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Skin Types and Benefits of Aloe Vera for Your Skin

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0

Aloe Vera Uses on an Oily, Dry and Normal Skin

Getting to know your skin type before you start any treatment is the first thing to do in order to achieve better results. Although there are different varieties and combinations, we can categorise our skin into three different types: oily, dry and normal; however, we also need to take into account the combination of some of all of them; in addition, some experts have started to add a fourth type: sensitive skin; this is a debatable subject as a “sensitive type” could occur in any of the three main types and rather than a different category, it should be considered a characteristic associated with them.   It is vital to know that the categorisation of a skin type is mainly determined by amount of oil that it generates and how your skin controls and deal with it.


Characteristics of an Oily Skin and Aloe Vera

There are very distinguishable signs of an oily skin: dilated and visible pores, normally shiny and prone to develop blackheads and acne.  Oily skin is very common on teenagers and in some adults but the amount of oil decreases with age.  Although people with oily skin are more likely to suffer from acne, the positive side is that they are less likely to develop fines lines and wrinkles.

Look after an oily skin: since they are more prone to suffer from acne breakouts, an oily skin is normally treated with an astringent product such as Aloe Vera gel; one of the best options is the Acne treatment soap with Aloe Vera; the properties of this natural plant protects and nourishes your skin wile reducing excess of oil. You should hydrate your skin with a free-oil moisturiser as your body will fight the dryness by producing more oil.


Characteristics of a Dry Skin and Aloe Vera

Dryness is caused when the sebaceous glands don’t produce enough sebum to nourish our skin, the result is a rough and dull looking face; in the majority of the cases the skin feels tight and in some occasions flaky. A dry skin is synonym of dehydration, which normally is the root of fine lines and surface wrinkles on your face. Another characteristic is that the pores tend to be almost closed and not very visible.

Look after a dry skin: more care should be taken if you have a dry skin; although an oily type will likely produce acne; a dry skin will result in premature lines and signs of ageing, even at a very young age. A moisturiser cream specifically for dry skin should be used; make sure the product is PABA free and offers SPF protection. Daily hydration is necessary to treat this type of skin, preferably after a shower and before going to bed.


Characteristics of a Normal or Mixed Skin and Aloe Vera

While a normal skin is ideal and the easiest type of skin to look after; a combination skin is probably the toughest to care for; have you ever heard the famous T? A combination type is characterised by excess fat in the forehead, nose and chin (The T) and dry cheeks and cheekbones; the difficulty of treating a combination skin is reduced once you have identified you have this type of skin as both the oily and dry zones are less extreme.

Look after a combination skin: avoid exposure for long periods of time in the sun and polluted areas, avoid smoking and sleep better to improve your skin. Usually a good cleaning and moisturiser is enough, the T Gel of aloe is good for lowering oil levels and nourishing enough to treat your cheeks and cheekbones.



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