Author: Faith Highberg
We all have a love/hate relationship with our skin. Whether you are dealing with breakouts, dry patches, excess oils, enlarged pores, or no problems at all, the one thing we all need to do is take care of our skin. Skincare doesn’t only improve the condition of your skin, it can also improve your internal health while also reducing external problems.
Step 1: Identify your Skin Type
The first step in improving your skin is by identifying your skin type: dry, normal, oily, or combination. Dry skin lacks the oils that retain moisture in the skin, causing a rough texture to the skin, light itchy irritation, flaking of the skin, and tightness of the skin. Normal skin is well-balanced skin, meaning people who have this skin do not have problems with any irritants on their face. However, many people with normal skin tend to have dry skin later on in life if not taken care of in their youth. Oily skin has an overproduction of face oils caused by hormones, genetics, stress, and medication. People with oily skin often deal with overly shiny skin, enlarged pores, and a higher likelihood of developing pimples. Lastly, we have combination skin, the Hannah Montana of dry and oily skin. People with combination skin often have an oily ‘t-zone’, chin, forehead, and nose, that have an overproduction of oil while the cheeks have a normal to dry texture.
Step 2: Find the Right Products
The second step to better skin is by finding products to take care of your skin like protectants, moisturizers, face wash, and more. I have a rotating ten and five-step routine I do every night to help with my skin. Today I will discuss two products that would not only be cheap but be effective for each different skin type. I can relate to both dry and oily skin because I have our best of both worlds skin, combination.
For dry skin, you need to be careful because over exfoliation of your skin can cause added irritation when your skin type needs more of a soft moisturizing routine with a light exfoliation. I recommend Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $12.38 at Walmart, for a nightly and morning moisturizer because it reduces skin’s dryness. This product works great and gives my skin the extra moisture it needs.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water, $7.00 at Ulta, is the next product. This is a face mist that not only can help set makeup but can help moisturize your face. I use this product daily because it gives you an extra layer of moisture after you put on makeup that can be harsh and irritating on your dry skin. I also recommend that people with normal skin use these moisturizing products because age will catch up with you if you don’t moisturize. By no means will these products stop wrinkles but will prevent the inevitable dry skin your skin type will face later on in life.
For oily skin, you should use products that reduce your oils like oil-free face washes and light moisturizers to help put some moisture back into your skin after you wash your face. You should also use an exfoliator once a week to combat clogged pores. I recommend the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, $5.99 at Target because it is great for sensitive skin and cleanses your face without adding excess oil residue that could cause later breakouts.
For combination skin, you should be using both an oil-free cleanser and a high moisturizer. Because the skin is combination, you have to place your products strategically on your face. I like to wash my entire face with an oil-free cleanser and then go in with a heavier moisturizer mainly focused on the cheeks and upper forehead. I then use the excess moisturizer to lightly moisturize my t-zone because she’s a hot mess. For combination skin you should use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, $5.99 at Target, to cleanse your face then go in with Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $12.38 at Walmart.
All these products are amazing and don’t break the bank. Let’s be real though, good products for less mean more, especially when you’re balling on a budget. If these products don’t work for you then don’t worry, I had to try multiple times before I got my routine. Listen to your body and listen to your skin. Do what feels right for yourself.