I knew nothing about skin types when I started playing with makeup and knew even less about what products would work best on my skin. I went several years buying products that didn’t work out, but not really knowing why.
I used to think my skin was “normal” because I had nothing to compare it to. I can tell you right now, my skin is NOT normal. I am an OOIIIILLLYYY GIRL!
And here lied the reason my beauty products weren’t working out. I was purchasing products with claims that sounded great to me, but I had no clue how they would react on my skin.
Radiant, glowy foundation? Sure!
Ulta-hydrating and luminous moisturizer? Absolutely!
With my oily skin, I don’t need a radiant and glowy foundation. Within a few hours of application, my natural oils give me all the radiance and luminosity I can handle.
So here I was, using all the wrong products and wondering why my skin looked like a giant grease ball by noon.
Have you ever looked at a row of foundation or skin care options and thought to yourself,
“How do I know which one is right for me?”
Or maybe you’ve been purchasing products for years and haven’t been able to figure out why you are still unhappy with the appearance of your skin or makeup.
Well to solve this problem, you need to know your skin type. The last thing I want you to do is continue wasting precious time and money on products that aren’t going to work well with your skin or address the issues you’re having.
So here lies the most important question and one you are probably asking yourself,
What is my skin type?
Below is a list of characteristics for each skin type and ways to help you manage it. You can read through each list and choose the one that best describes your skin.
-Skin feels tight/ less elastic
-Fine lines and wrinkles more visible and appear earlier in age
-Flaking skin or rough patches
-Skin itches and peels when scratched.
-Pores are small/ invisible
Tips For Managing Dry Skin:
-Always moisturize before makeup application and before going to bed.
-Exfoliate regularly to help manage dry skin patches and remove flaking skin.
-Use hydrating skincare and under-eye products at night to minimize fine lines and wrinkles
-Use a hydrating primer under foundation to add extra moisture to skin and prevent foundation from clinging onto dry patches
– Enlarged pores on forehead and all-around nose area
– Skin looks greasy/ shiny by afternoon
– Prone to breakouts and blackheads
– Makeup/ oil is left behind on phone screen after use
-Skin feels “wet” throughout day as oils surface
Tips For Managing Oily Skin
-Use an oil-free moisturizer
-Use a mattifying primer under makeup to help control oils throughout the day
-Always set foundation with a face powder for added oil control
-Set makeup with a mattifying setting spray
-Avoid dewy foundations as they are often not long-lasting on oily skin
-Dab a drying lotion onto breakouts at night to reduce the appearance and size of pimples
-Enlarged pores around nose area
-Occasional dry or rough patches
– Oily/greasy appearance in “t zone”
-Occasional breakouts/ blackheads
Tips For Managing Combination Skin
–Use a pore filling primer in t-zone to mask enlarged pores and a hydrating primer along perimeter of face
–Use products labeled as “non-comedogenic” as they are less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.
Because people with combination skin have both dry and oily characteristic, they may require more products than most to address every issue.
-Pores clog easily
-Skin is easily irritated by fragrance-heavy products
-Frequent itchy skin
-Skin reddens and burns easily
Tips For Managing Sensitive Skin
-Use a gentle exfoliator to avoid skin irritation
-Use fragrance-free skincare and makeup products
-Mask redness with a green tinted blemish controlling primer
-No visible signs of oily/ greasy skin throughout the day
– No pronounced dry patches or tightness to skin
– Most foundations wear well on skin
If you have normal skin, you may be thinking they’re in the clear since there are no obvious skin concerns to address. Although you have no oil to control and no apparent dry patches to tend to, here are some things you can do to make your skin even better.
Tips For Managing Normal Skin
-Go for an anti-aging primer for an added skin care boost
-Use glow drops under foundation to add radiance to your makeup
No matter what your skin type is, everyone should be following these steps to keep skin healthy
Always wear a sunscreen
Purchase a moisturizer with sunscreen in it such as this philosophy hope in a jar
Sunscreen is essential to blocking out harmful sun rays which can lead to earlier signs of aging, skin spots, and skin cancer.
Always wash your face before going to bed
Sleeping in makeup can irritate skin and cause breakouts. If you often forget to wash your makeup off, place a pack of makeup removing wipes, such as these Neutrogena wipes on your nightstand for a quick and easy cleanse.
These wipes are also great to keep in your gym bag to remove sweat after workouts.
Focus on skincare
I am a firm believer that you can never be too young to start a skin care regiment. Well, I suppose you can, but if you are reading this you are probably good to go.
Use an eye cream under and around eyes to keep skin hydrated and prevent fine lines from forming. This is often the first place on your face that you will show age so let’s try and prevent this.
I use this Bobbi Brown eye cream and I really feel like it works wonders. It is a little pricey, but a little goes such a long way so I feel like it is definitely worth the investment.