As a skincare specialist I often get asked for advice. Usually about teenage skin and mature skin. So I decided to create a blog for teenagers, if you do the activities below by the end of this blog you will have a greater understanding of your own skin.
It might be a long time ago for me but I still remember those years being quite stressful. Body changes and pubity bring lots of emotions and stress, this often shows itself in the way our skin behaves. Hence we often hear people use the phrase "teenage skin".
Many people lack skincare knowledge especially understanding skin types. Like a doctor prescribes medicine how can you prescribe a skin routine for your skin if you can't diagnose what problems are present?
One of the biggest misdiagnosis is people saying "I have dry skin", when in fact their skin is actually dehydrated.
Skin is often made up of various skin types, the rare few are lucky enough to be blessed with 'normal' skin. As I use to tell my students "my daughter has normal skin", at the time she was 3. Her skin was clear, supple, moist and had amazing elasticity. Mine on the other hand was dehydrated, fine and deep set lines, commadones and patchy in tone (Thank godness for makeup)!
So you can understand your skin let take a closer look.
Cleanse your skin.
Using a hand mirror find a well lit room.
Looking into the mirror anyalise your skin by looking at one area at a time.
Place your finger tips on your cheek for a few seconds, then gently drag your finger tips off your face.
Look at your finger tips under the light, are they are shiny?
During your inspection touch and feel the skin.
Print a face chart from the internet or create your own, make notes on the chart while inspecting your skin.
Oily skin has a yellowish tone, figure tips will be shiny after touching the skin. Spots are usually present. Pores are often enlarged or blocked and look like tiny black spots (commadones).
Dry skin is rough to touch can look a little grey in tone, flakey, tight and tiny hard white spots (millia) often found around the nose and eye area.
Normal skin is everyone's dream. Smooth to touch, soft, supple, clear no spots, no dry or oily patches and good elasticity.
Combination skin is made up oily, dry & normal skin. For example the nose could be oily, cheeks dry forhead normal.
All these skin types could however be dehydrated. Using your index finger place it along your jawlone in a straight line. Keep your finger straight and firm while gently pushing upward. Look at the skin, if fine lines appear the skin is dehydrated. If your nose is oily yet around the creases the skin appears dry and flaky it is an indication that the skin is dehydrated. Fine lines can be a sign of dehydration once skin is treated correctly many of these false fine lines start to disappear.
Once you understand what's happening with the skin you can start to treat it. That can be a mind field on its own!
Looking after your skin doesn't need to be expensive, some of my favourite brands are Nivea, No7, Estee Lauder. Investing in a cleanser, Toner and Moisuriser is a must. Additional serums and eye creams etc are great but you mainly need the first three. Also it is a myth that oily skin doesn't need moisturising it does!
One the best things for an oily skin is to cleanse, tone and moisturise. It will balance the skin creating a good ph balance.
Everyone needs a skincare routine, skin is the biggest organ and matures at 25!!!
If you follow the tasks in this blogg you will be able to create a routine suitable for your skin. I will be running a masterclass in 2019 that will also enable you to gain more about skincare.