Skin Types

Characteristic features

Normal Skin

Characteristic features

Is generally called "baby skin."  It is the ideal skin and as such, so rare.  It looks smooth, has medium thickness and a healthy, vibrant appearance.  Pores are slightly noticeable.  Has an excellent percentage of moisture and upon contact is gentle and well balanced.

What is the correct approach for maintaining a normal skin?

  1. Be retained diligently clean, protected, and bright.
  2. The accumulated dead cells located in the upper layers of the epidermis to be removed carefully so that moderate exfoliation can contribute to the process of generating new cells.Read phonetically
  3. Be protected from the harmful and damaging effects of solar radiation and other external factors (environmental hazards).
  4. Be supported by appropriate products to help retain its moisture in areas that have a tendency to dryness, especially in the sensitive contour of the eyes.
  5. Via osmosis, the skin is nourished with essential nutrients "from within" rather than being fed superficially from outside.

Dry skin

Characteristic Features

Has a very subtle look with pores that are hardly visible, almost nonexistent.  Is sensitive to the environmental conditions, is dull, lacks elasticity, and has a tendency to flake.   It has the feeling of “pulling” especially after cleansing.  The sebaceous glands are less active.  The dry skin easily loses its moisture through evaporation, cracks and has the tendency to easily form expression lines which, relatively early, become wrinkles.

What is the correct approach for the treatment of dry skin?

  1. Gentle exfoliation to remove dead cells and accelerate the renewal of the inner skin (regeneration of new cells) in order to "expose" the hydrated, improved layers of the epidermis.
  2. Continuous care with products that support skin barrier function and reduce evaporation of moisture.
  3. Intensive support of the skin with long lasting moisturizing elements that minimize, as far as possible, the use of chemical emulsifiers in formulations designed for it.
  4. Always be protected from harmful environmental factors such as UV radiation, pollution, climatic conditions, and free radicals.

Sensitive skin

Characteristic Features

Sensitive skin is thin, fragile, and vulnerable to atmospheric conditions (cold, sun, wind, heat, dust, pollution, temperature).  It is transparent, to the extent that visible capillary vessels appear close to the skin’s surface around the area of cheeks, nose, and chin (couperose).  Is often accompanied by redness and/or flushing, especially on the cheeks, nose fins, and sometimes on the chin.  In cases of allergic reaction intense irritation, rashes and itchiness can present themselves.  Nothing, apart from the special products intended for sensitive, can alleviate this type of skin and therapy must begin at the very first signs / symptoms.

What is the correct approach for the treatment of sensitive skin?

  1. Avoiding “highly active” or warming treatments (including hot showers or saunas).
  2. Evading oily, occlusive products because of their warming effect.
  3. Protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure is especially important for couperose skin.
  4. Gentle exfoliation to remove the dead cells (scales); to encourage the renewal process; and to achieve the thickening of fragile, couperose skin.
  5. Adopting a long-term treatment program, based on truly soothing products that calm and relieve the sensitive skin and maintain good hygienic conditions.

Mixed, oily and prone to acne skin

Characteristic features

Oily skin is tough, resilient, and coarse (like the skin of an orange).  It has a shiny appearance, especially around the T zone, following cleansing.  Has enlarged, visible pores, often filled with sebum particularly around the nose, chin and forehead.  It has elasticity, is gentle and smooth to the touch.  Dehydrates easily due to the use of harsh astringent products and because of enlarged and extended pores where moisture is not sustained.  Blackheads and whiteheads are evident.  From the age of 13+ it has the tendency of producing spots due to overactive sebaceous glands.  When pore openings are clogged with accumulated sebum, small bumps appear, generally known as whiteheads or blackheads, due to oxidation. When these residues become inflamed, the condition is described as acne.

What is the correct approach for the treatment and maintenance of mixed, oily, or problematic skin?

  1. Light exfoliation for better drainage of the skin in order to release clogged pores.
  2. Maintaining hygienic conditions (conscientious cleaning) of the skin.  With strict hygiene care and correct nutrition, the oily skin regulates better as it responds well to a scrupulous programme of personal care and fresh air.
  3. All the products that are used must be non-occlusive and with oil-free formulations, in order not to further aggravate the condition.
  4. The skin must be meticulously protected from damaging environmental factors, such as pollution, smoking and free radicals.
  5. Oily skin does not usually need a moisturizer.  It is well equipped by nature to maintain its own moisture and self-lubrication, unless extremely drying medications such as “accutane” are used.
  6. Harsh degreasing “formulations” in cleansers are not recommended because they often provoke a vicious cycle of “re-fattening”.
  7. Temporary dryness due to environmental or other reasons may be dealt with by using a light skin balancing cream.

Mature and damaged skin

Characteristic features

It is dull, melancholic, without vitality, rumpled and wrinkles have already developed.  It is usually dehydrated and is in general, age-worn skin.  After the age of 40, shows early signs of ageing such as expression lines and wrinkles around the eye and mouth areas, dehydration, atony, and slack.  Moderate to substantial sun damage can provoke the skin, appearing as pigmentation spots, wrinkles, and weakened skin tone.  Only systematic care with products rich in hydrating elements, nutrients and rejuvenating ingredients can prolong its ageing process.

What is the correct approach for treatment and maintenance of mature, damaged skin?

  1. Intensive (but careful) exfoliation, to remove damaged upper epidermal layers and, at the same time, to accelerate the mechanism of cell regeneration and skin renewal “from within”.
  2. .It is essential to keep the skin well protected from further damage due to UV radiation and to minimize its unnecessary exposure to the sun.
  3. Equally necessary is the protection of skin from the damaging effects of free radicals, pollution and smoking.
  4. Additionally, it is considered essential to support this type of skin with intensive moisturizing elements, effective antioxidants and other skin care formulations that strengthen its barrier function.
  5. Proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, will better “nourish” the skin from within rather than with any external preparations.

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