Finding the right skin care routine for your skin type can seem like a daunting task, especially when you really can’t seem to figure out what your skin type is and what works best for it. Different skin have different needs, so it is important to understand this first.
OILY SKIN: People with oily skin may have enlarged pores with a dull or shiny appearance due to overproduction of oil and as a result are prone to more break outs and might have dark spots and blemishes. To maintain oily skin, it’s best to wash your face twice daily; once in the morning and once at night before bed using a suitable face wash for oily skin and rinse with warm water.
Look for skin care products labelled oil free or non-comedogenic this means it won’t clog your pores or products that contain hyaluronic acid to ensure that there’s hydration without greasiness. It is also important to moisturize and also try to maintain a healthy diet eating alot of vegetables and fruits.
DRY SKIN: People with dry skin produce low level of sebum. Whereas with oily skin there’s overproduction of oil, with dry skin it seems like there isn’t just enough. The key here is to always moisturize. With dry skin there are almost invisible pores and this might seem like a plus but the down side is it could come with itching, flaking and the appearance of very dehydrated skin.
Make sure to wash face with warm and not hot water, exfoliate once a week because too much exfoliation could lead to redness and inflammation. Avoid alcohol-based toners and harsh soaps as this will dry out the skin even more. Look for products with hyaluronic acid, plant oils, Aloe Vera, Shea butter, glycerin and B vitamins. Also use non greasy formulas like serum as this is more beneficial to your skin type.
COMBINATION SKIN: With combination skin your face is usually dry in some areas (cheek bones and jawline) and oily in some other areas (T-zone; nose, forehead and chin). Here, skincare may seem a little trickier. People with combination skin may have the appearance of larger pores, shiny skin, blackheads and whiteheads, dry patches and break outs. Avoid comedogenic products, try two different moisturizers; one for the oily areas and another for the dry areas. Ensure that these moisturizers are lightweight and focus typically on your dry areas.
NORMAL SKIN: With normal skin there is the right amount of moisture, appearance of very small pores and an even tone. Here,skincare is a lot easier. Follow the basics of every skin type’s needs, this means using gentle cleaners or toners, products that contain hyaluronic acid, antioxidant serums and also light weight moisturizers to avoid clogging of pores but if you have normal skin that’s occasionally dry then you can use slightly creamy or rich textured products on your skin.