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The Right Skincare for your Skin Type

Whether the products you choose to care for your skin are effective or not depends on choosing what works best with your skin type. If you have oily skin and choose products designed for dry skin, then your regimen is probably not doing you any favors!

There are 5 basic categories for skin type.

  • Oily skin types have large pores that are visible throughout the face to the hairline. This thicker, more resilient skin typically develops an oily shine in the morning and/or shortly after cleansing.
  • Dry skin types have very fine, nearly invisible pores with no oily shine to the complexion. This thin, delicate skin is more prone to flaking, rough texture, and fine lines than others.
  • Combination skin types have either Oily/Normal or Normal/Dry characteristics. Their pore size may be visible through the T-zone and they may develop an oily shine through the center of the face.
  • Normal skin types have uniform small, yet visible pores throughout the face and may get an oily shine in the center of the face mid-day/end of the day.
  • Sensitive skin types have been diagnosed with rosacea or have had two or more of the following conditions since childhood: asthma, eczema, and hay fever (seasonal allergies).

Over time your skin type can change depending on a number of factors such as loss of elasticity of your skin, your natural oil production, genetics, and much more. Even a change of season, location, or habits can change your skin type.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you probably struggle with acne and high shine. Many who have oily skin tend to over-clean, which will actually speed up your skin's oil production. Choose a salicylic acid-based cleanser to use at night and a milder and more gentle cleanser in the mornings.

For moisturizers, stick to products that are non-comedogenic and lightweight so it doesn't clog pores. Even a serum would be a great option!

Dry Skin

Does your skin feel as dry as the Sahara Desert? Dry skin can be uncomfortable as well as flaky. Choosing products for dry skin is obviously all about hydration. A gentle cleanser will help to preserve the natural oils your skin produces for daily skin health.

Once your skin is cleansed, immediately apply your moisturizer! Look for creams that contain olive or jojoba oil, shea butter, lanolin, or glycerin.

Combination Skin

Combination skin can be a touch tricky. When choosing a cleanser for combo skin, you want a product that will help balance the pH of your skin. Look for mind and gentle cleansers that won't irritate the skin or cause it to dry out. Combination skin responds best to liquid and gel moisturizers because of how lightweight they are and how deeply hydrating they are.

Often those with combo skin breakout in their t-zone, across the forehead, and down the nose and chin. A toner will help balance and clean the t-zone and help to prevent skin irritation and blemishes.

Sensitive Skin

Caring for sensitive skin is especially critical. Choosing products that won't irritate, dry, or breakout your skin means the difference between feeling great that day or being extremely uncomfortable! Gentle and hydrating cleansers work well with sensitive skin. Look for cleansers that are either sulfate-free or contain low sulfates to help to not over-cleanse your skin. Always use moisturizers that are fragrance-free, soothing, and lightweight.

Normal Skin

The most important part of having normal skin is keeping it healthy! Keeping normal skin clean is vital, choose a cleanser that is gentle and non-stripping, and always use lukewarm water. Regularly exfoliate your skin at least once or twice a week to keep your cell turnover happy. As for a moisturizer, in the mornings we recommend using something that is lightweight, and in the evening use something that is richer and contains collagen, elastin, and lipids. All of these key ingredients help anti-age your skin!

Different types of skin require unique care. Even if a product is life-changing for someone, you might not see fantastic results if it isn't meant for your skin type. Take some time to develop a suitable skincare routine for your skin with Beauty Care Choices.

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