This skin types in neither oily nor dry. It has soft, velvety texture.
Colour glows under its translucent surface. Beautiful as it is, it needs
care, if it is to last.
People with normal skins start showing signs of age and wrinkling sooner
than others, if they tend to neglect their skins. Daily cleansing, toning
and nourishing is adequate care for normal skin.
In this kind of skin, the oil-producing glands are overactive. They
produce more oil than is needed, giving the skin a greasy shine. The pores
are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look. It is also prone to blackheads,
pimples and acne.
Oily skin needs special cleansing to keep the pores unclogged. The
flow of oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age.
At other times of life, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance.
The skin lacks both sebum (oil) and moisture. It looks fine-textured,
transparent, patchy and fragile. There may be tiny expression lines. It
flakes and chaps easily.
There are many factors which affect dry skins and make them even more
dry. For instance, washing with soap and water not only removes grime but
also the natural oils that protect the skin. Exposure to the sun, air-conditioners
and heaters also take their toll.
This type of skin has a greasy area, while the rest is dry or normal.
The forehead, nose and chin, i.e. the T-zone, may be greasy and the rest
Combination skins are very common and are one of the most frequently
misunderstood and mistreated skins. This type of skin requires separate
treatment for each area. However, both the dry and greasy areas need moisturising.