Choosing The Right Products For Your Skin Type
In my last post I went through the characteristics of the four different skin types, give that a read if you haven’t already! In my recent ‘My Skincare Journey’ post I talked about how my skin has changed a lot over the years and I think I have had all the different types and conditions at some point so in this post, I will go through the basics of which products I would recommend for each. I’m going to be doing a separate post on SPFs that I would recommend and I am also going to be discussing congested skin/acne in a blog post very soon.
Oily skin is caused by the sebaceous glands over producing oil. Gel cleansers work well with oily skin as well as products containing salicylic acid and glycolic acid as these can be helpful to keep the pores from becoming blocked with sebum. Clay masks can also be good to mop up some of the excess oil and to clean out the pores. It can be tempting to use products that are foaming or full of drying alcohols but these will just strip the skin and make it produce more oil in the long run so steer clear of these. Oily skin needs to be hydrated like any other skin type so avoid heavy creams and look out for light, hydrating oil-free moisturisers and serums.
Some products I would recommend for oily skin include:
Dr Levy Resurfacing Cleanser - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=35269&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cultbeauty.co.uk%2Fdr-levy-switzerland-3-deep-cell-renewal-micro-resurfacing-cleanser.html
Kate Somerville Oil-free moisturiser - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=35269&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cultbeauty.co.uk%2Fkate-somerville-oil-free-moisturizer.html
Alex Steinherr x Primark Oil Free Moisturiser (Not available online)
Dry skin is caused by a lack of oil being produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. This means that nourishing oils, balms and creams are brilliant for dry skin and incorporating them into your routine will help with rough patches and flakiness. Dry skin is often dull so it can also be good to incorporate a lactic acid product, which is gentler and more moisturising than glycolic acid but still helps to slough away dead skin to reveal the brighten skin underneath. It is best to steer clear of clay-based cleansers and masks and avoid any products containing drying alcohols.
Some products I would recommend for dry skin includes:
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=35269&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cultbeauty.co.uk%2Femma-hardie-amazing-face-moringa-cleansing-balm-with-cleansing-cloth.html
Cerave Moisturising Lotion - https://www.boots.com/cerave-moisturising-lotion-236ml-10246703
Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=41885&murl=https%3A%2F%2Ffabled.com%2Fdrink-up-intensive-overnight-mask-to-quench-skins-thirst-100ml-331718011
If you are lucky enough to have normal, balanced skin, it is best to focus on keeping the skin barrier happy and also incorporate some actives such as glycolic acid and vitamin C to keep the skin looking bright and even. Hydrating products should also be used to keep the skin plump.
Oskia Cleansing Gel - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=36362&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.spacenk.com%2Fuk%2Fen_GB%2Fskincare%2Fcleansers%2Fcleanser%2Frenaissance-cleansing-gel-UK200013165.html
REN AHA Tonic - https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=u7YPATdON70&mid=36362&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.spacenk.com%2Fuk%2Fen_GB%2Fskincare%2Ftoner%2Ftoners%2Fready-steady-glow-daily-aha-tonic-MUK300051309.html
If you have combination skin, you can mix and match the products above depending on your concerns. If you have an oily t-zone and normal cheeks, it can be useful to use an oil-free mattifying moisturiser down the centre of the face and then one of the more moisturising lotions on the cheeks. You can also use a clay mask just down the centre of the face a couple of times a week. It is important to keep the whole face hydrated with a hydrating serum, which can be oil free to suit the oily parts but will also be beneficial for the normal/dry areas.
Some cleanser recommendations for combination skin, which can be used all over the face, include:
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser - https://bit.ly/2EdyhZt
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - https://bit.ly/2PeMFBy
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - https://jland.partners/2PhfSvH
I will go into dehydrated and sensitive skin recommendations in the next post. Hope you found this helpful!
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