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Why your therapist is better than the beauty pages

What is the difference between a skin type and a skin condition and does it matter? A skin type is a description of skin that relates to the amount of oil found present. There are three skin types—yes, you read right—only three: oily, normal and dry.

An oily skin presents with oil all over the face intensifying towards the T-zone. Dry skin has a lack of oil all over the face. Normal skin has some oil present in the T-zone that may intensify in the late afternoon; this skin type represents the largest proportion of the population.

Skin conditions are issues that can be found on the skin that are mainly caused by internal or external influences (read lifestyle, environment and diet). Skin conditions included sensitivity, acne, lines, sagging, blackheads, dullness, dehydration, pigmentation and so on. Sometimes the location of these conditions can help to identify the internal issues that are affecting the skin. For example, it is very common for those with intestinal issues to have them manifested on the chin area. By understanding that we can help resolve issues with a two-pronged solution that addresses the cause and the symptom.

Did you know that the orbital area is representative of the kidneys? That’s why when we have a hangover these areas look darker and more dehydrated than usual. Asthmatics or shallow breathers usually have sensitive cheeks, sometimes with a tendency to break out as well. After a fabulous lunch with lots of food and booze you can see the area between the eyebrows become puffy and sometimes even pulsate. As interesting as it is to dig into the internal influences, the external ones must be eliminated first. If breakouts occur on one cheek but not the other, it could be that your mobile phone needs cleaning, not that you have lung issues!

Sadly, dehydration and dryness are very commonly confused, however, they are very different and, therefore, need to be treated very differently. Dehydration is the lack of water in the skin, whereas dryness is the lack of oil in it. This is why I truly believe that working with a beauty specialist versus listening to skincare sales consultants is key to a healthy beautiful skin.

Our three best tips for wonderful healthy skin:
1. Know what your skin concerns are and make sure the benefits of the skincare you choose match them. The latest and greatest products may not be perfect for your skin.
2. Use toners and masks. Yep, you think they don’t make a difference, however, they are game changers that put the power of great skin into your hands
3. Mix up your serums. Notice we are assuming that you already use them! For your skin, changing your serums is like changing your exercise routine for your body—it gives a boost and a shake-up.
We do a thorough skin analysis before every treatment to ensure you achieve the results you desire.

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