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Your Skin Type

Understanding your skin type will help you choose the right skin care products.  Follow our descriptions to determine the skin type that best describes you.

Normal
Your skin is considered normal if:
• You have fine pores. 
• You have a clean and fresh appearance. 
• Your skin feels soft and moist. 
• Your make-up stays on. 
• It breaks out only occasionally, and primarily in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). 
• It sunburns, then tans. 
• About ten minutes after cleansing, before moisturizing, it feels somewhat tight.

Normal skin is firm and unlined and seems to have a dewy or glowing look.  It is translucent; not dull or opaque.  The pores are small and texture is smooth, is neither oily or dry.  Few people enjoy this type of skin over an extended period and special care should be given to maintain this skin type.  The person with normal skin is usually the one who abuses it - no matter what she does, or doesn't do, it looks lovely.  Because of this, she almost "ages overnight".  The changes are so slight that she does not see the wrinkles coming.  Normal skin dries as it ages and when there is not enough water and oil being generated, her skin starts to line.  She may get the odd blackhead during the summer months.


Dry
Your skin is considered dry if: 
• You have small pores. 
• You have premature lines. 
• You have a dull, parched, flaky look. 
• Your skin has diminished flexibility and elasticity. 
• Your skin lacks oil and/or moisture. 
• It almost always burns, rarely tans. 
• About ten minutes after cleansing, before moisturizing, it feels parched and taut. 

Dry skins look tight and are sometimes leathery if she is a sun worshipper.  If you have her turn her head to the side, the skin on the cheek pulls taut.  It looks and is, thin (1-10 layers).  It chaps and flakes easily.  Exposure to the sun and wind, as well as the aging process (all skins dry out as they mature) are prime factors causing dry skin.  Because dry skin generates very little water (is dehydrated), or very little oil (asteototic), the pores are rigid, being clamped together so that the pore size is very small.  Her skin will have a smooth appearance.  This is the most difficult skin to bring into normal range.   


Sensitive
Your skin is considered sensitive if: 
• It blotches and flushes easily. 
• It chaps or burns readily. 
• You have tiny, visible blood vessels. 
• It reacts to temperature changes. 
• It is intolerant of fragrances. 
• It's fair. 
• It reddens or burns easily in reaction to certain products. 
• It's dry. 

Couperose skin is identified by small broken capillaries seen beneath the skin's surface (small veins and vessels).  The skin is usually thing and translucent, dry - but not always.  NEVER use hot towels on this skin type, only warm, as too much heat causes blood to rush to the surface.  Never use hot them splash with cold, as this can create further damage.  The skin reacts quickly to extreme temperatures.  In the winter she should cover her cheeks with her hands to normalize temperatures, when going from hot to cold or cold to hot.  Masks, exfoliators and refiners should be used with care and only when necessary.  Proper treatment can help strengthen the walls of capillaries and improve the health and appearance of skin. 


Oily
Your skin is considered oily / acne-prone if: 
• You have enlarged pores and coarse texture. 
• Your skin develops shine. 
• You have blackheads and pimples. 
• It tans easily.  
• About an hour after cleansing, without moisturizer, you can run your finger down your nose and pick up oil. 

Oily skin is usually shiny and has a coarse texture.  Blackheads and pimples are a recurring problem.  Pores are enlarged (like an orange peel).  Patches of flakiness occur where excess oils have dried, especially around the nose.  Because of constant lubrication it stays younger looking.  It feels thicker than dry or normal (10-15 layers).  She can be over-controlling the oil by using excessively drying alcohols or strong astringents to "feel clean" and compounds her oil problem by drying out the surface.  She now becomes an doily skin with a dry or dehydrated surface and needs to use products to control the oil as well as the dryness, making it perhaps the trickiest skin type to deal with.  There are also healthy oily skins with large pores that are free of debris and function normally with no blackheads or breakouts. See more info about acne skin below.


Combination 
Your skin is considered combination if:
• You have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). 
• You have normal-to-dry cheeks and throat. 
• You have an oily U-zone (chin, jawline, hairline at temples).

Combination skin is characterized by an oily T-zone (across forehead and down nose and chin with some large pores, and normal to dry cheeks with small pores), or U-panel (oily along the chin, jaw line and hair line at temples - larger pores - and usually normal to dry everywhere else).  Each area should be treated with the appropriate IMAGE & more product.


Mature 
Your skin is considered mature if:
• It is usually loose, wrinkled and/or lined. 
• It lacks elasticity. 
• It lacks color. 

Mature skin is usually loose, crepey, wrinkled and/or lined.  Body processes slow down and the cells are not replaced as rapidly.  Aging skin often lacks elasticity.  Treatment can help slow down the aging process and help diminish lines.  Mature skin CAN be made to look younger.   


A Note About Acne 
Acne skin is usually oily skin.  It is characterized by blackheads and pimples.  Acne has a demoralizing effect on the person and, if neglected, can cause scarring and pitting.  Treatments help keep the skin clean and normalized the production of sebum (oil).  IMAGE &more products treat simple acne (blackheads and breakouts), but not vulgaris, an advanced form of acne.  In addition to a good skin care program, we recommend a person with vulgaris to see a dermatologist. 


 

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