Surprisingly, most people think that everyone should have the same skincare routine. However, this is incorrect. What works for one person may not work for the next. And, that’s because there are a number of different skin types. Determining your own skin type can help you best determine and choose the best products for your skin. And, choosing the products which work best for your skin care can help to maintain healthy, glowing skin.
What is Your Skin Type?
Before you can go about determining and choosing the skin care products best for you, you must determine which type of skin you have. The types of skin include:
- Dry: Those with dry skin may experience peeling, uncomfortableness, and itchiness.
- Oily: The effects of oily skin may include feeling greasy or portraying a shiny glare.
- Normal: Neither uncomfortable nor oily, those with normal skin need skin care too.
- Acne-Prone: This can include any type of skin but with an addition of acne pimples and scarring.
Care for Dry Skin Types
This type of skin doesn’t produce the amount of oil needed to remain moisturized on its own. This results in the commonly experienced tightness and flakiness of this skin type. Unfortunately, doing nothing about dry skin can increase the rate of which age is shown on the skin. Eventually, it can lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. To combat dry skin, always utilize a daily moisturizer. And, don’t use products which can dry the skin like foaming cleansers, charcoal masks, or anything containing alcohol.
Care for Oily Skin Types
Oily skin can show up in photos and make applying cosmetics a nightmare. Plus, the overproduction of oil can place the skin at risk for acne. However, there are a few things that those with this type of skin can do. First, skip skin oils and products which contain oil (most moisturizers do). This will only add to the already overpopulated oil on the skin. Instead of a cream moisturizer, look to choose a lightweight gel. Also, make sure to utilize products which can reduce oil like mattifying powders and oil absorption sheets.
Care for Normal Skin Types
If you have normal skin, you don’t have to worry about your skin drying out or becoming too oily. So, you can tailor your skin care regimen to address other issues you may be experiencing. For example, if you find that you have uneven skin tone, you can use products which contain glycolic acid. This ingredient works to eliminate or reduce the appearance of dark areas and even dullness of the skin. Or, if you want to address issues which come of age like wrinkles, you can implement retinoids which are great for reducing the appearance of these problems.
Care for Acne-Prone Skin Types
Acne can be a seriously frustrating problem. But, if you have this type of skin type, you aren’t alone. However, it’s important to understand not to go overboard with your skin care routine by using too many acne medicated products. This can actually harm the skin. Additionally, it’s important NOT to pinch or squeeze any of the acne pimples. This can spread the bacteria and lead to the development of more acne pimples. Plus, it can put acne at risk for infection. Instead, focus on utilizing spot treatments and salicylic acid cleansers. Both can work to heal acne, maintain proper oil levels of the skin, and prevent acne from coming back.
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