Daily Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type
Discovering what type of skin you have can help you choose products that help it look and feel healthy. Maybe you’ve seen a range of L’Occitane en Provence products that look nice and you’re wondering if they are right for your skin. Thankfully, there’s a simple test to help you out and different approaches to skincare you’ll want to follow once you find your match.
There are five basic skin care types: oily, combination (normal), sensitive, dry, and sun-damaged. Which one are you?
What Determines Skin Type?
Your skin type is determined by how much-or how little-oil your skin produces.
Genes, diet, stress level, hormonal fluctuations, medications, and your skincare regimen all determine how much oil your skin produces.
You may find that your skin type changes frequently-from dry to oily to normal-all in the course of months. This is normal. Women are especially prone to changes throughout life because our hormones are continually shifting.
A Test for Your Skin Type
In her book, “Beauty: The New Basics,” Rona Berg suggests you take the “skin test” to tell what skin type you have. To do this, wash your face, pat it dry, then take a few pieces of rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper and press it on different spots on your face.
If your skin is oily, the paper will stick, pick up oily spots, and become translucent. The paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oils, your skin is dry. If it sticks only in your T-zone (forehead and down your nose to your chin), then you have combination (or normal) skin.
Most women actually have combination skin.
Daily Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type
Those of us with oily skin don’t appreciate the fact that; oil production helps maintain a youthful look and keeps us wrinkle-free longer than most. All we see is that shiny nose, the glowing forehead, and the shadow of another zit ready to surface. As we try to dry out the oils by using harsh drying cleansers and applying products with alcohol to strip away the shine; we achieve a temporary effect of an oil-free, matte finish. In the long run, however, this actually exacerbates the situation; by causing the sebaceous glands of the skin to produce even more oil. We are now learning the importance of incorporating “good oils” into our routines.
Those of us with oily skin should consider these products and follow this advice:
1.) Use a regular cleanser without harsh chemicals to dry out the skin.
2.) If you like the feel of toner use a PH balanced one.
Use a moisturizer with a combination of well-balanced ingredients and good oils. Even oily skin needs to be properly hydrated. Avoid thick creams with petrolatum. Try ones that when penetrated and dry leave your skin with a matte finish.
3.) Use a non-greasy foundation that will also help balance out your skin with hydration. Dewy is good…looking greasy, not so much. Opt for a foundation that dries to a matte finish.
4.) Avoid eye shadows that feel greasy or contain glitter; they can cause you to look a bit shiny instead of the desired “dewy” effect.
5.) When needed, apply a matte finish powder to set your foundation and keep it in place.
6.) When your face is shiny, use oil-absorbing products instead of layers of powder, which can look cakey with buildup.
7.) Try using an anti-shine under your makeup. Invisible Finish Powderless Powder, which can be applied before or after foundation, with a makeup brush, a sponge, or my favorite way, a large professional Puff.
An anti-shine or Invisible Finish can also be applied along your hairline and on your scalp to absorb excess oil or shine. It is used often on bald men; especially under hot lights and weddings.
Extra Skincare Tips To take care of your skin:
- Wash with a cleanser formulated for oily skin before you go to bed.
- Exfoliate twice weekly with a gentle scrub.
- Only use light-rather than heavy-moisturizers.
- If you suffer from breakouts, an astringent such as Biore Blemish Treating Astringent may help.
- For blush and bronzers, powdered blends work better than liquid ones.
- Look for oil-free options when shopping for tinted moisturizers or foundations.
If you’re at an event and you feel your face getting oily, instead of using a traditional powder and powdering over the oil; try to first use your napkin (hopefully it’s clean) to dab off excess oil. You can also use a tissue, toilet paper, or cloth. Then use your Invisible Finish Powderless Powder with a sponge (in the large compact) or when using the Travel size…use your fingers. This will prevent the layering of oil and powder on your face and keep your skin from appearing shiny.
I believe most of us are in this category. Our skin tends to be oilier in the T-zone (the area across our forehead and down the nose to your chin) and dry around the edges. Combination skin creates confusion among women and men since we are not sure if we should continue to moisturize or not – especially where our skin is oily. Remember, whether you have dry or oily skin most of the time, we all need to hydrate and moisturize around our eyes and lips to prevent those crow’s feet (wrinkles) from developing. The other places in need of attention are our neck and décolletage area. And don’t forget your hands.
Here is some advice for combination skin:
1.) Use a gentle cleanser.
2.) Also, use a liquid or cream foundation.
3.) Use a powder or cream blush and eye shadow.
4.) Blotting papers or Invisible Finish are great for absorbing oil and mattifying excess shine for touch-ups.
5.) Continue to moisturize all over your face. Apply a thinner coat in oilier areas. There are moisturizers available with ingredients that will help balance your skin, leaving it smooth for makeup application.
6.) Change moisturizers every now and then; Use a thicker cream around the eyes at night and thinner during the day. Check the ingredients and look for a good combination of antioxidants, oils, and actives.
Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You may notice that your skin becomes drier the older you get. This skin fluctuation can be attributed to hormones.
With dry skin, you will have a tendency toward fine wrinkles, flaking, and red patches. In women of color, the skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.
Dry skin requires special care:
- Try creamy cleansers and moisturizers formulated for dry skin.
- Exfoliate weekly to remove dead skin cells.
- Slather on primer under your foundation to plump up the skin as much as possible.
- A mineral water spray such as Evian will help moisturize your skin as the day wears on (keep one in your purse).
- If you live in a dry environment, use a humidifier in your office and bedroom to keep the skin from drying out.
Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate, with fine pores. If you are easily irritated by the sun or certain cosmetic products and are prone to redness, itchy patches, or blotchy skin, you likely have sensitive skin. Conditions such as keratosis pilaris (KP) fall under the realm of sensitive skin and require special attention. Resources such as Renee Rouleau Blog has advice on how to tackle this problem correctly to leave you with smooth, comfortable skin.
Finding the right cleansers and moisturizers for your skin type can be tricky. The good news is that many companies have developed products specifically for sensitive skin. You may just have to try a few before finding the right one.
Look for mild products that contain no scents. Many drugstores and department stores allow you to return products, so check out the return policy before you buy. You can also ask if the store carries freebies so you can try before you buy.
Here is some general advice for those with sensitive skin:
1.) Avoid products containing fragrance, live plant extract, lanolin, or alcohol.
2.) “Fragrance-Free” does not mean allergen or chemical-free. Check the label.
3.) Avoid harsh cleansers and exfoliants.
4.) Use mild or PH balanced skin cleansers. Try ones that say “soothing” or “calming”. They should do just that.
5.) avoid setting sprays on your skin and be aware of the hair products you use; especially if you have long hair and it touches your face.
6.) Look for products that are made for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
Aging or Sun-Damaged Skin
This type of skin also feels tight and it’s a natural experience as we age or enjoy spending a lot of time in the sun. You may notice visible wrinkles, slack skin tone-especially around the cheeks and jawline-with a leathery texture and broken capillaries.
To care for aging skin:
- Though everyone should apply sunscreen daily, it’s vital to protect this type of skin and prevents further damage. Reapply it as needed for even more protection and look for beauty products with SPF.
- Consider using moisturizers and heavy creams to plump up your fine wrinkles.
- Retin-A can do wonders for your skin tone and can smooth some fine wrinkles.
- If you are really upset about your deeper lines, they can be fixed with Botox or other injectables.
- Possibly try supplements to boost and brighten skin. E.g GenF20 Plus HGH Releaser
5 Tips For Healthy Skin
Good skincare and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.
1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems – as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
- Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours – or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
- Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing – which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking – such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke – can contribute to wrinkles. Some people also find that taking a supplement like Energy Renew can help with preventing wrinkles to develop by giving the body extra benefits when this occurs, but choosing to stop smoking will be extra beneficial for this process.
In addition to all the other negatives, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
- Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm – rather than hot – water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
- Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion, or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
- Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear – but some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger-looking skin. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.
5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list, and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Tips for healthy skin
Good skincare – including sun protection and gentle cleansing – can keep your skin healthy and glowing.
The Importance of Understanding Your Skin Type
It is important to consider your skin type. If you have dry skin you should avoid oil-free and oil-absorbing makeup; which will give your skin a parched, flakey finish. For those with oily skin, avoid moisturizers and makeup that look and feel greasy or do not allow your skin to breathe. Normal and combination skin types should stick with well-balanced skincare and makeup formulations. No matter your skin type, use well-balanced, multifunctional products. Look for skincare with color and makeup with skincare. Having said all that…the one thing we all have to remember while hydrating, treating, and moisturizing our skin… DRINK lots of WATER!!