It’s all about the skin…

In my previous post, I mentioned how important it was to moisturize and also the difference between dry and oily skin. This time I would like to go a little in depth on the topic.

As mentioned before, there are 4 different types of skin – dry, oily, normal & combination.

Dry skin has under-active sebum glands while oily skin has over-active sebum glands. Dry skin tend to look flaky and peeled and sometimes have that over stretched feeling after washing. As for oily skin, it’s the shine. With the over-active sebum glands, your skin will be shining even when you’re indoors.

Those with normal skin are often considered the lucky ones to have glands that produces the right amount of sebum. But because of hormones and also external factors like the weather, normal skin can also go through periods of dryness or over-active sebum glands. Although, the results are not as extreme and acne is rarely an issue.

As for combination skin, there are areas of the face that is oilier than other areas – particularly the forehead, nose and chin – while there are areas that is quite dry – like the cheeks. Combination skin needs to look for skin care that’s specially designed for them and might probably need to pay more attention on the areas that I mentioned.

It might seem a little complicated and troublesome to take note of such matters (which some people consider as trivial), but it’s actually not. As long as you make it a habit to keep your skin clean (with the right cleanser – which I will talk about in my other post) and of course, moisturize and eat healthily regularly, eventually it will all be like clockwork.

If you have any questions or anything else about this, feel free to comment and I will reply you as best as I can. Until then, take care lovelies!

UPDATED: For a full analysis of your skin type, check out this site!


Why should I moisturize?

Being the daughter of a makeup artist (my mum did bridal makeup when I was still running around in diapers), I have always been surrounded by beauty products – colorful eyeshadows, creamy lipsticks and all sorts of creams and lotions. I was also a child performer for school shows and my mum did my makeup for me all the way until I was in around 12 years old. That was when she decided that she can’t be taking time off from work all the time just to doll me up for the stage. So she taught me the basics of putting on a pretty face and she couldn’t emphasize enough on the importance of the moisturizer.

“Remember – you apply it before you apply foundation and right after you wash your face. And just to be safe, you apply it before you sleep as well.”

There was also a technique to applying it – always go upwards towards your hairline. Never pull downwards or go round and round, or else your face will be crisscrossed with wrinkles.

That was one of the many beauty advice that I received from my mother, and until this day, I always try to remember to moisturize. Although, there were days when I was just too tired / too lazy / too drunk (?) to do so. Which I totally regretted the next morning, as my skin ends up feeling so dry, rough and tight, I was afraid that even the slightest movement would cause a crack on my face.

So, why moisturize? Why is it so important?
Does it really help to contribute to good skin?

First we have to understand how the moisturizer works. Our skin has natural oil – produced by tiny glands inside the hair follicle – which helps to sort of protect our skin from viruses and bacteria. It also collects dead skin cells and dirt (Ewwww…). When we wash our face, we are actually removing this layer of oil leaving our skin clean, but unprotected against the elements and irritants that causes premature aging. By applying moisturizer, we give our skin a new (and clean) layer of protection which also keeps it hydrate.

So now we know the importance of it. But what would happen if you decide to go without it and does it really helps maintain a healthy skin?

As we know, there are different types of skin – Dry, Oily, Normal & Combination – but today I will only touch on two.

Dry skin has sebum glands that are under-active, thus not being able to produce enough natural oils. Without the aid of moisturizer, the skin would become very dry and eventually will start flaking, itching and cracking making it red and very sore.

As for Oily skin, the sebum glands are over-active and produces more natural oil than needed which would lead to clogged pores and acne. Therefore it needs a stronger cleanser to remove the oil. But by doing so, the skin would go through periods of time unprotected with extreme dryness. That’s when moisturizer is needed.

So, there you go ladies, a little low-down on the importance of moisturizer. Until then, take care and remember to moisturize!