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If you’re like me, there are times when you become all manners of frustrated with your skin. Whether it’s dry patches, dark circles under your eyes, or the devils on your chin, our epidermal woes seem to be a constant worry only slightly tempered by old-fashioned soap and water. Couple that with the fact that advertisements present a veritable onslaught of choices at every sale known to man, and we’re left with the original problem and an overwhelming amount of creams, masks, and washes from which to choose. Here’s a quick guide based on four basic skin types that can hopefully shed some light on what to look for in the facial care aisle.
Dry Oil-based products are your friend. Using lotion is also a big help, especially for areas like elbows and knees that can get cracked easily. L’Oreal makes a great facial moisturizer that is sure to even out your skin tone and texture as well.
Oily The first thing you need to look for is a water-based cleanser and oil-free makeup. This one step can save you time and confusion over why your friend’s blush leaves your cheeks a slick mess by the end of the work day. Most dermatologists recommend Purpose soap for those with oily skin, and Neutrogena, Clinique, and Almay are brands that myself and others I know with oily skin have used with great success. Also, people have a tendency to over-cleanse oily skin. That just stimulates your sebaceous glands to produce more oil; once in the morning and once in the evening is enough. One perk of this skin type is that it keeps you looking young; people with oily skin tend to develop wrinkles later in life.
Combination This type can manifest in several different ways; oily T-zone/dry cheeks, dry temples and forehead/oily chin, and so on. The trick is to experiment and find what works best for you. It may be an all-in-one cleanser and makeup line, or it may take a couple different products to enhance your already adorable mug. Either way, keep plenty of whatever you need on hand and rejoice in the fact that you also don’t get wrinkles until old age.
Sensitive All of the types listed above can also be categorized as sensitive. Check the ingredients of your cleanser for glycerin. I kept breaking out and wasn’t sure why until my mother suggested checking out the glycerin content of my face wash. Sure enough, it was in there in copious amounts, so I switched to Neutrogena Deep Cleanser. My face is now free of breakouts and I know in the future which cleansers to avoid on that advice alone. Also, cleansers with gel beads can be abrasive for sensitive skin. I know exfoliation is a great thing, but save them for your body wash and use something gentler for your face. Cetaphil lotion also works wonders for sensitive skin in all its mild, non-irritating glory.