A Personalized Skin-Care Routine for Every Skin Type
Cleanser. Toner. Serum. Moisturizer. Sunscreen. Repeat. Skin-care routines pretty much run the gamut, from the back-to-basics, minimalistic approach to the debatably absurd multi-serum take (guilty!), the ways we take care of our skin are not one-size-fits-all. Selecting products (and how many of them) is a wildly individual experience. What may hydrate one person could have an irritating effect on another. To help simplify things, we’ve created a personalized skin-care guides for your skin type. Read on for a glimpse into how you should design a step-by-step regimen for your skin.
If You Have Dry Skin...
If you’re a member of the dry skin tribe, finding hydrating products that work for sensitive skin is the way to go. Avoid drying alcohols, astringents and other ingredients that can be irritating like fragrance and silicone. Look for products that pack in peptides, hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
This ceramide-rich cleanser rids your skin of gunk and dirt accumulated throughout the day and leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. It’s non-comedogenic and approved by the National Eczema Society, making it a soothing and non-irritating choice.
Drying, astringent toners aren’t all that’s out there anymore, so don’t be intimidated by this step if you have dry skin. We recommend Mario Badesco Aloe Vera Toner to get you started. Aloe vera has both soothing and hydrating properties that will give you an extra burst of moisture after you cleanse. Pour some on a cotton round and swipe it circular motions on your face until it comes up clean.
It may have a hefty price tag, but this serum is worth every penny. The product targets radiance, tone, elasticity, smoothness and firmness while also making skin feel smoother, softer and brighter. The star ingredient in this formula is bifidus prebiotic, an anti-aging component.
With rose water and hyaluronic acid, Garnier’s SkinActive Water Rose Cream has long-term benefits that will have your skin feeling replenished and re-hydrated. The moisturizer’s rose smell is almost as delightful as its non-greasy texture. Plus, it’s great for morning and night application.
Oh, sunscreen — we can’t get enough of it. It’s extremely important to apply (and re-apply) sunscreen every day, no matter your skin type or the weather. We love this pick by La Roche-Posay. It’s lightweight and works flawlessly underneath makeup.
If You Have Oily Skin…
Oil-free products are non-negotiable if you have an oily complexion. You’ll want to opt for lightweight formulas like gel moisturizers rather than heavy creams that may just add to your oil production working in overdrive. Be conscious of how products interact with your oil build-up and clogged pores.
A gel-based cleanser, this face wash exfoliates, cleanses and soothes all at once. It wipes away grime — including long-wear and waterproof makeup — to get rid of dirt that can lead to clogged pores. This kind of gentle exfoliation is optimal for oily-skinned individuals.
With salicylic, glycolic acid and lactic acid, this toner helps to control oil production, clarify pores and leaves skin with a matte finish. That being said, the formula is gentle enough to not strip skin of nutrients. Rather it leaves skin feeling refreshed, firm and clean.
We love that this product is good for your skin and the planet. It’s packaged in completely recyclable materials is gluten- and cruelty-free, which is a win in our book. Aside from Josie Maran’s good-for-you approach, we love the products formulation, especially for those with oily skin. The argan oil base is hydrating (even though you may be producing plenty of oil, hydration is still important) and stimulates the production of lactic acid and cell turnover. It helps to refine skin texture, fine lines and moisture retention. If you ask us, this is a must-have, oily skin or otherwise.
This gel-based moisturizer is light and airy, so it won’t add fuel to your oil production. It’s infused with probiotics that help to balance your skin and strengthen its barrier. Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel also addresses pore size, which is a main concern for oily-prone skin types. It’s especially great if you suffer from rosacea or moderate redness. Soothing properties like squalane are great for calming irritation.
If You Have Combination Skin...
For those with combination skin, trying to put together an effective skin-care routine can start to resemble a puzzle. With dry and oily patches, finding products that aren’t too harsh or heavy but are still effective is no easy feat. And while everyone’s magic line-up will differ, we recommend looking for non-irritating and gentle formulas. Everything should be relatively lightweight and thin, yet have highly concentrated, potent ingredients. It’s also helpful to keep oil blotters on hand for when your T-zone starts to act up.
This cleanser is gentle, making it a great pick for combination skin. It washes away impurities without over-drying or irritating the skin. It’s important to pick a middle-ground cleanser if you have combination skin because a scrub or oil-control product may only further irritate your driest areas. You want to leave skin feeling clean and makeup free, but still soft.
A soon-to-be holy grail for those with an oily T-zone, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores toner is a mattifier that will help your skin look balanced throughout the day. Because it does have oil-controlling properties, we suggest concentrating the product on the areas where you’re the most prone to getting shiny. This will work to create a more even complexion, rather than textured splotches.
Personalized skin care is all the rage right now, and a new brand called Atolla has taken things to the next level. After you take a self-administered skin test, the company creates a serum that addresses your skin specifically. In a week’s time, a personalized serum is delivered to your door. The most interesting part? You take the skin-care test every month and the serum will change based on your concerns. Because combination skin can be so tricky, we love this option that tailors a serum to your skin’s needs.
Super lightweight and highly potency, this cream is recommended for combination skin. Manuka honey and red ginseng root work to strengthen the skin’s barrier and improve texture and radiance. Overall, the cream helps create a smoother complexion.