Purchasing the right skin care products for your skin is challenging, bearing in mind that different skin types require different product formulations. Problems arise when you don’t know what your actual skin type is.
Determining Your Skin Type
Forget the entire hullabaloo that you have heard from different people on what your skin type is. Chances are whatever they told you had been driven by some interest. It’s important to note that you can have more than one skin type e.g. Oily and blemish prone, sensitive and dry etc. Skin types are not restricted to only dry, normal, oily, sensitive and combination. They are many skin types, and your skin type can be affected by factors such as weather, medication, stress, hormones; to mention but a few. Also, if you have a skin issue, you may make it worse by using the wrong products. It is thus essential that you learn your actual skin type to determine which skin care products you will be using.
To determine your skin type, first wash your face clean with some lukewarm water and a cleanser. Then apply the best toner you have and give the skin around two hours to absorb it. Toners come loaded with antioxidants and other ingredients that repair the skin from any damage. Afterwards, you can identify your skin type from the appearance of the face i.e.:
1. Oily – the skin will have excess oil a few hours after cleansing
2. Combination – you will notice that some areas are dry while other areas are oily
3. Sensitive – redness that may be accompanied by bumps
4. Dry – a large percentage of the skin will appear dry, flaky and you will experience a feeling of tightness
5. Sun damaged – lines around the eye, cheeks or mouth area
6. Acne or Blemish Prone – persistent breakouts
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Armed with this information, you will be able to choose the best products to incorporate into your skin care regime. Below is a guide:
Work closely with a dermatologist who will help you identify the right products for your skin. He/ she will also help you treat any underlying skin condition such as acne.
2. Check the Ingredients
Some of the ingredients found in most beauty products may be harmful not only to your skin but also to your overall health. Before you make any purchase, ensure that you are familiar with the ingredients it contains. This way you will be able to keep at bay irritants that may harm your skin. For example, looking at how to choose the eye cream, you have to keep in mind that the area around eyes is sensitive, and thus the ingredients used should be gentle.
3. Be cautious
Stay clear of skin care products that promise instant results. Most times you will find they are scams. Reputable product lines will mainly offer high quality and safe products.
4. Opt for products that contain sunscreen
Sunscreen will help protect the skin from the harmful sun’s UV rays. It also gives you a youthful glow. As you shop for moisturizers and creams, go for those that have the correct SPF (30).
5. Stick to your routine
Once you have identified you skin care routine, stick to it. Although some of the products may take a long time to deliver what you were hoping for, be patient and don’t rush to change them. They will deliver eventually.
Before you purchase over-the-counter skin care products, ensure that you already know your skin type. This way, you will stay clear of products that don’t work for your skin type.
Margaux Diaz is a Health and Beauty Expert. She has an interest in building the knowledge and self – confidence of people who really want to improve their lives by following proper health guides and staying fit for life. She is an inspirational writer and has written numerous articles related to Health and Beauty. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter
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