Have you ever been really excited about trying a new skin care product or technique, but it makes your break out or dries your face out? Chances are the product or technique you used wasn’t designed for your skin type. There are 5 different basic skin types and they all interact with products and techniques differently.

In order to achieve the radiant skin you want, we recommend creating your skin care routine with products designed for your skin type. Below are some tips for personalized skin care according to your skin type.

Normal Skin

Normal skin may be the easiest skin to care for because it’s already balanced, doesn’t have severe sensitivities, and has little to no imperfections. The biggest challenge we have seen with people who have normal skin is that they don’t see the need for skin care. Even if your skin is already looks good, it’s still wise to take care of your skin. This includes a daily cleanser, moisturizer, and spf a minimum. Normal skin types are able to experiment the most with different products and brands. So if this is you, have fun trying products and find something you like!

Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by rough, dull complexion, red patches, and visible lines. It is also prone to crack, peel or itch. If you have dry skin, we recommend using a milky cream cleanser daily that is free from fragrance and alcohol and rinsing with warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot though, because that can remove the natural oils from your skin causing even more dryness. Adding in a hydrating serum or a hylaronic acid underneath your moisturizer can really help with dry skin. We also recommend using an exfoliator at least once a week to remove any dead or dry skin cells.

Oily Skin

People with oily skin often have shiny, greasy skin and can have larger than normal pores.

We recommend using a cleanser that is oil free and foaming. This will help absorb excess oils on your face. We also recommend using a toner right after washing to help control the oil levels and finishing off your routine with a light oil-free moisturiser and spf. Since a lot of spf products tend to be heavier, it’s best to get a moisturizer with spf to avoid putting too heavy of a product that can cause your skin to produce more oil. Not using a moisturizer your skin tends to overproduce oil making the problem worse, so its best to use one.

Combination Skin

This is a combination of both dry areas, typically around the cheeks, and oily areas, typically on the nose, forehead, and chin. It is best to use a gentle cleanser and to not to scrub while washing. Also you should rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry, instead of rubbing. If you have skin that is seasonably more oily, you can use a toner after cleansing during that time. If your skin is seasonably dry, try exfoliating once a week.

It is important to use a moisturizer to balance out the skin. There are products that are meant for combination skin that will hydrate the dry areas and matte the oily areas.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin may be the trickiest of them all, because some people with sensitive skin can easily become irritated or burn and may react to products differently. And you may have sensitive skin combined with a different skin type. Regardless, if you have sensitive skin, one of the most important tips to factor into your skin care routine is to find products with little or no scent. A lot of irritation comes from fragrances in products, even if they are minor. Also because sensitive skin can be triggered by different products, we recommend trying out products and brands until you find one that doesn’t irritate your skin. Then, try experimenting with different products within that brand or product line.

A general recommendation is to exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week for all skin types (except Sensitive Skin).

Now that you have a starting place for finding the best skin care routine for you, you can move onto the fun part of trying out products and seeing what works best for your skin! If you have more questions about products or what specific product recommendations, contact us today.