If you are lucky enough you would have flawless, healthy skin and nothing to worry about. However, most people are born with oily or dry skin, endowed with the struggle to treat it. It is not the end; maintained properly, you could twist your luck to gain healthy skin, no matter how greasy or how chapped and grey your skin is.

The crucial step is to identify your skin type. Extensive skin care carried out without proper knowledge of your skin type does not help. Therefore, before you start treating your skin, follow this method for proper identification. First, remove any makeup and wash your face with lukewarm water. Wait for an hour for your skin to come back to its natural condition. Take a tissue and dab your face, paying attention to your forehead and nose – this is called ‘T- zone’. If there is grease on the tissue, your skin is oily.
Another common characteristic of oily skin is large pores with a shiny surface. Flakes of dead skin on the tissue would indicate that your skin is dry. Also the skin would feel taut. If there is no grease or flakes on the tissue, this means you are blessed with normal skin, with fewer worries than the rest of us. If the skin is oily in the T- zone, and normal to dry elsewhere, then you have combination skin, the most common skin type. Sometimes, the skin on your face and body could be of two different types. Therefore, it is always better to test for the skin on your body separately; for example you can test your hands and legs, using the above method.

Remedy for oily skin
Oily skin is the result of your sebaceous glands (oil glands) secreting too much sebum. Do not despair! Oily skin tends to age better than other skin types, and it forms less wrinkles. All you need is a remedy for excess grease and you will be set.

First, wash your face with warm water; this would dissolve excess oil and remove it from your face more effectively. Then, massage your face with a fine grain powder, such as gram powder. This would remove dead skin and bacteria, along with excess oil. Next, you need a face mask to remove the excess grease. For this, mix one teaspoon of honey with egg white. Add a bit of flour, to make a paste. Apply on your face and body. Make sure that you avoid the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes, and wash off with warm water. Try this two times a week. This would tighten up pores and regulate the secretion of sebum, making the skin grease free. To round off, apply a thin layer of plain yoghurt all over your skin, leave for 15 minutes and wash off. The lactic acid in yoghurt would exfoliate your skin and absorb excess oil simultaneously, without drying out your skin.

Remedy for dry skin
Dry skin is usually due to hereditary factors or nutritional deficiencies. It has little or no moisture and oil. Consequently you have to retain, as well as add moisture to the skin.

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First of all when you are taking a shower,make it short, and try to avoid hot showers as much as possible, as hot water tend to remove natural oil present on your body. Do not overdo cleansing or scrubbing. In fact, you could do it Cleopatra’s way, using milk; however be a little more concerned about being wasteful. Mix few drops of rose water with four tablespoons of milk. Rub on your body, leave on for 10 minutes, and wash with cold water. For best results, repeat this daily. Anti-inflammatory powers in milk would sooth your skin, while lactic acid would help exfoliate and retain skin moisture.

Use a body wrap made of avocado, prepared using avocado pulp, to restore dry skin.  Spread on your skin, leave on until it dries and wash off with cold water. Repeat once a week. Follow with an extra virgin olive oil massage, which would condition and moisturize the dry skin. You would experience smooth, silky skin in few weeks’ time – be confident!