Monday, November 7, 2011

The Perfect Skincare Routine

There are five skin categories normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

Normal: Skin tends to be even with a few blemishes here and there, not many problem areas.
Dry: Pores are small and tight. Is prone to blotches, dry patches and ashiness.
Oily: Pores are often large and skin is more prone to blemishes and excess shine.
Combination: The cheeks are dry, the T-Zone area is oily.
Sensitive: Skin is easily irritated therefore more prone to an uneven skin tone.

After you have figured out you skin type, it is time to choice products that work well with your skin.

For Normal Skin: People with normal skin can use any type of cleanser since your skin doesn't have much problem areas.
For Dry Skin: It's best to use creamy cleansers because it won't strip the face from essential oils.
You may also benefit from wiping off instead of rinsing off because water can dry the skin out even more.
For Oily & Combination Skin: It's best to stick with gel cleansers because it's lighter in consistency and removes excess oil/dirt best.
For Sensitive Skin: Try avoiding cleansers that contain alcohol and fragrance so it won't irritate your skin.

For Normal Skin: Use a non-alcoholic toner so it doesn't strip your face from oil.
For Dry Skin: Use a hydrating, non-alcoholic toner to moisten the skin. Milk toners are great for dry skin.
For Oily & Combination Skin: I recommend astringents because they help remove dirt, excess oil and impurities.
For Sensitive Skin: Use a non-alcoholic, soothing toner.

For Normal Skin: Any type of moisturizer will work best.
For Dry Skin: Creamy moisturizers work best because they help the skin to lock in moisturize better.
For Oily & Combination Skin: Gel moisturizers work best because they won't make the skin feel greasy.
For Sensitive Skin: You could use fragrance-free cream based moisturizers or lotions.


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