Different Skin Types

Normal skin is usually in good condition and has a sufficient supply of sebum (oil) and moisture. Normal skin is free of blemishes but can benefit from maintenance treatments to keep it healthy and attractive.

Dry skin is lacking oil or moisture or both. Treatments can help to eliminate the drying conditions by stimulating the oil glands to produce the natural oils and retain the moisture that is needed to keep the skin lubricated.

Oily skin has an overabundance or oil and may or may not be blemished. Treatments will help to normalize the production of sebum and help to clear blemishes.

Combination skin may have dry and oily areas, or a combination of conditions. Treatments help to normalize the functioning of the sebaceous gland and improve the health and appearance of the skin.

Couperous skin is identified by small broken capillaries beneath the surface. Treatments help to strengthen the walls of the capillary and improve the health and appearance of the skin.

Mature or aging skin is usually loose, creepy, wrinkled and or lined. Treatments will help to slow down the aging process and help diminish surface lines. Dry skin is often due to the natural aging process of the body. As a person advances in years, the body’s processes slow down and cells are not replaced as rapidly as they were when the person was younger. It is not difficult to diagnose aging skin, but skin ages at different rates due to the following factors:

  • The skin ages due to neglect and the external treatment it has received.
  • Exposure to too much sun, wind, salt water, or polluted air will hasten the aging process.
  • Physiological disease, ill health, and psychological or emotional problems can cause the skin to appear older.
  • Extreme weight loss can result in loss of muscle tone and lined and sagging skin, which in turn gives the skin an aged appearance.
  • Medications, lack of proper diet, and the misuse of alcoholic beverages and smoking may affect the appearance of the skin.

Help for mature skin: The mature client’s skin can be improved but the natural aging process can’t be reversed, nor the skin restored to the same vital condition of youth. I advise my clients that the treatments can make the skin look and feel better, but there are no miracle treatments that can restore aging skin. Cosmetic (plastic) surgery or skin refining, along with proper salon treatments and the enhancement of makeup may help to achieve the desired results.

Elasticity of the skin: Aging skin will often lack elasticity. The skin is tested for elasticity by taking a small section of the facial skin or neck between the thumb and forefinger and giving the skin a slight outward pull. When the skin is released, and if the elasticity is good, the skin will immediately return to its normal shape. If the skin is slow to resume its normal shape, it is lacking elasticity.

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