Taking great care of your facial skin is easy once you establish the right routine, and sticking to a regular cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing schedule can help you achieve a flawless, smooth complexion with a healthy glow.
Every person’s skin is unique, so developing your facial care regimen will likely require some trial and error. Knowing what different products do and what your skin type needs can help you create the ultimate skin care plan custom-designed for your individual complexion.
The first thing to consider when choosing skin care products and creating your treatment plan is your skin type. If you often notice flaking, find your skin is easily irritated, or feel that you are prone to premature wrinkles, you probably have a dry skin type.
If you are susceptible to acne and blemishes, or find that you constantly need to powder your nose to keep the shine at bay, you most likely have an oily skin type.
If, like many people, you have pimples and grease in some areas, and irritation and flaking in others, you have combination skin, which usually requires the most individualized care.
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Keep your skin type in mind when buying the four products that will make up your skin care routine’s foundation. You will need a cleanser to use twice daily, an exfoliant to use a few times per week, a moisturizer to use as needed, and one intensive treatment for weekly use.
The cleanser should wipe away dirt, makeup, and excess oil, and will help keep your pores free of clogs. For your cleanser, look for a product without alcohol or other potentially drying agents, and choose the gentlest product possible. It should be strong enough to cut through excess grease, but not so strong that it strips your face of the natural oils that keep it resilient.
The moisturizer you choose should be non-comedogenic to keep your complexion clear, and should be water-based for maximum effectiveness. Use your moisturizer only when you notice redness or dryness. For people with dry skin this may mean applying a thin layer after every cleansing, but for others it might mean occasional spot treatments.
The exfoliant will slough away dead skin cells that can cloud your visage, and exfoliating will help keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant. The moisturizer will tackle dryness, redness, and irritation so that you can maintain a silky smooth texture and a fresh, dewy look. Your exfoliant should be especially designed for facial skin, the most delicate skin on the body, so don’t try to make your body wash scrub do double-duty on your face.
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The intensive treatment should be a commercially available or homemade mask that will tackle your biggest skin concerns. Use a mask treatment once a week for a luxurious and deeply penetrating solution for your skin problems.
You can find a mask recipe or premixed product for any issue under the sun, so whether your dominant skin trouble is acne, dryness, or visible wrinkles—or if your skin is in great shape but could use an infusion of nutrients, you will be able to find a treatment ideal for your skin.