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Discover your skin type: For a glowing skin  

Before you start pampering your skin, you have to find out what type of skin you have. Only then can you decide how best you can take care of it.

Types of skin

Dry: The skin of your face and neck is parched and dry because the skin cannot retain moisture. After washing and cleansing, it feels ‘tight,' especially if you use the wrong kind of soap.

Dry skin wrinkles faster. Because there is build up of dead skin, it is prone to flaking and develops white and pinkish patches.

During winter or in slightly cold weather, it dries faster.

If you are fair your skin will look gray or dull and you may have freckles.

Oily: Oily skin looks shiny and greasy most of the time. This type of skin attracts dust that sticks on due to the oily surface; such skin usually has pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, spots and blemishes.

And worse, these will leave pores that have a tendency to enlarge. A little exposure to the sun and the face becomes oily.

The advantage is that oily skin ages and wrinkles slower than dry skin.

Normal: This kind of skin is smooth, supple and looks healthy. It has an even texture and a natural glow.

Although such skin may be prone to pimples, that can be taken care of easily and no pores are formed. This kind of skin doesn't blemish easily either.

Combination: This skin has a smooth, healthy and even texture.

But chances are that there maybe dry areas on the cheeks and areas around the eyes and mouth, and oily forehead, nose and chin.

Sensitive: The skin has a fine, thin, delicate texture that is often influenced by climatic conditions.

Fine pores on the skin might result in broken capillaries; prone to allergies and rashes. Exposure to sun, wind and insects, or the wrong kind of soap easily damages the skin.

Aging: This skin is very sensitive to sunlight. The aging process starts as early as 18 years with tiny wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. The skin may have a rubbery and dry texture.

Identifying your skin

Wash your face, pat it dry with a soft, fresh face towel. Take pieces of fine tissue paper and press it on different areas of your face.

If the paper sticks and becomes translucent, then your skin is oily. If the skin is dry, then the paper will be dry and slightly warm.

If it is dry and there is no perceptible change, the skin is normal.

If it sticks on to your forehead, nose and chin, then you have combination skin.

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