Do you have oily, combination, dry, acneic, aging, or sensitive skin? Depending on your answer, your skincare regimen will need to be different. Clear skin is like a balancing act; if you don’t have the proper regimen in place, you can easily throw your skin out of whack. That’s why the first step in implementing a proper regimen is understanding your particular skin type.
However, there are a few tips that will work for every skin type. First, finding a mild, exfoliating face wash is essential. Steer clear of cleansers with artificial dyes, perfumes, and harsh chemicals; these can cause irritation, no matter your skin situation. Like we said before, healthy skin is a balancing act, so using harsh cleansers that cause skin to dry out can eventually lead them to breakout. Why you ask? Because this drying of skin can often cause sebum (a.k.a. oil) to overcompensate, which not only leads to oily skin, but may also lead to more blemishes. Furthermore, stripping skin of all its natural oils is not the route to clear, happy skin. Instead, look for an effective cleanser infused with gentle exfoliates and soothing essential oils. Basically, the point of a cleanser should be to break down dirt and oil and remove dead skin. The “treatment” aspect of skincare should come after.
Treating your particular skin type is not about slathering on tons of chemicals and products, all claiming different outcomes. First, much like cleansers, these harsh chemicals sometimes used to treat acne may strip skin, thus causing it to overcompensate in some other way. Moreover, using several different treatments and serums at once can weaken the efficacy of the products. That’s why it is important to stick to a simple regimen. If you are using several products, be sure they do not cancel each other out.
Finally, it is important to moisturize and protect. Look for a moisturizer with quality ingredients that won’t clog pores and won’t leave skin with a greasy feeling. Obviously, dry and aging skin will need a more intense moisturizer, while oily, acne-prone, and combination skin may need a lighter moisturizer.
The truth is, every person’s skin is different, so it may take time and testing to find the right regimen for you. Also, keep in mind that skin changes with age, weather patterns, and other internal and emotional factors, so you may need to switch up your skincare routine accordingly.
Clear, healthy, happy skin can seem like a lot of work, but once you find your balance, it’ll all be smooth sailing.