Skin & Beauty
Skin and beauty are two important aspects of feeling confident on a daily basis. While it is thought that only women care about their skin and beauty, men are also concerned with their skin. Your skin is often perceived as an important part of your outer appearance and beauty, and should be well cared for. The following will provide you with information on how best to take care of your skin according to your skin type and health.
Before choosing a skin care plan on deciding on what products to choose for skin and beauty, you need to know your skin type. There are four skin types; normal, dry, oily, and combination. However even if you have one skin type, it can change with time, as you age, from genetics, hormone changes, and lifestyle choices. Dry skin is usually easy to spot as you will require more lotion or moisturizer to keep a good moisture balance, along with oily skin that never feels clean and is always slick to the touch. Normal skin types are a good balance of moisture, even skin tone, and small pores. Combination skin is most often dry on your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and oily on your cheeks. Find out your skin type before deciding what products will be most useful.
One of the most important products for skin and beauty is a good moisturizer. Start by looking for a moisturizer made specifically for your skin type. If you have dry skin, the moisturizer will add moisture, and with oily skin, it will moisturize your skin without leaving an oily residue. Look for a moisturizer that has sunscreen built in so that you never leave your house without it. You should be using your moisturizer at least twice a day; in the morning after cleansing and exfoliating your face and before applying makeup, and at night before bed after you have washed the makeup and dirt. Before bed, dermatologists also recommend a moisturizer that contains Retinol as it can help improve your skin cells.
When to Call a Dermatologist
For most people, buying quality cleanser, exfoliants, sunscreen, and moisturizer products are enough for healthy skin. However there are some instances where you might need to visit your dermatologist. Call your dermatologist if you notice any significant changes in your skin including moles changing colors or shape, age spots, new spots on your skin that look like more than one color, oddly shaped, or raised, excessive hair growth on your face, or patchy hair loss on your scalp.