Looking after your skin is important. This is the part of your body that every see, especially the skin on your face and arms. You want to give off the best impression without the need for all the makeup and concealers.
The problem right now is your skin is covered in oils. You’re suffering from acne or some skin condition. You want to know how to get the luxurious skin that you see everyone have on TV or in magazines.
Well, you won’t quite get the same skin as them. Celebrities have professionals to use the right type of makeup for their skin tone. Magazine editors will hire Photoshoppers to touch up the photos before they go live. There is this need for flawless skin.
There also isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to skin. Each celebrity will have adifferent type of skin, certainly compared to you. So, you need to find a skin care routine that works specifically for your skin type. Whether you have oily, dry, combination or even aging skin, there is a skin care routine that will work. There is a way to help avoid the acne, the irritation, the dryness, and the dark spots.
Here’s a look at your options based on your type of skin.
For Those with Normal Skin Type
Let’s start with a normal skin type. If you don’t have this, you’re not alone, but there are a few lucky people out there. Normal skin seems to have the perfect moisture level naturally. There are very few imperfections or visible pores. The skin consistently looks radiant, and sensitivity is just a word sometimes uttered when suffering from a minor irritation due to lack of care.
Those with normal skin will need to look for products that are designed for your normal skin type. You don’t want to add a lot of oils into your skin, but at the same time, you need to keep that balance.
Do watch out as it is possible to change the type of skin you have. The toxic chemicals in some products will be damaging to your pH levels.
The Combination Skin Type
Those with combination skin will have areas that are extremely dry and other areas that are oily all the time. There may even be some parts of the skin that are normal and balanced! This can be one of the hardest types of skin to get products for. You need to find a way to balance both types of skin from one product, right?
Well, the truth is that multiple products may be better. For the T-zone, you need to find a product that helps cut back on the oil production. Around the chin, you’ll need extra moisturizing cream to add hydration back in.
But it’s not just about that. Combination skin also usually has the problem of large pores and lots of blackheads. You’ll need to use cleansing strips to help exfoliate the pores regularly and get out all the grime and bacteria that cause acne.
Don’t forget about how the weather can affect your skin! The winter weather is more damaging, as it will dry out the drier sections more. You’ll suffer more of imbalance, as your body tries to rectify the problem. Meanwhile, you need to use sunscreen and moisturizers that aren’t too oily and heavy for the oilier parts of your skin.
It’s important to use a mixture of both dry and oily skin care tips. You’ll need to cleanse with gentle products twice a day. Avoid the medicated options and keep away from hard soaps. The soaps are drying, even to oily skin. If you wear makeup, use a makeup wipe to get rid of it and then wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
Use an exfoliant once a week to get into the pores. If you suffer from bad acne, look out for salicylic acid. This can be applied topically, so you only put it on the oily parts of the skin.
Once you’ve finished, get an oil-free moisturizing cream to put on the drier parts of your skin. You can put some on the oily parts, but you want to keep this minimal. You want the moisturizing cream to soak into the skin and not leave a shiny layer. The drier parts will need more, as the skin will seep in as much moisture as it can.
Your hormones will affect combination skin, and it can turn greasier. This is due to the way stress hormones get your body to fire off more oils into your skin. If you find that stress sets you off, you’ll want to look for more ways to calm your stress levels to help your skin care routine work.
Treating Dry Skin
Dry skin is rough and irritating. You will likely have some red patches, but you’ll barely see your pores. The complexion is often dull, and you’ll likely see more stretch marks or fine lines because of the lack of moisture and elasticity within the skin.
In some cases, oily skin is itchy and irritating. It easily becomes inflamed, and just the slightest wrong product will kick start another round of irritation and itchiness.
The weather and sun beds can make your dry skin worse. Likewise, indoor heating or hot showers and baths can cause problems. One of the best things you can do is avoid the heat where possible. Keep your time on sun beds to a minimum and lower the heat in your shower. There’s no need to watch more than once a day unless you sweat a lot.
When you are in the shower or bath, cut the time in the water down. The heat is causing your skin to lose moisture, even though you’re in water! You break down the lipids within your skin, making it harder for the body to maintain any moisture that you do give it.
The cleansers you use will need to be soft and mild. Look out for those that don’t contain medicinal or alcohol products. Avoid harsh and hard soaps, as they will just dry out your skin further. You don’t need to scrub your skin. This isn’t going to make the flakiness any better but will irritate it more. A gentle, conditioning towel will help.
Moisturizing creams are your best friend. Apply them as soon as you get out of the bath, swimming pool, or shower. If you are going to use a sauna or sun bed, apply a moisturizing cream (one with a sunscreen for the sun beds) and help your body seep in the moisture while your pores do open.
Apply the moisturizing creams throughout the day and consider investing in a humidifier. This is especially beneficial during the winter when your home will have a dry heat. Humidifiers add a little more moisture back into the room to help your skin and help you sleep more comfortably.
Look for products that contain retinol or hyaluronic acid. Both sound like nasty chemicals but they are extremely good for your skin’s health. Retinol is used in most of anti-aging products. It helps to get deep into the layers, and it doesn’t cause reactions on sensitive skin. If you do find the type you’re using is too much, there are lower concentrations in other products that will help.
As for the hyaluronic acid, this works on a molecular level. It will get right into the skin and draw moisture to it. That means it brings the moisture to your dry patches.
Give your skin time to get used to any new product that you do try. Dry skin is sensitive, and it will likely react at first, even to something good and natural. Try one new product at a time to get the best results.
Prevent More Pimples in Oily Skin
Oily skin is one of the most common types of skin, especially for young adults and teenagers. It doesn’t mean you’re dirty. The oily skin comes from having too much natural oil production occurring. The oil must go somewhere, and it will spread around your skin, making it look greasy and dirty.
You’ll likely have enlarged pores and lots of pimples or blackheads. Cystic acne is also common in those with oily skin, especially in later life.
Stress and hormonal imbalances are a common reason for oily skin. When your hormones are out of sync, your body produces more oils. You can also find that high levels of heat or humidity cause a problem. You sweat more, which spreads more oils around your body.
It is common to get some oil on your face through the day. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have oily skin. If you feel oil on your face just a few hours after washing, you will have oily skin. There are some good sides to having oily skin. It will be less sensitive to products, especially compared to dry skin. You will also have a slightly better natural skin protection compared to other types of skin because of the oily barrier.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t want to wash your skin or face more than twice a day. Try to limit your washing to after excess sweating, so after exercise or a trip out in the heat is a good time.
It’s tempting to scrub away the oils, but your body doesn’t need that. You run the risk of ripping and damaging the skin, making the oil production worse. A gentle cleanser will do wonders on your enlarged pores. Exfoliating is only necessary once a week or once every two weeks.
You will likely have a lot of pimples, blackheads, and acne. Don’t pop them. Sure, it’s tempting, especially those that grow in lower layers and are painful, but you will just make the acne worse. The bacteria spread to other pores, and you rip the skin. The acne that you currently have taken longer to heal, and you will get more acne elsewhere! As difficult as it is, you want to leave the pimples as they are and let your body get rid of them in its own time.
When buying any cosmetic or skin care product, look for anything that states “noncomedogenic.” This means the product won’t clog the pores. Because your pores are enlarged, pore clogging is common. This just leads to grime, dirt, and bacteria getting trapped, causing far more acne than you need.
Salicylic acid is good for oily skin that has a lot of acne. It will get deep into the layers to kill off the bacteria. Watch out for alcohol based salicylic acid. This will dry out the skin, but not in the way that you want!
Retinol is another product to look out for. It will help to reduce the amount of oil naturally produced and can minimize the size of your pores.
You will still need to moisturize. You want one that has some sunscreen to protect from sun damage, and something that is oil-free to avoid pore-clogging and extra greasiness being applied.
Protecting Sensitive Skin
If your skin is commonly red, itchy, and burning, your skin may be the sensitive type. There are various reasons for this, and it can often be misidentified as dry skin. You may have a sensitivity response to a product, whether it’s skin care or laundry care. Some people have an allergy to a certain chemical, while others will have a problem with food or with a material.
Did you know that pimples and acne can cause sensitive skin? The oil that comes from them will blog the pores. There’s more bacteria growth within the pores, and that means inflammation and irritation.
As well as a skin care routine like that for dry skin, you’ll want to look for treatmentfor the acne. Consider tea tree oil, salicylic acid, and antibiotic creams to help manage it.
Other common reasons are medical problems. You’ll want to get in touch with your doctor and a dermatologist to discuss your options for getting rid of the condition. A dermatologist will be able to do a patch test on your skin to see if you have an allergy or if your skin is sensitive to something in particular—yes, even natural ingredients can be an issue.
Looking After Aging Skin
We all get older, and our skin will start to show signs. You can’t prevent the aging process, but you can slow it down. You can also make it less visible on your skin.
One of the most problematic things for aging skin is sun exposure. The sun will damage the cells and cause dark patches to appear. You will need to wear sunscreen daily to protect against this. Yes, you need sunscreen in the winter too. While the UV rays are weaker, they are still damaging and can penetrate the skin, especially with snow glare.
Keeping your skin soft and hydrated is important. Wrinkles and fine lines appear due to the skin losing its elasticity, which means it loses its collagen. Getting plenty of moisture into the skin will help, but you will also need proteins and vitamin A. Everything works together to boost the collagen production and improve natural flexibility.
It’s Time to Look After Your Skin
It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have; you can look after it. Take the time to consider the type of skin you have. You may have a combination, which is highly popular. Whatever type you have, make sure you follow a skin care routine that helps to balance the oils, keep moisture within the layers, and make your skin look radiant and well-nourished.
You don’t need to cover the blemishes up with makeup for the rest of your life. You can get rid of them!