Latest Trends in Skin Care

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Beauty

Your skin reflects your state of health. Apart from the superficial beauty which can be witnessed by looking at the skin a reflection of the internal health condition can also well be observed upon analyzing of the skin. 


Identification of the Skin Type and subsequent undertaking of Skin Care regimen

For different skin types the skin care will vary accordingly. And the latest trend suggests that you must first know which type of skin you do have. Once this is known you could easily take measures for the betterment of your skin.

What is good for normal skin may not be good for the oily skin or dry skin. There are in fact five kinds of skins: oily, combination, sensitive, dry & sun-damaged. But how would you come to know in which category your skin actually falls? For this you only need to undergo a simple test.

Rona Berg in her book, Beauty the New Basics has revealed how to determine your skin type by the help of a skin test. This is what you need to do-

Wash your face, pat it dry, then take a few pieces of rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper & press on different areas on your face. For the oily skin, the paper will stick and will get translucent. If the paper doesn't stick or pick up any oily spots, you can easily presume you have a dry skin. If it sticks in your T-zone (forehead, nose & chin) then you have combination skin. Sensitive skin is thin and delicate with fine pores while the sun damaged skin feels tight with visible wrinkles. Pure normal skin is rare- it is a fact that about 70% of women have combination skin which is considered for all purposes to be normal (apart from sensitive the T-zone).

Latest Skin Care Trends

  • Age Defying Complex range of creams, lotions and skin care treatments Fresh Start from Ponds, Ponds Classics, Ponds Age Defying Complex, etc are the brands becoming fast popular for their efficacy.
  • Foundation Revlon Age Defying Color Make Up range is the in vogue foundation for makeup which also promises to take good care of your skin.
  • Natural Look Sublime Bronze from LOreal is fast gaining in popularity as a makeup ingredient which maintains the natural look. 

Concealing dark circles and pores, obtaining an even skin tone and skin color, removing acne skin impurities, repair and rejuvenation of sun-damaged skin, skin discoloration treatment and permanent hair removal using electrolysis or other means are the skin and beauty care procedures that are currently being pursued the most. All of these call for the help of specialists- beauticians, beauty/skin therapists and the like for correctly going about with carrying these out.

A whole range of vitaminised products aimed at providing your skin with a healthy glow have come up. Their aim is to conceal dark circles and blemishes by nourishing adequately (especially with Vitamins A and E) and cleanse and purify the skin so as to keep acne conditions, pimples, blackheads and minor skin ailments at bay.

Some modern self-help skin care tips/suggestions keeping in with the latest researches done on health and beauty are:

  • Daily consumption of 2 liters of water & fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Take high quality supplements- including a vitamin & mineral rich pill (suggested by a specialist) and an Omega 3 essential fatty acids
  • Knowing your skin type and using cosmetics accordingly and also adopting skin care suitably based on skin characteristics.
  • Exercising regularly and having a sound sleep and striving to keep stress levels to a minimum.
  • Limiting intake of caffeine (present in coffee) and alcohol consumption.
  • Avoiding excessive exposure to extremes of temperature and wind/environmental conditions.

Developing a feeling of confidence to enhance beauty is also a recent trend. Beauty experts have been lately laying stress upon cultivating beauty of the mind to support beauty of the skin. In this way you can look your best always and stun all who behold you with your inside out beauty.