You may suspect you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin, but do you really know your skin type? Knowing your true skin type can help the next time you’re in the cosmetics aisle. In fact, using the wrong products — or even popularized Internet hacks — for your skin type could worsen acne, dryness, or other skin problems.
Read on to learn:
- how to build your own skin care routine
- how to treat specific skin concerns like acne or scars
- which DIY skin hacks aren’t healthy, even if they seem to work
Rosacea is a skin condition that affects millions of people, causing redness and bumpy patches. If you have Rosacea, the watchwords should be: First, do no harm! Rosacea leaves the skin extremely tender and susceptible to further redness. So, when washing, for example, use a non-soap cleanser and never scrub. Just wash with the fingertips in a lightly circular motion.
Try keeping your skin care regime simple. You can have a great complexion just by washing your face with warm water every day and applying face cream afterwards. Simplicity can be the key here, especially if you have very sensitive and fair skin. If you choose to use a face cream, make sure that it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.
If you can afford it, a monthly facial is a great way to take care of your skin. A facial will clear your skin of debris, meaning that you have to spend less time on a daily basis taking care of it. The facial will ensure your skin looks its best throughout the month.
Instead of using greasy lotions on your skin, try making your own floral water mist to spray on your skin to replenish moisture. This can be made simply by adding 3 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water. Put the water in an atomizer or spray bottle and mist your skin throughout the day.
For glowing and radient skin, make sure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet. Your skin needs plenty of moisture so work in a full 8 glasses of water every day, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and keep your fat intake to the recommended dietary guidelines.
Commit to a routine that you can perform every day, without fail. Your skincare routine may be complicated, making you more likely to make excuses at the end of the day. Make sure your routine is straightforward and suited to your skin type. This way, you’ll be more likely to fight the daily battle against excess oil.
1. Cleansing: Choose a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin tight after washing. Clean your face no more than twice a day, or just once, if you have dry skin and don’t wear makeup. Avoid washing for that squeaky-clean feeling because that means your skin’s natural oils are gone. Cleansers known to work well for all skin types include Cetaphil and Banila Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser.
2. Serums: A serum with vitamin C or growth factors or peptides would be better in the morning, under sunscreen. At night, retinol or prescription retinoids work best. Makeup Artist’s Choice has an effective vitamin C and E serum and retinol available.
3. Moisturizer: Even oily skin needs moisturizer, but use one that is lightweight, gel-based, and non-comedogenic, or doesn’t block your pores, like CeraVe’s facial lotion. Dry skin may benefit from more cream-based moisturizers like MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream. Most brands will label their products as gel or cream on their packaging.
4. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF 15 minutes before heading outdoors, as it takes a while for sunscreen to activate. Darker skin tones actually need more sun protection because hyperpigmentation is harder to correct. Try EltaMD’s sunscreen, which offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Choose products that fit your skin type and sensitivity, and remember to read the labels. Some products, such as retinol or prescription retinoids, should only be applied at night.
To keep your skin at its optimum, eat a healthy diet and consume at least 2.2 liters of water a day if you are a woman. Follow the food pyramid suggestions of fruit and vegetable servings per day and limit the heavy fat, high calorie foods for a treat instead of a daily occurrence. This will provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Ensure that your lips are well protected. To do this, use a UV-protected lip balm. The lips are extremely sensitive and therefore need to be protected from dangerous UV rays. Today a little less than half of the population is aware of the need to use a lip balm containing UV protection. Sadly, this leaves more than half of the populace without UV protection for their lips.
Everything you just read can help you restore and maintain healthier skin. Work on integrating the largest number of tips into your routine as possible so that your skin stands a great chance of looking great well into the future.