This post is basically a guide to the most basic of skin care.
Healthy, hydrated skin is essential for any gorgeous face–au naturale to ultra glam. It is not only important to know how to take care of your skin (even if it’s the simplest of routines), but you should also know your skin type since many products, and the application of, cater to specific skin types…you want to make sure you’re using the right stuff.
So, what’s your Skin Type?? (let’s review).
- Normal: Less oily than combination skin, little to no redness of complexion, medium-sized pores and a smooth, even texture.
- Combination: The forehead, nose and chin will typically be oily, while the cheeks tend to be more dry.
- Oily: Large pores, acne/breakout prone, shiny appearance (more “greasy” than “dewy”), prone to blackheads.
- Dry: Small pores, dullness to complexion, skin may feel tight after you cleanse.
- Sensitive: Prone to redness, may have reactions to certain products/product ingredients, may be prone to broken capillaries, fine pores.
There is a really simple 3-step process that can serve as a guideline to your skin care routine.
You want to cleanse your skin to remove any makeup or product buildup from your skin. It also cleanses out your pores and removes any dead skin cells on the surface. Using a toner restores pH balance to your skin and helps to achieve an even complexion. Moisturizing your skin keeps it nice and hydrated (which we all know is important) and helps skin to stay young and fresh.
My product recommendations:
Personally, I love anything from the Exuviance line…I can’t get enough of their stuff (I get mine at Ulta). But I am also a fan of the Olay brand moisturizers, cleansers, etc., which you can get at places like Walgreens and Target.
Use a face wash that is oil-free and noncomedogenic (which basically means that it won’t clog your pores).
Use an oil-free moisturizer that contains salicylic acis and/or retinol.
Use a spot treatment formula that contains salicylic acid (2% is the highest you can get your hands on without a prescription) and/or benzoyl peroxide (10% is highest on the shelves). Dab on your spot treatment with a Q-tip so you don’t spread any bacteria to other areas of your face.
Fact: Contrary to some belief, greasy foods, makeup, etc, are not the cause of acne–it’s all in your personal biology. But, as a good measure always make sure you are completely removing all of your makeup, and of course, follow your skin care routine.
Want to share some of your favorite products or basic skin care secrets?! Comment below!