Collagen and elastin
Along with a radiant glow, the strength and flexibility of skin are also strong indicators of health and youth. These are affected by collagen and elastin. Collagen gives the skin form and strength. When collagen weakens, as occurs naturally with age, the lack of strength in the skin forms wrinkles and sagging skin. Lack of moisture, environmental damage such as UV light, and frequent changes in weight can speed up this process. Elastin gives the skin flexibility and elasticity, helps skin to regain its shape after being stretched or pulled. It is weakened by the same factors as collagen, and its weakening is evident primarily in sagging skin.
Sebum is an oily substance produced by the body. It lubricates skin and hair, keeping them soft and pliable. Although to some degree sebum production is determined by genetics and your stage of life, emotional stress and hormone imbalances can increase the flow of sebum.
Excessive sebum production results in greasy-looking skin, which gives the impression that your hygiene is lacking. It can also be downright annoying to have excess sebum on your forehead and hovering around your eyes. Furthermore, when sebum hardens and pore ducts become clogged, blackheads are formed, which can lead to acne. In order to help regulate sebum production, a skin care routine incorporating regular cleansing of the skin is an important aspect of maintaining natural beauty.
There are six skin types: oily, dry, normal, combination, acne, and mature.
Oily skin has obvious, large pores, which can create a texture much like an orange peel. The results of excess oil on the skin include open and closed comedones, or bumps on the skin, clogged pores, and a shiny, thick appearance.
Dry skin has very small or invisible pores and is often rough to the touch. It is likely to have an excess of fine lines and wrinkles.
Normal skin has even pore distribution throughout the skin, a very soft, smooth surface, and a lack of wrinkles. Despite its name, normal skin is actually quite uncommon: most people have combination skin.
Combination skin displays areas of dryness and oiliness. Combination dry skin has obvious pores down the center of the face, with pores becoming invisible or smaller toward the outer edges of the face.
Combination oily skin, on the other hand, has a wider distribution of obvious or large pores down the center of the face and extending to the outer cheeks, although pores become smaller toward the edges of the face.
Acne can be considered as a skin type but does not necessarily accompany oily skin. Acne skin is characterized by the presence of numerous open and closed comedones, clogged pores, and red papules and pimples.
Mature skin often has fine pores, visible wrinkles, and broken capillaries. It often feels dry and tight, while the skin around cheeks and jawline tends to hang more loosely.
Whatever your skin type, you can learn what foods will help to combat the skin issues associated with it—and what foods to avoid.