The Best Skin Care Tips for Every Skin Type
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that skin care is definitely not one size fits all. Where one cleanser may work for your BFF, it could wreak total chaos on your skin. But why? It all comes down to your skin type. Where dry skin can benefit from moisturizer several times a day, the same process could leave oily skin looking even shinier. And that’s precisely why customization is key. To help you better understand your skin concerns, we’re providing you with the top tips to nurture your specific complexion.
Three Vital Steps Every Skin Care Routine Needs
Regardless of your unique skin type, there are three non-negotiable steps everyone should follow, or rather three products everyone needs in their routine: cleanser, moisturizer and Broad Spectrum sunscreen. And while the application steps are virtually the same, the specific products use should be tailored to your specific skin type. Okay, so now that you know the basics of any skin care regimen, let’s dive into the specifics.
Oily and Acne-Prone Skin Tips
While many people think that oily, acne-prone skin is reserved for puberty, the unfortunate fact is that it can make its way into any stage of life. In order to care for this uniquely shiny visage, it’s important to put extra care into your overall routine. Where a double-cleanse with a non-comedogenic foaming cleanser and micellar water can work wonders for your skin, washing your face more than twice a day can actually make matters even worse. And that’s precisely why balance is key.
After double-cleansing, make sure not to skip the moisturizer —yes, even if your skin is oily it still needs hydration. The trick to finding the right moisturizer is to look for one that’s lightweight, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and formulated with Broad Spectrum sunscreen. Beyond your daily cleanser, moisturizer and SPF, your skin can benefit highly from a face mask two to three times a week. As for the breakouts often associated with oily, acne-prone skin, reach for a spot treatment. We’re sharing a few of our favorite spot treatments, here!
Dry Skin Tips
Got dry skin? Reach for a gentle, creamy cleanser that offers hydration while cleansing, followed by an ultra-hydrating moisturizer formulated with SPF in the morning. By applying moisturizer while skin is still damp, you’ll be able to help seal in moisture for long-lasting comfort throughout the day. Since moisture can bottom out throughout the day, when you have dry skin, a facial spray can be especially beneficial for a mid-day boost; just be sure to find one formulated with nutrients so that you’re not just spraying plain ol’ water on your face. Last but not least, a great way to help care for your dry skin is to exfoliate once a week, or as tolerated.
Combination Skin Tips
Where many people live with oily or dry skin, there are also people who deal with both. Combination skin is typically characterized by an oily T-zone with areas outside of that zone edging on the drier side. So, what’s a girl to do? When it comes to cleansing your best bet is to use a mild cleanser that focuses on sebum removal to help neutralize the oilier areas, followed by medium-weight lotion formulated with Broad Spectrum sunscreen. If fine lines and wrinkles are a concern, an OTC retinol cream can be beneficial for evening use. If you’re new to retinols, make sure to start with a lower concentration and slowly build up your tolerance due to its potential to irritate the skin. If any dryness occurs, reduce your frequency of use and amp up the hydration.
Sensitive Skin Tips
Easily-irritated skin can be quite the drag. Luckily, there are things you can do to help your skin overcome this burden. The answer lies within your skin care routine. When it comes to sensitive skin, gentle cleansers are of utmost importance, whereas, unlike other targeted skin care routines, exfoliation is not as necessary. Steer clear of products formulated with fragrances or alcohol, as they may trigger irritation. (As a general rule, the fewer ingredients in the product, the better.) As for your moisturizer, look for a nourishing cream-based product that will hydrate skin while helping to prevent or reduce irritation. Bonus points if it’s formulated with sunscreen!
Now that you better understand your skin’s unique needs, learn how to stock up on skin care products without breaking the bank!