Our skin is a living organ that constantly regenerates itself and the right care can improve its support, elasticity and shine. There are four general skin types: oily, dry, normal and combination skin. Dry Skin: If your skin has a strong tendency toward dehydration, lacks oil and has few breakouts, it is considered dry. In more extreme cases, dry skin lacks elasticity and can be extremely sensitive to the sun, wind and cold temperatures. Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy cleanser and warm water. To treat this type of skin you can rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Avoid toners and makeup that contain alcohol as alcohol based products have a drying effect on skin. Use a cream based lotion to hydrate your skin and keep it rejuvenated. Oily Skin: If your skin is oily, it usually has a lot of shine to it after cleansing and the pores are generally slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads than other skin types and is coarser in texture. This type of skin tends to attract more dirt than dry skin, so wash your face twice a day with a gentle non foaming cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water. Use an alcohol free, hydrating toner to help remove additional residue. Although your skin’s oily, you still must moisturize it with a light moisturizer daily or your skin will become dry underneath and overcompensate by producing more oil. Normal Skin: Some consider normal skin to be combination skin, but it is not. If your skin is oily in the T-zone and your nose dry and taut on the cheeks, it is considered normal. It is also considered normal if it changes with seasons like dryer in winter and oilier in summer. For this type of skin wash your face with cleansers that are designed for your normal skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner all over the face. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry skin. Sensitive Skin: You may have sensitive skin which can be normal, oily, or dry. If your skin has allergic reactions to beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind and cold weather, it is sensitive. Sensitivity can show up in rash, redness, inflammation, acne and dilated capillaries. Look for cleansers, toners, makeup and moisturizers that are fragrance free. Cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin with gentle products every day. The idea for healthy skin is to always choose products with a soothing benefit.