Before you dive into skincare products, make sure you are acquainted with your skin type
Your face is like a painters canvas – you need it properly prepped in order to achieve the best look. Which is why you need to first know your skin type. Makeup works best on skin that’s smooth and well-moisturized, free of rough texture and flakes.
When you take care of your skin, you won’t have to lean as much on makeup to create a healthy effect. That said, there’s no singular prescribed skincare routine for everyone—it’s highly personalized and it responds to your diet, environment, and age. For your skin to look healthy & nourished – stay hydrated, try to get enough sleep and always wear sunscreen.
Knowing your skin type –
Before you dive into skincare products, make sure you are acquainted with your skin’s needs. The four most basic skin types are dry, normal, combination, and oily.
Dry: Dry skin looks and feels rough and dull, with a feeling of skin tightness, especially after bathing, visible fine lines or sometimes with redness or flakiness. Hydrating and protective skincare products are your friends, including gentle cleansers, hydrating serums, creamy rich moisturizers rather than a lotion, and face oils.
Normal: Normal skin displays an even texture, balanced t-zone and a clear surface with fine pores. There are no visible blemishes, oiliness or flakiness.
Balance is generally the goal for all skin types, but even balanced skin sometimes experiences breakouts or dullness. A proper cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing routine will usually keep things in check.
Combination: Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone which is the nose, forehead, and chin. Many people living in areas where the weather is humid, have this type of skin.
Combination skin is also prone to acne. Learning which regions of your face require what kind of care means that you can address your issues in the most optimal way. Cream cleansers, retinol serums, exfoliants and lightweight gel-cream moisturizers are all great options for combination skin.
Oily: If your skin produces excess sebum year-round, making it look greasy and shiny, with large, noticeable pores, your skin is likely oily.
On the one hand, this is great because the oils your skin produces help to keep it plump and hydrated, so you may not notice the early signs of aging that people with dry skin do.
On the downside, oily skin can easily lead to blackheads, pimples and other type of acne. Make sure you have a good gel or foam cleanser, toners with BHAs or AHAs to help penetrate deep into your pores, gel moisturizers and a lightweight sunscreen.
A note on sun protection –
The most evident benefits of sunscreen is that it protects your skin against the sun’s broad spectrum of harmful UV rays. Hence wearing sunscreen on a daily basis can clearly shield you from potentially hazardous UV rays, and can also keep your skin from untimely aging.
Now, there are tons of moisturizers in the market that come with SPF in them. But experts recommend using a moisturizer and a separate sunscreen, the reason comes from more than just the products’ capacity to enter your skin and the SPF quantity not being sufficient.
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