The key to having
great skin is to know what is your skin-type. From this point, you
can now treat the skin you have with a range of modern products.
Dry Skin: Simply put, dry skin lacks moisture caused by the
skin producing too little sebum. Dry skin conditions can be aggravated
by the use of incorrect soaps and cleansers, by over exposure to sunlight
and lack of humidity such as in winter with the use of gas forced
air and in the summer with air conditioning.
Special care is
needed in locating the right cleanser. A milky cleanser or a cream
cleanser works the best. These types of cleansers usually don't foam
but still contain gentle oils that dissolve dirt and make-up and quickly
rinse away. Take extra care and use lukewarm or cold water for rinsing
since hot water will dry the skin. Apply a thick cream, not lotion,
to your face and give your skin a few moments to allow for absorption
and to seal in moisture before applying make-up. Look for products
that have ingredients that are suitable for dry skin such as avocado
oils, calendula oils, vitamin compounds and chamomile.
Normal Skin: Choose a cleanser or facial wash that is best
suited for removing the make-up you wear on a daily basis. Apply a
toner and a moisturizer that feels good to your skin. You won't need
too much moisturizer, just a few dots on your face that you can blend
in and then easily apply make-up.
Sensitive Skin: For sensitive skin you need to look for hypo-allergenic
products and products that say they are specially formulated for sensitive
skin. Never use a soap, this is too harsh and will cause redness and
itching. Look for milks or cleansing lotions and unscented moisturizers/creams.
Products containing chamomile, calendula oils, avocado oils, vitamins
and horse chestnut are very soothing and nourishing. Some people have
very sensitive skin and will still have problems with products claiming
to be formulated for "sensitive skin", unfortunately, this is the
nature of sensitive skin. Probably most people with this skin type
have purchased and wasted more product than any other group because
they have to go through a lot more trial and error when it comes to
finding the right product.
Oily Skin: For oily skin types choose a cleanser that gently
washes away oils from the skin surface and that says it will unblock
pores, blackheads, and deep blemishes. Be careful not to over do it
since excess cleansing can encourage your oil glands to produce more
sebum. A foaming wash or cleansing lotion specially formulated for
oily skin are the types of products to purchase. Even oily skin needs
a moisturizer to seal the top layers of the skin and keep them soft
and supple. You won't need a lot of moisturizer, possibly only a dime
size in your palm. You can also apply the moisturizer and wipe off
any extra with a cotton pad. If you look shiny, wait for the moisturizer
to sink (2-3 minutes) then take a tissue and dab off until the shine
Combination Skin: Skin that is both dry and oily in places
makes for a tough challenge. You really need to treat the two areas
of your skin in two different ways. You can't treat the entire face
as either dry or oily, therefore, a dual approach is needed. Choose
a cleanser that will ensure that the oily areas are clean, probably
a cleansing cream or lotion work the best. Make sure you use a toner
in the t-zone and avoid or use a mild toner along the cheeks and forehead.
Apply moisturizer, two different kinds, on your face. Choose an aloe
based formula, especially for oily skin, in your t-zone and a calendula
or chamomile based formula along your cheeks and forehead. Blend each
in their appropriate zone, making sure not to cross over into the
opposing area. Blot off the excess moisturizer in your t-zone if any
exists after waiting 2-3 minutes to absorb.
Now that you
understand the type of skin you have and the best way to prep your
skin for lasting beauty, you can now move on to enhancing that beauty
with special treatments and make-up.
Katrina VanDoran Make-Up USA