When it comes to skin care, there’s no end to the products to try, ingredients to examine, and habits to take up, and it can be overwhelming when it comes time to wash your face at the end of the day. I’ve outlined the basic skin care tips you need to make sure you skin looks healthy and vibrant, no matter your skin type.
Skin Care Tips for Glowing, Vibrant Skin
Determine Your Skin Type:
Before you can determine the products you need, you need to know what type of skin you’re working with. The most commonly reported skin types are normal, dry, oily, and combination. Normal skin is usually clear of blemishes with small, almost invisible pores and few irritations to products. Dry skin can be characterized by flakiness, scaliness, irritation, and a rough complexion. Dry skin may also tend to age faster. In contrast, oily skin is characterized by larger, more visible pores, a shiny complexion, and a variety of blemishes including blackheads, whiteheads, and large pimples. Finally, to round it out, we have combination skin. This is exactly what it sounds like; some parts of your skin may have an excess of oil while other areas are dry.
If You Have Acne:
While most people associate acne with teenage years and adolescence, the harsh reality is that this common skin condition affects many adults, as well. Women are especially prone to acne break outs thanks to Mother Nature; our hormonal fluctuations during life events can cause our oil glands to go into overdrive, producing an excess amount of oil and making our skin break out like nobody’s business.
When determining the right acne treatment, take these factors into consideration:
Avoid Benzoyl Peroxide:
You’ve likely heard of acne products (or even used some) that contain benzoyl peroxide. While it’s true that this ingredient can definitely fight against acne blemishes, because it affects the amount of oil your skin produces, it can also cause some pretty nasty side effects that are a little less than desirable. This old staple of acne treatments has been proven to irritate and dry out many skin types, but it also is so powerful that it can bleach your skin and clothing. Not something you exactly want on your face, right? While benzoyl peroxide does work for some people, be aware that these side effects are very real, and experiment with small bits of skin at first if you do wish to use a product containing this ingredient.
Utilize Salicylic Acid:
In contrast to benzoyl peroxide, look for acne products that contain salicylic acid. According to BioClarity’s informative guide on acne treatment, salicylic acid is one of the most effective acne fighting ingredients you can find. It essentially serves as a natural exfoliant, cleaning out those clogged pores and leaving your skin feeling soft and supple, free of oil, dead skin cells, and that gross acne bacteria. It can also help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation that can come from acne marks and cars that have long since healed.
Always Be Sure to Moisturize:
Even if you have oily skin and frequent acne breakouts, it’s important to moisturize. Depending on your skin type, you can find a variety of different moisturizers that will provide you with the best benefits. Remember that one moisturizer doesn’t work for all parts of the body; it’s important to have specialized creams for each type of skin, like facial moisturizers designed to handle skin more prone to acne. Consider using a deeply hydrating facial cream to make sure your skin gets the moisture it needs and have soft, supple skin in no time.
Always Wear Sunscreen:
There’s no better advice than this: Protect your skin from the sun at all costs. Wear a strong sunscreen whenever you head out of the house, invest in makeup that contains sun protection like SPF foundation from Philosophy, and wear hats to protect the skin on your scalp when you plan on being out in the sun. Beyond the terrifying prospect of skin cancer, too much sun exposure can result in cracked, dry, and prematurely aged skin, so it’s important to make sun safety a priority.
Taking care of your skin doesn’t need to be a daunting task; keep these skin care tips in mind and make sure that skin stays looking its best.
By Alicia Chancellor
Image via Lauren Conrad.