Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beauty Secret / Tip

Day 8.  Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)?  Share, please!

In 2 years working at a beauty clinic and having to do professional skin analysis and product recommendations on a daily basis I realised how complicated each persons skin is. That's why, I am convinced it is SO important to know your own skin.

If you don't know the ins and outs of your skin, you should definitely have a skin analysis done. If you're in Christchurch, give Body Business a call and they do them for free, no obligation (at least, they used to! :) )

One of the most common skin complaints that people had no idea about was the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. They are COMPLETELY different. Dry skin is your skin type - It may be flaky, course and show signs of premature aging. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can be remedied and may come and go depending on climate, the products you use, what you eat (lots of salts) etc. 

For example, my skin type is Oily (I can't change that), and most of the time I suffer from dehydrated skin. Crazy huh!! Infact, I discovered that most people in Christchurch had bouts of dehydrated skin, especially in a period of season change, or winter. You can tell if you have dehydrated skin by pinching your cheeks and forehead skin - It will create little horizontal or vertical crevices and look like it lacks water (because it is... it's dehydrated.)

You can remedie dehydrated skin really easily. Drink lots and lots of water is the cheapest easiest way!

Get yourself a GREAT toner. And by toner I don't mean the cheap type you by from the super market that probably has alcohol in it and is designed to dry out your skin and remove surface oil. No Ma'am! Thats no toner at all! You want a hydrating toner that will add moisture and will prep your skin to absorb your moisturiser well. (You can thank me later for that tip alone)

If you are severely dehydrated there's lots of other extras, you could invest in a hydrating serum to use once or twice a week, you could use a hydrating masque (NOT a clay masque) or you could use some pampering and buy yourself a professional facial!

Hopefully that helps you understand your skin a little better. If you want more info on any skin type feel free to ask me, or book yourself in for an analysis :)

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