Skin Care Products and Your Skin Type

You must always remember that your skin care routine SHOULD BE TAILORED to your skin type. Here are the most common skin types: Sensitive, Dry, Oily, and Combination.

Sensitive – Your skin can easily have a reaction to certain environmental conditions or products. This means that you may get easily sunburned, or certain types of makeup can give you acne breakouts, or certain health conditions can also affect your skin.

Dry – If your pores are almost invisible, or if your skin looks less elastic and has more lines visible, then you may have dry skin.

Oily – Opposite to dry skin, your pores are actually enlarged and you may have a lot of blackheads, pimples or other skin blemishes, and you have a shiny complexion.

Combination – This is the most common skin type. Appearance-wise, combination skin type means that your T-zone – the area around your nose, chin and the middle of your forehead, looks oily but if your cheek and jaw area feel dry.

So what should you stick with, and what should you avoid?

Sensitive Skin

Choose – non-irritating and gentle products
Avoid – Heavy skincare products, however if you have sensitive skin then it is all about trial-and-error to see what works and what doesn’t work

Dry Skin

Choose – Rich, velvety textures for your serums, creams and lotions
Avoid – Do not cleanse with soap – this is a general skincare tip but the dehydration caused by using soap as a cleanser can be worse if you have dry skin

Oily Skin

Choose – Light, thin and fluid lotion or products with gel textures as you do not want to clog up your pores
Avoid – Heavy moisturizers, especially those with almond oil as an ingredient

Combination Skin

Choose – Mix-and-match products for your dry and oily areas, and don’t forget to layer your lightweight textures beneath certain products used for dry skin
Avoid – This can also be a trial-and-error scenario where you have to get a feel for how your skin reacts to certain substances

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