Skin requires different care at different ages and for different skin conditions. A teenager’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a mature adult, and a baby’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a teen. But chronological age is not the only factor to consider when determining the age of skin and the care it needs. The real age of the skin that determines the care it needs is based on other factors. For example, a woman in her twenties who has skin that has suffered major sun damage may very well see her skin wrinkling. She would benefit from wrinkle-reducing skin care products that are usually marketed to older people.
Any illness or surgery that alters the body’s chemistry also alters skin care needs, regardless of the chronological age of the body. Women who go through early menopause or must have a hysterectomy at a young age for whatever reason will find that their skin benefits from the use
of topical estrogen creams.
The first thing that you need to know about the type of skin care products that you need to use is the type skin that you have. Skin is classified into several different groups according to the production of sebum:
Normal skin is neither dry nor oily. Normal skin is clear, soft, and smooth with a healthy glow. (Normal skin is what all of us are striving for.)
Oily skin is exactly what the name implies. Oily skin is indicative of overproductive sebaceous glands. Oily skin appears coarser because the pores are usually enlarged, and oily skin is also more prone to clogged pores, blackheads, and acne.
Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. The sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil and the skin does not retain enough moisture. The skin appears to be dry and flaky.
Combination skin is skin that has both oily patches and dry patches.
The products that you purchase for skin care need to be age-appropriate, but the age that you need to consider isn’t your chronological age, but rather the “true” age of your skin.
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