We often hear that beautiful skin comes naturally. But for many of us, beautiful skin is actually the result of following a consistent daily routine and adopting beneficial lifestyle habits to keep our skin looking smooth, supple, and radiant on a daily basis.
When it comes to you asking for the best way to achieve healthy-looking skin, it helps to remember that this question does have a not a one-size-fits-all answer. What works for one individual may not work for another. Likewise, while one customer may see the benefits of their skin care routine in just a few days, another may have to wait a few weeks before seeing results.
So, where should you begin? Here are some simple tips to help you get started.
Knowing your skin type is an important first step.
All too often, people will fail to see the results they want to see because they are unaware of their skin type and what products or ingredients will work best for their complexion. Let’s take a look at the five common skin types below and how to help you identify which type is yours.
- Normal skin: This type of skin tends to have a balanced T-zone (the area of the face shaped like a “T” that includes the forehead, nose, and chin) is generally clear of breakouts or dryness. Keep skin ageless with a hydrating face moisturizer.
- Oily skin: Like the name implies, oily skin is characterized by excess oil production, primarily in the T-zone. Skin may look shiny or feel greasy to the touch, and it may be more prone to blemishes and breakouts. A charcoal mask is great to help eliminate excess oil and an oil cleanser to balance natural oils.
- Dry skin: The opposite of oily skin, people with dry skin produce less oil than normal. Skin may be flaky or itchy, with a dull overall complexion, and fine lines and wrinkles will be more visible. Exfoliate dry skin with a nourishing scrub and follow up with a serum under your moisturizer.
- Combination skin: People with combination skin have dryness in some areas (typically around the cheeks) and oiliness in others (generally in the T-zone area). Combination skin can overall be dehydrated and irritated. Use a deep nighttime moisturizer.
- Sensitive skin: Signs of sensitive skin may vary, from redness and burning to breakouts, itching, and inflammation. Because certain products and ingredients can help while others may exacerbate the problem, this skin type often requires a bit more care and diligence when it comes to choosing the right products to use. Use a fragrance free Vitamin C serum to provide the immunity the skin needs to combat redness.
Because not all of you will have the same skin type, having an in-depth knowledge of your product ingredients and how they interact with each skin type can help you choose products for your daily skin care regimen. If you're still not sure which skin type you are, there are a few quick tests that can help.