The basis for beautiful skin is genetically given to us by our parents.
is mostly connected to our lifestyle and behaviour.~~ Anna Lotan
Not everyone is gifted with youthful and perfect-looking skin. Skin problems are common and not every solution will necessarily work well for everyone. It is always preferable to purchase the products best-suited for your skin type and you should therefore start by finding out your skin type, if you want to get the best care solution for your skin.
You can also do much to help your skin by adopting a healthier lifestyle to provide better nourishment for your skin. Making sure you are getting enough sleep, avoiding smoking, maintaining an active lifestyle and ensuring proper hydration are just examples.
Essentially, there are five commonly recognised basic skin types. If you are not sure about which is your particular skin type, then you should consider consulting with a skin care professional before embarking on any particular home care regimen.
: This skin type is very common and requires separate treatment for each area. It is oily down the T-zone and dry on the cheeks.
: This type of skin lacks both sebum and moisture. It looks fine textured, transparent, patchy and fragile. The skin flakes and chaps more easily compared to other skin types. Tiny expression lines may be obvious.
: This skin type has over-reactive sebaceous (oil-producing) glands, which makes the face shiny especially down the central panel (T-zone) of your nose, forehead and chin.
: This skin type, especially, reacts externally and internally to changes in life. Both oily and dry, it can be easily disturbed by skin-care products and cosmetics. It tends to go blotchy and have broken veins at the same time. It may show a flushed or reddened look and may even itch.
: This skin type has a balanced oil and water content and it feels smooth and velvety. The colour of the skin glows below the translucent surface. This skin type definitely needs care if it is to last.
These skin types may be further categorised by a series of recognised skin conditions including - Mature, Dehydrated, Hyper-pigmented, Seborrhea, Rosacea, Acne Prone and Couperose (Fragile).
Why should I see an esthetician?
Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the
skin, to maintain its health and vitality. Estheticians
are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. As well as various facial treatments, they commonly also perform body treatments such as salt or sugar scrubs, moisturizing or slenderizing body wraps, hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading, and hand/foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Estheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few. And finally, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.
What is the difference between Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Esthetics?
Dermatology is a branch of the medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Esthetic practice specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license. If you’re being treated by a dermatologist, your esthetician can provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, estheticians are trained to recognize early signs of many medical conditions affecting the skin and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.
Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatments including nail care, hair care and styling, makeup application, skin care and more. Esthetics is one branch of cosmetology; some estheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice.
What about home care?
Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your esthetician is trained to help you select the products that will most benefit your skin and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.