Your Skin Type – and What Does It Need
Every skin type has its pros and cons. Dry skin can be flakey, but it doesn’t get too shiny. Combination skin means an oily T-zone. Do you feel like you’re struggling with your skin type? Don’t worry. Find out a bit more about its typical problems and learn how to take care of it properly to feel beautiful every day!
Your skin type is a matter of genetics – it doesn’t change. However, the state of your skin can change multiple times. Depending on your hormone levels, your physical and mental health, or your lifestyle, your skin can go from normal to problematic.
Essentially, there are four types of healthy skin: normal, dry, oily, and combination. On top of that, there is also problem skin, sensitive skin, and mature skin – but all of those are related to the condition of your skin.
How can you tell your skin is normal: Your complexion is soft, tight, well-moisturised, radiant. All you need to do is help it keep looking beautiful.
How to Take Care of Normal Skin
In the morning, use a moisturising product (for instance the Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost with gel consistency and hyaluronic acid), and at night, choose a vitamin treatment. You can use a lotion or a gel cleanser for getting your skin clean (the Garnier Bio Lemongrass with its lemongrass extract and organic cornflower water is very refreshing). Finally, pick a good hyaluronic or collagen serum and use a cleansing or detox mask once a week to complete your routine.
How to tell your skin is dry: Dry skin is prone to redness, flakiness, premature wrinkles, and a slightly greyish, dull tone. It can also often be sensitive, which is the result of a disturbed skin barrier that normally protects your skin from outer elements. Stress can also affect its condition.
Taking Care of Dry Skin
In moisturisers, look for ingredients like shea butter, glycerine, or hyaluronic acid, because they have hydrating and healing properties. A fantastic choice for day and night is the Bioderma Atoderm Nutritive moisturiser for dry skin, which is also great for atopic dermatitis. You can even try some amazing prebiotic and probiotic products.
For makeup removal, forget about micellar water or products with alcohol – go for an oil or even hydrophilic oil. Go easy on the exfoliator as well, but do use a lot of nourishing anti-stress, and soothing face masks. The Vichy Mineral Masks with aloe vera might be your new favourite!
How can you tell your skin is oily: You always look “sweaty” and shiny, you might even have problem skin and struggle with acne. Your pores frequently get clogged and you have blackheads. What now?
Taking Care of Oily Skin
Cleaning your skin thoroughly is job one. The drying effect of micellar water is perfect for your type. You can also try deep-cleansing gels, such as the fragrance-free Eucerin DermoPure.
The best moisturiser for oily skin is non-comedogenic, while the best face masks contain cucumber, tea tree, or charcoal. These ingredients will cleanse your skin, tighten your pores, and mattify your complexion. If that’s not quite enough, you can try using blotting papers for oily skin, for example the Shiseido Generic Skincare Oil Control Blotting Paper. They remove excess sebum quickly and reliably!
How can you tell you have combination skin: Combination skin is tricky – oilier in the T-zone while dry to sensitive on the rest of the face. But never worry, good skincare will solve it all.
Best Skin Care for Combination Skin
You should go for water-based makeup removers – oil-based ones would not be great for your T-zone and the ones with alcohol would make your cheeks dry. Use a good makeup remover lotion and toner, or the Nuxe Aquabella gel with a micro-exfoliating effect.
After cleansing, it’s time for some light hydration. The Biotherm Aquatherm day cream for combination skin will be amazing thanks to its gel texture and the fact that it contains pure thermal plankton.
How can you tell your skin is dry: It’s often irritated, dry, red, sometimes with burning or itching sensation in reaction to skincare or other influences such as temperature. The culprit is the weakened skin barrier and low amount of fat in your skin.
Taking Care of Sensitive Skin
You need a delicate approach and non-irritant products for sensitive skin. Cleanse your skin and remove your makeup with gentle micellar water or gel followed by a toner. Products from the pink Bioderma Sensibioline are an excellent choice for a gentle cleanse. Avoid standard exfoliators that could cause more irritation and try for instance the super gentle Nuxe Cleansers and Make-up Removers. Finally, don’t forget that hydration is very important for sensitive skin. The Biotherm Aquasource Everplump smoothing cream with thermal water will be your ideal cosmetic companion.
Even though mature skin is not one of the basic types (and every skin turns mature eventually), it’s useful to know that what mature skin needs most are products that enhance the production of collagen and elastin to keep the skin naturally tight as long as possible. Sufficient hydration, nutrients, and anti-ageing ingredients are everything – they can fight free radicals as well as wrinkles that have already formed.
Your makeup remover should correspond with your original skin type. Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Glow will be a brilliant day cream – it’s a rejuvenating cream with flaxseed (skin-renewing), five-flavour berry (brightening), and colour pigments (to even out skin tone). Another must is an anti-ageing serum, such as the Helena Rubinstein Powercell Skinmunity which is fantastic at protecting and regenerating skin cells.
A regular exfoliation once a week along with an anti-ageing face mask will complete your perfect skincare routine.
Author: Jane P