How to Look After Every Type of Skin
It seems that, because there are only four distinct types of skin, no woman will ever get confused about how to care for hers. But this is not the case. For example, many people mistake dehydrated skin for dry skin.
This is why Bright Side would like to share these beauticians' recommendations with you to help you to once and for all look after your skin properly.
- Use different products for different areas of the skin: greasy skin needs predrying products, and dry areas need nourishing and moisturizing.
- Avoid tonics containing alcohol spirit. It's better to use tonics with AHA acids or salicylic acid.
- Try using products that contain glycolic acid. They help to remove the skin's oiliness, help exfoliate, and also speed up cell generation.
- If the skin in greasy areas has a tendency to become inflamed, use products containing retinoids. They work well against acne and also have collagen-generating properties.
The foundation for looking after dry skin is moisturizing and nourishing.
- Don't use soap, scrubs, or exfoliating masks, especially those that are clay based.
- Use creams with a greasy base. Apply any such thick cream to your skin 1-2 hours before going to bed, and wipe away any excess before sleeping with a tissue.
- Don't take a shower more than once a day.
- Make use of a humidifier; your home should be kept relatively cool.
Greasy skin requires special attention and thorough care.
- Don't touch your face with your hands.
- Wash with cold water no more than twice a day or when you become very sweaty. Do not wash using hot water as this causes your oil glands to become even more active.
- Use a very mild cleansing product.
- Avoid using alcohol-based tonics as they dry your skin, and it responds by increasing the amount of oil it secretes. It's better to use tonics with AHA acids or salicylic acid.
- Don't get drawn into using toning creams and powders - they block up the pores, causing inflammation.
- Look for the word "non-medicated" on the packaging. This indicates that the product won't block up your pores.
- Use products with a light texture, such as lotions or gels. Those with thicker textures can make your skin more oily or block up your pores.
- If you suffer from acne, use a product containing retinoids and also ones with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. They should be applied to your whole face.
Some happy people with this kind of skin don't even use cosmetics, but they still need to take the time to care for their skin, especially in winter. As you get older, your skin might begin to dry out.
Cleansing products can contain chemicals that can destroy the skin's lipid barrier. The result is that it stops retaining moisture. Avoid buying any products that contain the following:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS);
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES);
- Sodium Myreth Sulfate (SMS);
- Mineral Oil.
Micellar water sometimes contains a small quantity of preserving agents and surface-active agents. Therefore, regardless of what is recommended on the packaging, micellar water should be washed off.
Toning neutralizes the activity of cleansing products, normalizes your pH after washing with harsh tap water, and gets your skin ready for the application of moisturizing products.
It's a good idea to use a tonic that can be applied as a spray so as not to stretch your skin.
You can also use bottled mineral water in place of a tonic, but avoid using it if the bottle's been open for longer than three days.
It's a good thing if a cream contains moisturizing agents like:
- Sodium Hyaluronate;
- Propylene Glycol.
In addition, the skin needs protection from the sun's rays and from free radicals. To protect it from the sun, use creams with SPF protection as well as ones that protect you from UVA and UVB rays. To protect yourself against free radicals, use creams with vitamins C and E, green tea extract, and other antioxidant plants.
Apply a day cream half an hour to an hour before going outside, and use a night cream 1-3 hours before going to bed. When you sleep, the microcirculation of your skin slows down, and face creams are absorbed poorly. This might be a cause of swelling appearing in the morning, especially around the eyes.
Apply the cream along massage lines. Be careful not to use too little or too much (in the latter case, your skin won't be able to breathe). If the cream hasn't been absorbed within half an hour, remove the excess with a tissue.
A day cream should be applied no later than half an hour before going outside and during winter no later than an hour before doing so to allow it to be absorbed.
Regardless of the type of skin you have, stick to the following rules:
- Avoid direct sunlight, and use sun protection cream.
- Don't smoke.
- Drink water.
- Don't go to bed still wearing makeup.
- Wash using cold water.
- Eat food products containing vitamin C - this helps in the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin elastic.
There are many reasons why blackheads appear on the skin. It can be due to the skin being greasy, because the ducts of the oil glands have been blocked, because of an accumulation of dust and dirt in the pores, and even because you're using the wrong cream for your skin. You can get rid of them using one of the following methods:
- Egg whites. Apply a thick layer of egg white to your face, and press a cotton pad or cosmetic tissue over the top. Wait for the white to completely dry, and remove it with the tissue, applying sharp movements. Then rinse with cold water.
- White clay. White clay can be bought in powder form at the drug store. Mix it together with water, and apply it to the problem areas of your skin, avoiding the eyes and lips. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes.
- Fermented milk. A mask made from fermented milk works for greasy and combination skin. Keeping the mask on for 20 minutes will be enough to significantly improve the condition of your skin.