Friday, June 17, 2016

Picking a Skincare Routine for Your Skin Type

Determining your skin type can be tricky, especially where buying skincare products is concerned, Product labels may say oily, oily combo, dry, oily to dry, moderately dry, etc. There are so many options! Sometimes your skin might be oily, but if you’re experiencing a dry phase, what do you do then?

Three Main Types;

Oily: your skin is noticeably oily and you often have breakouts you can’t control.

Combination: you generally have oily skin but experience dry patches now and again.

Extremely dry: your skin is dry and flaky and you can’t get enough moisture.

How to determine which skincare is right:

Oily: For oily skin, it’s a good idea to use a cleanser with an astringent. This will clean out pores and dry out areas that contain excessive oil. After cleansing, it’s helpful to use a toner which will  help clear pores of bacteria and sebum. With oily skin, you might think that the last thing you want to do is moisturize, but trust us, it’s a step you shouldn’t skip!  Use a gel-based moisturizer, which is lighter and will treat  your skin without that greasy feeling and without clogging pores.

Combination: For combination skin, it can be difficult to find a skincare product to fit your needs. If your face is oily with dryer patches, try using a gel wash that will work on both areas. If using a toner, use  only on the oily parts of your face (often the t zone). When moisturizing, find a lightweight product for the day, and a heavier cream at night. This way, you’re staying moisturized and healing your skin at night while leaving a light moisture base during the day!

Extremely dry: Dry patches all over? . Try using a heavy cream facial cleanser as well as a heavier cream-based moisturizer. These will rid your skin of bacteria while locking in needed moisture. Avoid toners with added alcohol or astringents, as these will dry your skin out even more. When using a face wash, be sure to find one with added oils to replenish those stripped from your skin during cleansing. When picking a face wash,  avoid any salicylic acid-based cleansers. While these effectively combat acne, they also irritate and dry out your already dry skin.

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