Before you can best treat your skin, it is important to know what type of skin you have. Skin can be oily, it can be dry, or it can be a combination of both. Other people suffer from sensitive skin, especially in softer areas such as the face and neck, and this requires particularly special care. The easiest way to find out what kind of skin type you have is to determine how much oil your skin has, which you can learn by speaking with a cosmetologist at a spa, salon or at the cosmetics counter at your local department store.
Now that you have pinpointed what type of skin you have, it is important to find products that are formulated for your skin type. Any product line worth its weight will have a product in its arsenal designed for each different skin type. After finding the products that are right for you, you can begin the following steps to make your skin look its best!
Every skin care regimen should start with a cleansing. Start by choosing a cleanser that is catered to your skin type, and be sure to stick with that cleanser for a while. As you use it more often, your skin becomes very receptive to that particular product, and changing cleansers can be demanding on your skin. Be sure to use a cleanser and not regular soap, as soap has a tendency to dry your skin out. Use your cleanser twice per day. It is recommended do it in the morning to get the day started fresh, and then again before bedtime to remove makeup as well as dirt and oils that have accumulated through the day. Use a small amount of cleanser with tepid water, applying to your face in circular movements. Finish by rinsing your face with lukewarm water at first, to remove the cleanser, and then splash your face with cold water to close the pores.
The next step you should take after cleansing is to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating, in simpler terms, is scraping your skin to remove the dead and damaged skin cells that reside on the surface of the skin. These cells leave your skin scaly and flaky. Use a scrub at least once per week, preferably after a nighttime cleansing.
The last step you should take is to moisturize your skin. Cleansing and exfoliating your skin, while they clean your skin and keep it healthy, tend to dry out the skin as well. It is important to restore the moisture to your skin by applying a moisturizer. If your skin feels tight and has lost its elasticity, it is a sign that you need moisturizer. Once your skin regains its suppleness, you’ll know that you are properly moisturized.
Follow these three easy steps and you’ll have healthy, radiant skin in no time!