With multitude of options comes a never-ending doubt – luckily for all, the market is now flooded with beauty products of all kinds, but finding the best solution for your specific skin type and lifestyle is therefore close to impossible. Experts may flaunt their science-based skincare philosophies, but what it all comes down to is a simple 3-step program that needs to be followed with utmost consistency.
As for yourself, try not be as skeptical about the wash, rinse and repeat regime, since it is truly the only certain way of staying make-up free for the rest of your life. Here’s how.
Determine & Choose
Though we have no guarantee that all of those fountain-of-youth formulas offered to us actually work, your chances of discovering the one that does are about 80%. That, however, still doesn’t mean that the high-quality product will assure high-quality results in every case.
Every man is an island, as they say, and every skin type is different as well. In order to get what you’ve paid for, you need to know exactly what to look for, which is why determining your complexion type is step number one in your quest for eternal beauty.
Only once you know what category you fall under – normal or combination, oily, dry or mature or sensitive – can you start exploring your options.
However pedantic you are, your skin will always be prone to collecting oil and dirt, which is why cleansing your face both in the morning and before going to bed is paramount. Here’s what to opt for according to your specific complexion type.
Normal or Combination: Even if you’re not affected by apparent skin problems, your face is still vulnerable to oil and dryness, usually along the T-zone. If so, search for mild cleansers with dual functionality that keep your skin’s pH levels balanced.
Oily: Oily skin might be the most problematic of them all – not only does it tend to grease up even when least expected, but it results in blemishes as well, particularly in cases of extreme dryness caused by unsuitable products. Your cleansing goal is, therefore, keeping the pores as clean as possible, which is why power brushes are your go-to solution.
Dry or Mature: Unlike other types of skin, which all need an additional care when it comes to repelling unwanted greasiness, dry or mature skin demands constant hydration. In terms of cleansers, this means choosing a creamy solution with rich texture and oily base.
Sensitive: Sensitive skin requires extra care and it may be the hardest type to choose an effective product for. The secret, however, is in using both cleansers and creams with as little ingredients as you can find. Beware of irritants – the most common of those being glycolic acids – and opt for organic-based cleaners instead.
Moisturizing goes way beyond hydration – it’s what forms a protective layer that keeps your skin free of pollutants and sun radiation, thus making it smooth, healthy and luminous the whole day long.
Normal or Combination: Apart from the usual healthy skin tips, the only thing you need for keeping your normal or combined skin type properly moisturized is a cream with a sun protection of at least 15 SPF and without even a trace of oil.
Oily: Overly greasy skin is not a reason for staying away from moisturizers altogether. When oil-free, lightweight and empowered with sun protection – which is, in your case, incredibly important – a daily moisturizing treatment is set to make your skin perfectly balanced.
Dry or Mature: If your main problem is inadequate oil production, there’s one word you have to remember: humectant. In addition to powerful anti-aging solutions like Gold Coast dermal fillers, creamy textures and SPF, opt for a moisturizing solution with ceramides that eliminate wrinkles.
Sensitive: Artificial fragrances are the best indicator that your skin will not react well to a certain type of moisturizer, even if the product is marked as suitable for sensitive complexions. You’ll need as much sun protection as you can get, so don’t limit yourself to creams only, but experiment with sticks as well.
3. Treat Overnight
Though a majority of people understand that skincare requires more than a regular wash with some soap, and most of them moisturize on a daily basis, there are still those who keep forgetting to treat their skin while sleeping. Sebum is one of the biggest and most covert culprits of skin problems, which is why night treatments are just as important as daily ones.
Normal or Combination: Even the most protected and perfect of skins have a nasty habit of succumbing to blemishes if not treated overnight. For your type, use retinol and apply it only to problematic zones or spots – by unclogging pores, retinol-based night creams will help you eliminate even the slightest of imperfections.
Oily: In case your skin requires an extra anti-grease solution during the night, you’re not entirely helpless. Retinol is unparalleled when it comes to sebum-free pores, and is your number one ingredient when choosing a night treatment.
Dry or Mature: What humectants are for daily treatment, topical retinoids are for night moisturizers – just be sure that your solution doesn’t dry up your skin, since that’s how most of them work. If still unable to find the right kind, remember to modify the way you apply a regular night crème. In your case, twice a week will do just fine.
Sensitive: Night is a pampering time for your sensitive skin, which is why you should do everything in your power to find the most soothing solution there is. Search for antioxidants! Apart from being gentle on your skin, green tea heals irritation as well, thus making your skin much less susceptible to everyday irritants.
Even though somewhat controversial, toners are still important additions to the cleansing regime. Both toning and exfoliating solutions are available for each skin type, and with those, every “cleanse, moisturize and repeat” routine is certain to work.