Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dry, Oily, or a Combination

Dry, Oily, or a Combination - They Are Obsolete Skin Type Definitions  

Natural and holistic treatments have been found to be extremely beneficial for maintaining healthy skin and supporting the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are a safe and gentle alternative without the harmful side effects of synthetic chemicals often found in over-the-counter products and prescription medications.

It's time to do away with outdated definitions of skin type. By limiting the field to dry, oily, or a combination, - then we do not take into account many crucial factors. Let's look at the four parameters that really define your skin type:

• Dry (D) vs. Oily (O)

Dry skin may appear dull and rough - dry skin types find moisturizer soothing and gravitate toward creamy makeup. Many people assume this parameter is solely affected by oil production, but the condition of your skin barrier - the moisture-retaining outer layer of skin - is equally important. Oily skin appears shiny, and those who have it may prefer gel or powder-based cosmetic products, as moisturizers tend to feel greasy.

• Sensitive (S) vs. Resistant (R)

Sensitive skin flushes easily and may become red and irritated at the slightest deviation from its standard routine - it may also be prone to acne and eczema. While resistant skin sounds like an unqualified blessing, people with this type often need to use stronger products to penetrate their skin and achieve the desired effect.

• Pigmented (P) vs. Non-Pigmented (N)

Some people believe that pigmented types are always dark-skinned, which is absolutely not the case. Anyone who experiences unwanted dark spots (melasma, sun spots, or freckles, for example) is a pigmented type - in fact, 21 percent of visits to the dermatologist are for treatment of dark spots.

• Wrinkled (W) vs. Tight (T)

Short of a crystal ball, this parameter is the best indication of how your skin will age, based on both genetic tendencies and lifestyle. You can't do much about your genes, of course, but your daily routine can significantly affect your score on the wrinkled-tight scale - sun exposure, smoking, and poor nutrition, for example, all contribute to skin aging.

Put them together, and you get 16 skin types - a far more realistic picture. (For example, my skin type is DSNT, which means that my treatment focuses not only on moisturizing my dry skin, but on preventing irritation. 

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It plays an important role in elimination and detoxification. Your skin reveals what's going on inside you, therefore, it is important to detox for beautiful skin, inside and out. When the colon becomes overloaded, by over eating for example, skin will attempt to compensate and release toxins. If the liver cannot efficiently filter impurities, the skin will try to release the excess toxins.

Poor skin coloring could indicate a build up of wastes in the liver or drug residues. Poor skin tone is a sign of antioxidant deficiency. Free radicals affect skin collagen and elastin proteins causing wrinkled and dry skin. Rashes and Skin Bumps that aren't healing are also a sign of wastes not being properly eliminated. You may have to detox internally, for beautiful skin.

We have all seen the results of dry skin, but what's going on beneath the surface? Your top layer of skin, the epidermis, is actually made of four layers - in the middle, lipids (basically, fats) surround your skin cells and help to retain moisture. When that barrier is disturbed, your skin cells aren't held together as well, and their edges curl up - hence dry skin's rough, scaly, and dull appearance.

So what disturbs your skin barrier - and what can you do about it?

While congenital factors influence some cases, dry skin is typically caused by one or several of the following culprits:

• Harsh Detergents: Anyone with dry skin should avoid products that foam, as they can remove more of your skin's valuable lipids and impair its natural ability to hydrate. Don't just look in your shower - harsh detergents are lurking around your kitchen sink or laundry. Gentle, sulfate free products cleanse effectively and safely without stripping or irritating skin.  

• Low Humidity: Dry environments - desert or wintry climates, for example - draw more moisture from your skin. If you're uncomfortable, invest in a humidifier or at the very least, leave containers of water around the house to rehydrate the air.

• Bathing: Frequent showers limit the skin's ability to replace natural oils. Furthermore, bathing often encompasses two other causes of dry skin - hot water and harsh detergents. After bathing, apply moisturizer while you're still damp to trap moisture on your skin.

• Weather: Particularly the sun plays a major role in damage to the skin so protect your skin accordingly and be sure to use SPF.

Regardless of what skin type we have in our youth - skin becomes drier as we age! Don't hesitate to re-evaluate your skin type and the products you use.

Your mother probably didn't worry about collagen treatments or the right antioxidant serums for her skin type, but she may very well have had glycerine in her medicine cabinet. So what's behind this impressive longevity in a field that's constantly evolving?

Simply put, glycerine is an ingredient that closely resembles your skin's natural moisturizing factor, or NMF. The naturally occurring chemicals of the NMF can absorb large amounts of water, even in low humidity environments. Glycerine, a humectant and an emollient, mimics that super-hydrating effect while smoothing your skin. Not only does glycerine quickly hydrate your skin, there is also evidence to suggest that it increases your skin barrier's ability to hold moisture. In other words, glycerine can actually make your skin more resistant to future drying - more than almost any other ingredient! Many creams, lotions, and even soaps contain glycerine, and there's an option for every skin type.

No element of skin care evokes more questions and claims than anti-aging products. It makes sense, right - If collagen loss causes skin sagging and wrinkles, then replenishing collagen should stop aging in its tracks. But it's not that simple.

There's absolutely no scientific evidence that collagen or elastin, the main components of your dermis - can penetrate the epidermis. Even "nanotechnology" has not proven to be able to return these substances into the skin. The molecules are simply too large. (The epidermis is the topmost layer of skin. The dermis is the next layer of skin where wrinkle-causing changes take place.) Be wary of creams and lotions that claim to topically replace collagen or elastin.

If you're going to spend money on skin care and skin treatments, antioxidant serums are the products to indulge. Look for products in an amber or aluminum tube or jar with a small opening that reduces exposure to the air. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid. Talk to a dermatologist about a Retinoid Treatment (proven to diminish existing lines, and help prevent new ones from forming).

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