One of the difficulties we can face when trying if find the products or remedies that work for us is the differences in skin type. Once we start understanding how our skin reacts to our environment and therefore what products it needs to thrive and glow, the more we will notice a difference in our skin health. Whether it’s dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination of factors, it’s important to provide our skin with what it needs.
Dry skin, especially on our faces, can be a real difficulty to live with. It can feel itchy and tight and, if you wear make-up, can look flaky. First and foremost, and most obviously, the solution to this is moisturising. It is important to find a great day and night cream (look out for ones tailored to dry skin) and use them daily. For the day cream, try to ensure that it has built in SPF to protect your skin against the drying power of UV rays and sunlight. It can be tempting to exfoliate a lot when you have dry flaky skin but this can be highly damaging. Try to only exfoliate once or twice a week. It’s also important to use lukewarm water when washing your face as hot water can dry your skin.
For people with the opposite problem who produce too much oil for their skin, it’s equally important to find a good skincare routine rather than scrubbing to get rid of the oil, which can end up damaging skin. Cleanser is a great first step as the oil within can attract the oil on your face, making it easier to wash both away. As tempting a toner can be, it can lead to sensitive skin so try not to overuse it. It can also seem logical to not use moisturiser as you don’t want to add more moisture to already oily skin but this is false! Your skin needs the barrier that moisturiser creates against irritants like UV rays and bacteria. You do, however, need to be aware of which moisturiser you’re choosing. Don’t use heavy creams like coconut oil or shea butter as they can clog up your pores. Try to find a lighter cream that contains hyaluronic acid or glycerine as they act as a sponge to pull moisture out of the skin and hold it there. Even easier, a lot of creams in pharmacies put which skin type they are for right on the bottle!
Combination skin can seem like the most difficult to look after as parts of your face may be dry whilst others are greasy. Fortunately, combination skin is actually the one with the easier solution. It is necessary to have a skin routine and stick to it, eventually your skin will get used to it and you’ll be on your way to tackling the combination skin. As well as this, the earlier advice stands: moisturise, don’t over exfoliate, and use cleanser a few times a week. stick to it,