Skin routines for different skin types

Skin routines for the different skin types

Today is the 2nd post from my Skincare series. Last time we looked at skincare basics and the different skin types. You can view that post here. Today I will be showing you skincare routines suitable for the different skin types. Getting your skincare routine right will not only improve the looks of your skin, but make your makeup apply better and last longer.

Dry Skin

Summary: Dry, itchy patches of skin affecting all parts of the body.

  • Avoid products with chemicals that will dry your skin out
  • Best to use cream cleansers specifically for dry skin. Milky based ones will add moisture to your skin. Do not have hot showers and baths as they will dry your skin out and try not to stay in there longer than 10 minutes.
  • Use gentle body washes and shower gels that are scent free.
  • Moisturising your skin whilst it is slightly damp will help lock in the moisture.
Facial Routine:

Exfoliate: Use a gentle scrub once a week to remove dead skin cells.

Cleansing: use a milk based cleanser and rinse off with warm water. (Gel cleansers dry the skin out)

Moisture: Moisturise with a heavy moisturiser twice a day.

Anti-Aging products: Really important for dryer skin as can age earlier due to dehydration of the skin. At night use a night cream containing Vitamin E to moisturise. This replenishes the skins moisture.

Hydrating Mask: These are perfect for dry skin. Look for masks that contain humectant or emollient.

Makeup Tips:
  • Avoid Matte finishes and opt for creamy products
  • Allow your moisturiser to absorb into skin for a few minutes before applying your foundation
  • Opt for creamy eye shadows.
Oily Skin:

Summary: Oily patches of skin especially on T-Zone (Nose, chin and forehead). Skin looks shiny and pores are enlarged and visible.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Always fully take your makeup off at night to keep pores clean.
  • Only wash your face twice a day, morning and night as it will strip off your natural oils
  • Use blotting papers to absorb excess oil throughout the day
  • If you suffer with acne products with salicylic acid are good
Facial Routine:

Exfoliate: Only Exfoliate once a week to remove old cells. If pores seem blocked steaming face is really good for you.

Cleansing: Light foamy cleansers are best as they break down the skin’s oil. Products containing ingredients such as Salicylic acid, benzoylperoxide and glycolic acid are good for oily skin.

Toner: Use a toner on the oily parts of the face

Moisture: Oily skin must still be moisturised. Choose oil free or water based ones.

Face Masks: Great for oily skin. Opt for a clay or mud based mask. It will open the pores, cleanse and tighten the skin.

Makeup Tips:
  • After moisturising apply a matter primer as this will help keep skin matte throughout the day
  • Use a damp sponge instead of fingers t apply foundation
  • If you have pimples apply a green concealer and a small brush to take redness away
  • After foundation and concealer, use an oil control setting powder
  • Use oil free makeup
  • If you wear a lot of makeup, invest in a good deep pore cleanser to ensure all the makeup gets removed
Skin routines for different skin types
Normal Skin

Summary: No oiliness or dryness and is less prone to acne.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Always use sun cream to avoid premature aging. Minimum SPF15.
  • Wash your face twice a day with a good cleanser.
Facial Routine:

Exfoliate: Use a gentle scrub a few times a week to remove dead skin cells.

Cleansing: Avoid harsh soaps and opt for a mild cleanser.

Toner: Use a gentle toner across your face

Moisture: Moisturise twice a day.

Makeup Tips:
  • Always use light make-up to allow your skin to breath.
  • Always fully remove your make-up in the evening.
Combination Skin

Summary: A blend of dry and oily patches.

  • Use oil free moisturisers and products.
  • Wear sun cream, minimum SPF25.
  • Avoid bars of soap, use a mild gentle cleanser.
  • If you use toner, look for glycerine as it won’t strip your skin.
  • Don’t use a deep pore exfoliator, opt for one with Beta-Hydroxl acid which will gently exfoliate your skin.
  • Avoid leave-in conditioner in your hair as it will block the pores on your forehead and make them oiler.
  • Always remove all make-up each evening.
Facial Routine:

Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells.

Cleansing: Use a mild gel based cleanser as it will cut through excess oil but not de-hydrate the skin on your cheeks.

Hydration: Steaming face will hydrate the skin and clear pores.

Pore Strips: Help target oily areas and loosen black heads. Use for three consecutive days and then once a week.

Moisture: Moisturise during the day with mattifying products that will absorb oil in T-zone but not dry out face. Apply cream generously to drier areas.

Makeup Tips:
  • Look for light non-greasy water based foundations to spread easily and let skin breath.
  • Only put powder on oilier areas.

I hope you found this post helpful and have some tips for your type of skin. There are lots of different types of products suitable for your skin type, both high end and drug store. I particularly like Elemis and Clinique for higher end products. I also like Neutrogena, Superdrug B. Skin care and Simple for cheaper options.

Here are some of my previous skin care posts.

The New Skin Care Routine that has really Boosted my Skin

Elemis Skin Care Review

New Skin Care Products I am Loving!

I hope you enjoyed my post. let me know of any skin care products you love as I am always on the hot for new products.

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