First things first, I'm not a skincare professional, I'm just a regular girl who has been obsessed with skincare since I started reading Teen Vogue when I was 12 years old. Today I am sharing with you a very basic, very broad, skin guide to help you achieve all your skincare dreams. All faces are beautiful, no matter how oily, dry, or pimply. Having a skincare routine that will work for you is a way to increase your self-care, and elevate your self-esteem. Putting your best face forward is an awesome way to start living your best, most confident life.
First things first, get to know your skin and whats going on with it. An easy way is to simply take a quiz. Lots of companies offer skincare quizzes with the hope that you'll buy their expensive products, but you can take the quiz, get your results, and exit out of the window without buying anything.
The three basic skincare situations are oily, dry, and acne-prone. Redness, uneven skin tone, and dark spots are some other common situations, but we'll only touch on them a little.
Your skin might be dry, or oily and acne prone, or any combination of the three along with other common situations. Finding a good routine starts with knowing what your skin's situation is so you can choose products that will help your unique skin situation.
When choosing your products banish the belief that the more money you're spending, the better the product will be. This definitely isn't true, and unless you have extremely sensitive skin, or allergies to things that may be in certain products, a face wash from the drug store will work just as well as one from a fancy, very expensive store.
For oily skin I'd recommend starting with an oil free face wash. If you don't have acne your options for a face wash are pretty much endless. As long as the bottle says, 'oil-free' you can call it good. Clean and Clear, Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Cetaphil all have oil free daily cleansers, and can be found at target. The second step for oily skin is to get a face toner. This is where those other skin problems can come into play. There are a billion toners out there. Some reduce redness, some even out skin tone, some hydrate, and some reduce acne. Toners are good for oily skin, and mattifying toners can be a big help to reduce oiliness, and can also work as a remedy for other skin situations. Neutrogena has a basic daily facial toner if you're just looking for a stand alone toner as well. People with oily skin can also invest in oil blotting sheets or a good face powder, and Formula 10.0.6 has a mattifying moisturizer, also available at Target.
For dry skin its just all about hydration. Simple is a great brand for sensitive skin, and they also make hydrating face washes. Aveeno and Neutrogena also carry hydrating daily face washes. For dry skin, its probably best to only wash your face once a day, to reduce drying it out further by over washing. Micellar water is another great product for dry skin, because it can remove makeup and some dirt, but not dry out your skin. But above all, for dry skin, a good moisturizer is so important. This is the one product you should spend some more cash on, because moisturizers tend to be more expensive, and for dry skin they can make all the difference. A good night cream will deliver even more hydration than a regular daily moisturizer. Face mists should also become your best friend. Plant Apothecary has a great organic face mist that hydrates and tones skin, and is available at Target for 10$. Mario Badescu also has face mists, available at Ulta for a bit more if you're willing to splurge.
Typically, acne prone skin is never alone. Most often your skin will also be oily, but some people have both acne and dry skin. With acne, I'd personally stay away from salicylic acid, and instead seek out a benzoyl peroxide wash. For me, benzoyl peroxide is all that will work, so if you've had acne that just won't go away, try benzoyl peroxide. Neutrogena's Rapid Clear acne face wash and toner have been a total life saver. Natural remedies like tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar work similar to salicylic acid to stop acne. When buying acne products what really matters is the active ingredient written on the back of the bottle. Look at the percentage, because thats what really matters. If your salicylic acid treatment isn't working for you, and you don't wanna switch to benzoyl peroxide, try changing up the percentage of the active ingredient for something stronger, or something lower if your face is getting irritated. To fight acne, its important to have both a face wash, and a toner with an active ingredient that will fight against acne. Salicylic acne moisturizers are available, but not super necesarry. If you have dry skin, make sure you get a really good moisturizer to pair up with your acne products. Acne products, especially benzoyl perozide, are known to dry out skin. So if you already have dry skin, prepare for things to get even drier. Oily skin can be battled with an acne toner, or a mattifying moisturizer. With all acne medications, be sure to keep the face wash and toner away from your eyes. Other helpful tips for acne are to make exfoliating a part of your routine, and eat healthy foods. When choosing an exfoliator, go with St. Ives. They're natural, and some washes even include salicylic acid in them. The synthetic beads in some exfoliators are causing problems in the environment, so do your part to help and use a natural alternative instead.
Having 'bad' skin can seem like the end of the world. As a girl whose struggled with acne since the 6th grade, I've felt the shame that society puts on people with skin problems. I remember when a youtuber I looked up to released a video where she was sobbing on her bed, telling audiences how for the past couple of months she had shut herself in her apartment because of her acne, and when she proceeded to give us an up close view of her skin, I saw acne that looked exactly like mine. It made me question if I had any right to be confident in my skin if this girl who I looked up to was willing to shut herself away from the rest of the world for having skin like mine. Thankfully, I knew better than to believe that I wasn't worthy of feeling beautiful because of the way my skin looked. No matter what your skin looks like, everyone should feel confident and happy. For me, skin care has become less about trying to solve a problem in the hopes that I can be happy, and more about doing something for myself, every morning and every evening, to make me feel better. I hope this guide helped you to create a skin care regimen that works for your skin type, and helps you become the best, and most confident version of yourself.
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