The first and most important step when starting a skincare regimen is to find out your skin type. This helps you choose the right products to use so that your skin benefits most, in the shortest possible time. Most cosmetics, cleansers, toners, facial masks and other products have the skin type they are best suited for mentioned prominently on the packaging. When shopping for products, make sure to pay special attention to this information.
Another advantage of knowing your skin type is that you know which ingredients are likely to be harmful to your skin. For example, for those with sensitive skin, apricot scrub is best avoided because it is too aggressive and harsh. Salicylic acid is good for acne prone skin. For those with oily skin, products containing salicylic acid are also a good choice. To make a judicious choice of products, you do need to look at their ingredients. Knowing your skin type lets you pick products with all the right ingredients to give you healthy and great looking skin.
Caring for Normal Skin
Normal skin is the easiest to care for. The best products to use for this skin type are those that support normal skin functions. Of course, even normal skin does break out at rare times or develops rashes or skin blemishes when exposed to certain products. But this skin type usually bounces back to its normal healthy glow with some help from you with the right skin care products.
To care for normal skin you need a gentle cleanser which also works as your makeup remover. Keep your skin well hydrated with moisturizers and toning gels. Use a hydrating gel mask once a week to keep the skin supple and to keep dry skin problems well away. Serums and day creams to nourish and protect the skin during daytime and firming eye creams, night time creams and oils allow normal skin to repair cell damage and regain a healthy glow for the day ahead.
Caring for Dry Skin
Dry skin requires extra special care, especially during winter months. Regular and effective cleansing is very important for dry skin since clogged pores further reduce the available sebum. Use a mild cleansing milk to ensure that the dryness is not worsened by the cleansing process. Avoid washing your face too many times as it strips the skin of essential oils and moisture. Cleansing once before applying makeup and once at night is sufficient. Cleansers that have good moisture retention are good choices for dry skin. Avoid alcohol based toners that dry out your skin. Use a toner with honey or mint instead.
Caring for Oily Skin
Oily skin has a natural barrier against moisture loss which is why you can avoid rich moisturizers for this skin type. However, some oily skin types may be prone to dryness in winter months. Then moisturizing is necessary. Proper cleansing is a very important part of your oily skin care regimen as to prevent acne. Cleansing clears your pores and ensures that there is no debris clogging them leading to blackheads, infections and other common oily skin problems. Use oil control cleansers (e.g.: with activated charcoal) or those containing salicylic acid and avoid those containing sulfates.