The cold weather is here, which means dry skin is slowly affecting us one by one. Each person has different qualities in their skin, so it’s up to you in deciding what skincare plan works best for you. Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami, authors of AN ATLAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY, explain the various skin types and the possible precautions you should take.
Taking care of yourself is a personal journey, punctuated by countless experiences and discoveries. Getting intimately acquainted with yourself and knowing how to satisfy your own needs so as to feel beautiful and good leads to self-enrichment.
Beauty is not something that should be left to the professionals; there is no single way to take care of yourself, but your way is the best way.
Here is some starting advice to guide your first steps and adapt your skincare routine to your skin type. The latter becomes rather settled during adulthood, yet your skin may experience variations as it becomes dehydrated or sensitive. What do you see when you look at yourself in a magnifying mirror?
Your face gives off a certain radiance. Your skin is not a troublemaker; it is soft to the touch; it looks even and has a fine, tight grain, an absence of shine, and a comfortable feel. This is normal skin.
Your matte, fine-textured skin often feels tight, but it has a fine, good-looking grain. When it is giving you a hard time, it can have a rough or cracked texture to the touch—so-called crocodile skin syndrome. Yours is dry skin.
You have a dreary air and a dull complexion. You experience a persistent sense of discomfort and tightness; sometimes your eyebrows or the sides of your nose tend to flake. Yours is dehydrated skin.
Your face is slightly shiny; the skin of your forehead and nose is oilier than that of your cheeks. Your pores appear larger on the T-zone, where the sweat glands are more heavily concentrated. Your cheeks are more sensitive and often display some redness after showering.Yours is combination skin.
Your face is shiny. Your skin grain is coarser and more irregular; you are prone to experiencing blemishes and blackheads; your pores are visible. Yours is oily skin.
Your skin is very prone to redness as well as itches, irritations, and unusual allergies.Yours is sensitive skin.
If in doubt, try the well-known tissue paper test. After cleansing and drying your face, wait for about thirty minutes and cut two strips of tissue paper, about one and a half inches wide. Apply the first one to your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and the other to a temple and a cheek. Keep those in place for two minutes, without rubbing the skin.
If both strips show numerous stains, your skin is probably oily.
If only the strip that was applied to your T-zone is stained, you have combination skin. If both strips show few stains, your skin is normal.
If neither of the strips is stained at all, you have dry skin.
Pay attention to the evolution of your skin on a day-to-day basis or in periods of seasonal change. You will notice it evolves and requires more attention during stressful times or periods of intense fatigue. When you are on vacation, you will forget all about it. Adapt your regimen to these variations, and when your usual routine no longer works, adjust it by trusting your instincts and your sensations. Your skin is talking to you: listen to it.
Learn more about skin care and beauty remedies in AN ATLAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY by Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami!
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Excerpted from AN ATLAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY by Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami. Copyright © 2018 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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