Facial Care: Wrong products can make for a pore experience
Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? This fact alone is reason enough to keep your skin in good condition. It’s especially important to take care of your face because it’s particularly sensitive. So much of us are concerned with presentation and so much of that is linked to the condition of our skin. Even if your live-in personal stylist is Karl Lagerfeld, you won’t feel like a million bucks unless your skin situation is up to par.
Facial care is extremely important because it’s a sign of good health. Your inner state directly affects your outer state and you want to make sure you’re well represented. With all the skin care commercials you’re inundated with, it’s hard to decide which one is best for you. If you do not possess enough knowledge about skin products, you could very well be sabotaging your skin and not even know it. This buying guide is designed to help you find the products that are most compatible with your skin, so we can have you looking radiant and walking anywhere with a sense of confidence!
Understand your skin type
Have you taken time to get acquainted with your skin? Do you know its likes and dislikes? Whether it is aging or blemishes, the average state of your face is always telling you something. It’s imperative to listen and take the time to identify your skin type. Your type is exactly what determines what products you will be purchasing. This is the only way you can ensure proper skin treatment that will keep you healthy. A product that may have amazing results for one person can have negative results for you. You can identify your skin type right from your home: It’s simple and easy. The simplest and easiest way to test your skin type is by dabbing a tissue on your face. We suggest you commence this process early in the morning or whenever you’ve awoken from your slumber.
People who have normal skin are quite fortunate. Normal skin is extremely low maintenance and the least problematic of the five types. When dabbing a tissue on the face, it will not leave any residue. Even with minimum care, skin still looks healthy and is unlikely to break out.
If your skin is dry, your skin will not leave any oil on the tissue. It may however, leave flakes of dead skin. The best way to identify dry skin is by observing how your skin looks and feels. If your skin is flaky and has a tendency to feel tight, irritated or itchy, you most likely have dry skin.
Oily skin will leave wet stains on a tissue after application. Oily skin looks shiny and is prone to breakouts of black and white heads in particular. If you have oily skin you probably have enlarged and visible pores. If you’re a girl, you may experience the tendency of make-up running off your skin.
It’s hard to imagine that one’s skin can be oily and dry, but this is what constitutes combination skin. Combination skin is generally oily and dry in specific places. For example, the rest of your face may be dry with the exception of the T zone (forehead, nose and chin) and may leave blots of oil on the tissue after application.
Sensitive skin is easily irritated. Skin may become red or result in more irritation when wiping a tissue on the face. Those who have sensitive skin have to be particularly careful about what products they use on their face. Over the counter products may seem harmless, but they can potentially lead to worsening the state of your skin.
The only thing your skin determines is the products you use, but the steps to achieving peachy clean skin is generally the same.
Which products for which skin type?
Every facial care routine begins with a cleanser, which must be compatible with your skin type. You will want a cleanser that removes dirt, dead skin, makeup, oil, etc. Although you want to remove oil, you will also want to retain some of it. Natural oils are important for your face, but it’s all about balance. It’s important to use your cleanser in the morning and right before bed. If you have any problems with your skin, you would be surprised by how much of a difference washing your face before bed will make.
Amongst some of the most popular cleansers, you will find the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (£20), Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser for dry Skin (£13) and Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser (£8).
Oily skin- If you have Oily skin you should use an Oil free moisturiser. Make sure your moisturizer keeps the hydration and oil levels balanced. This is the key to clear skin. We suggest the Dr. Dennis Gross Oil Free Moisturizer (£23).
Dry Skin– Moisturiser is obviously very important for those with dry skin. Lack of moisture makes the skin breakout more. If skin is dry, your face will produce more oils in an attempt to restore balance. Dry skin needs a rich and creamy moisturiser that will bring it back to life. Avoid astringents or products with alcohol in them. Products like these will leave your skin even drier. We suggest products that have cocoa, coconut oil or Shea butter. Aloe Vera is also very beneficial for cracked or dry skin. Olay Regenerist Replenishing Cream (available from £10) gives a burst of hydration, or if you are willing to spend a bit more there is the Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream , a great moisturizer for dry skin and available for £28.
Combination– Combination Skin requires products that can moisturise dry areas. Oatmeal masks, oil free products and any other natural exfoliate will do wonders for combination skin. We suggest the Biotherm Skin Egetic Non Stop Anti Fatigue Moisturiser starting at £25.
Normal Skin – It’s all about the vitamins with Normal Skin. Search for products that are rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E. The Body Shop sells a range of Vitamin C products starting from just £10
Sensitive Skin– Go natural with sensitive skin and avoid anything with alcohol or beads. For sensitive skin, look for hypoallergenic, natural moisturizers with lots of vitamins such as Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Cream , available from around £12.
Protection from UV rays is also really important. A lot of moisturisers contain SPF for sun protection. Protecting your skin from the sun is really great and will combat any signs of aging.
You are probably wondering if over the counter anti aging products actually work. What makes them any different from regular lotion? Well, it depends. “Over the counter” means “non prescription.” This means they have not undergone scientific studies to ensure their effectiveness. This being said, over the counter products have little effects at best. This is why if you’re interested in anti-aging cream, you might want to invest in a multipurpose aging cream that combines a moisturizer and protection from the sun. Most anti aging creams are multipurpose. For a moisturizer and anti aging cream we would suggest the Anti Wrinkle Night Cream by Korres starting at £28. If you do look for anti-aging creams, make sure the ingredients include: Retinol, Vitamin C, Hydroxy Acids, Coenzyme Q10, tea extracts, grape seed extract and Niacinamide.
1. Cool it with the hot water! This might be the best advice we can give anyone. A lot of us use hot water on our faces. It feels good and our face looks better and tighter afterwards. Hot water is good for the rest of our body, but horrible for our face! Hot water dries out the skin and alters the pH balance. Your skin will be forced to produce more oils after being scalded and you will consequently break out more. It doesn’t matter what kind of skin type you have. Everyone should only use tepid water on their faces.
2. Change your pillow case. You will notice a positive difference within a week. You should ideally change it every other day. If that’s too much, opt for a pillow case that is made of cotton or natural fibres. This material is less likely to transfer oils.
3. In addition to your bedding, double check what kind of wash powder you are using. Your detergent could be causing or worsening your acne. It’s in your best interest to buy wash powder that is all natural and toxin free.
4. Always wash your face before bed! Many of us don’t realise how our daily habits affect our skin. Pollution and the amount of times we unknowingly touch our face results in a build up of bacteria. If you don’t wash your face, the bacteria will declare war on your pores and it will show.
5. If you’re unsure what exfoliates to use, perhaps try something from home. Use water and a pinch of salt. Gently rub the salt in a circular motion around your face. The salt will get rid of any dead skin that is clogging your pores.