age, we were likely told by our parent to wash our face daily. Ok, maybe we had better, or more fun things to do back then. The simple act of cleansing our skin goes a long way to keeping it healthy.
Cleansing, moisturizing, eating healthy, and drinking water makes light work later in life. The products we choose also makes a difference in the condition of our skin. Not every product works for everyone though. What works? Remember that a great skin care routine is not a once-in-a-while occurrence, it takes place daily. It’s just like eating, and sleeping, it needs to happen every day. It’s also not just for women, men’s skin care needs and routine are also important.
Want perfect skin? Wouldn’t that be great! Trouble is, there’s really no such thing. There’s simply the best condition we can help our skin to be in. This can only happen through careful and deliberate cleaning and the use of the skin care products we choose. Billions of dollars have gone into research to try to perfect skin care products. Many beauty brands have developed amazing products that can help our skin be at it’s best for the time being. Some products work for a short while and others may work for many years.
The key is caring enough about your skin to spend the money and time to keep it looking its best so that you can look radiant and youthful. Think of your skin as the canvas to a beautiful painting. After all, when your skin is soft, smooth, and radiant, applying makeup to it is a breeze. Take the time to find the skin care products that work best for you. This will help to improve hydration, elasticity, and firmness. Regular care and the right products for your skin can slow down and sometimes reverse much of the damage and dryness due to loss of elasticity.
Skin care products
Choosing the right product for your skin is very individual and may take some trial and error. In fact, we are always on the hunt for the right products for different parts of our body. Sometimes the skin care products that work today stop meeting our needs next year. This doesn’t mean the products don’t work, or aren’t as good as they used to be. This likely happens because our body and skin have changed from one year to the next. It means we need to find another product that works, and again that can mean more trial and error.
Here at Your Brand Of Beauty, our goal is to test, review, and share with you all the skin care products and tools we find. This way, you can make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes you may even find that the most expensive skin care brands are not for you and that an inexpensive product does the trick. It all depends on your skin and how a skincare brand’s product interacts with your skin type, texture, or other factors.
Not all products will work for everyone, so it’s important for us to hear feedback and engage in conversations about what you liked or didn’t like about a skin care product. Join us in our quest to find Your Brand Of Beauty.
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