Have you always been a fan of skin care or at least learning the proper methods? Those that help people by applying various facial treatments have special training via an esthetics school. However, you do not need special schooling to learn how to take care of your own skin. The more you know about your skin and the best products to use, the better your skin will look and you will feel more confident.
What type of skin do you have?
Take a look in a lighted mirror or one that offers a lot of light about midway through the day. Does your face have a sheen and you see no dryness? Perhaps you feel a little powder probably would help cover the shine? If so, you have oily skin.
If your skin looks dry and you even see some flaking to the point you feel a bit of extra moisturizer is in order. If you see no sheen or shine on your face all, this indicates you have dry skin.
Does your face has sheen and yet you see some dryness in other areas such as your cheeks, forehead or chin, this indicates you have combination skin, which means it is both oily and dry.
If you look at your face and see no dryness or shine, you have ‘normal’ skin.
Great Skin in Three Easy Steps
Cleansing and Exfoliating
The first step to healthy facial skin is cleansing, which you need to do morning and night. There are many kinds of cleansers that are are designed just for the face and for the type of skin you have. You will see cleansers for normal, dry and oily skin since these are the most common skin types. If you have combination skin, look for a cleanser that is designed to balance your pH levels on your face.
Exfoliation is vital as it removes the excess dead skin cells to allow healthy skin to grow. As with cleansers, look for exploiters for your skin type. You should exfoliate one per week.
Using a Toner
A toner is the middle step of the skin care process. It is in essence is preparing the skin for the moisturizer. You will find these for the different skin types as well.
If you have oily skin you may be tempted to think you do not need moisturizer but this is a myth. In fact, if you do not use a moisturizer, your pours end up producing more sebum and this clogs the pours causing break outs. If your skin is oily, look for a water-based and oil-free moisturizer.
If you have combination skin, apply a moisturizer specifically for ‘combination’ which is typically oil-free but has moisturizing agents in it.
Dry skin requires good oils. Therefore, look for a moisturizer that is specifically for oily skin.
For normal skin, you can use a moisturizer ‘for all skin types’ or it may actually have the word ‘normal’ on the jar or tube.