Skin Care 101; Revitalize Your Daily Routine
It is absolutely, positively, 100% crucial to take care of your skin. Any skin problem can be tackled, whether you have oily skin, dry skin, large pores, acne, blackheads, or some combination of each. Since everyone’s skin is different, everyone’s skin care routine should cater to their specific issues and needs. The amount of dirt and impurities your skin is exposed to daily is astounding, so skipping out on your routine is really not a good idea. But what type of products should you be using? And in what order?
Recognizing your skin type
Knowing what type of skin you have is imperative, because it will determine the types of products you should use.
Never any major problems to report. Normal skin is never too dry or too oily, pores appear small and closed, and blemishes are rare. People with normal skin can use most types of skincare products.
If you notice your skin feeling flakey and tight, you have dry skin. It’s very important for people with dry skin to moisturize diligently, and pay attention to your skincare products packing a little extra punch of moisture.
People with oily skin notice shine and can often feel the oil on their skin. Those with oily skin are also more prone to acne breakouts, since pores are typically larger. Exfoliants, astringents, and light moisturizers are key if your skin is on the oilier side.
The most common skin type, people with combination skin notice oily areas (typically forehead, nose and chin), as well as dry or normal areas (typically cheeks). Using products that absorb excess oil, as well as moisturize drier areas is beneficial.
People with sensitive skin must be very careful when choosing skincare products, since they are at risk of irritating their skin from harsh or abrasive ingredients. Products that are suitable for those with sensitive skin make this very clear on their packaging, so it is important to pay close attention to this.
Now that you know what type of skin you’re dealing with, you need to choose a basic cleanser. Something fragrance free is always a good start, since that can generally be an irritant. The first step in your skincare routine is always to remove dirt, oil and impurities from your skin, so finding an effective cleanser is crucial.
Toners are very beneficial, and come with varying levels of alcohol content, making toners helpful for all skin types. After ridding your face of dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities, soak a cotton ball or pad with toner and swipe across your skin to improve texture, pore size and moisture level. Astringent toners are most beneficial for oily skin, while freshening toners are ideal for drier skin.