If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know that I love cosmetics, skincare and all things beauty. I’m always trying out different brands or experimenting with new makeup trends. However, it’s true that this can sometimes take its toll on your skin. This got me thinking about the different skin types and how to care for each. I’ve definitely picked up some tips and knowledge in my time so today I wanted to share a bit of that with you.
We’ve all experienced the nightmare of dry, flaky skin — it can ruin even the most perfectly applied makeup. I have very oily skin myself but when I’m ill the skin around my mouth, nose and on my cheeks becomes so dry and flaky.
What many people don’t realise is that the type of cleanser or face wash you’re using can be drying your skin out. So if you have naturally dry skin, or if you skin is try because of an illness such as in my case, then you could be making it worse and if you actually have normal skin, you could be making it drier!
Soap and cleansers that include harsh chemicals and alcohol can really dry your skin out, so you should always choose a gentle cleanser. Available at Pure Beauty, Decleor products are a great choice, as they include natural ingredients and essential oils which are kind to skin.
Once you’ve washed your skin, pat it dry with a clean, soft cloth. Try to avoid using rough towels, as these can damage your skin further. You’ll also need a hydrating lotion to lock in moisturiser.
I’ve been using Decleor products for years and years and I can tell you first hand how amazing they are, especially if your skin is dry or sensitive. I reviewed the cleanser and toner in this post many moons ago, the Rose D’Orient serum oil here which is actually what saved my skin after it started cracking and peeling from using another skincare product from a different brand, and the moisturising body lotion here.
While everyone wants a natural glow, nobody wants a greasy shine. Oily skin is usually caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce the oil.
You may be tempted to scrub away the oil, but doing so can trigger more oil production as it can irritate your skin. Instead, choose a gentle cleanser and oil-free moisturiser.
When it comes to makeup, the best option is to use a really good primer and then opt for base products that have oil free formulas or ones that have a higher powder content, as these will help to remove the sheen without drying your skin out.
Combination skin, as the name suggests, is where you have a mix of both oily and dry skin. Generally, oil tends to build up across your T-zone, while you may have dry patches elsewhere on your face.
To begin, choose a balancing cleanser — this will help to even out your oil levels, hydrate dry patches and reducing oil build up in problem areas. You’ll also need to apply a balancing moisturiser after washing your face too. Don’t be attempted to avoid moisturising your T-zone — doing so could make it even oilier.
It’s important to remember not to wash your face too often — once in the morning and once at night will suffice. If you do wash it more regularly, you could strip your skin and make your skin oilier, as your pores react to the constant cleansing. Instead, use blotting sheets or a translucent powder to wick away the oil.
What are your top skincare tips for dry, oily or combination skin?
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