You know you need to love the skin you’re in, but over time, it can feel like a constant battle. You may need to try several types of products and skincare routines before you find the one that works for you. Some products may boast of being fast acting, but you’ll still need to be patient. While you will see improvement after a few applications, every product will need a few month’s consistent application for the best overall result (and that’s definitely worth waiting for).
Those with oily skin might be tempted to over wash or go overboard with mattifying products, but stop right there! Those moisture-draining moves do nothing to help your skin’s health in the long run and can cause your glands to kick in oil production over time. Keep your skin in check — and improve its appearance — by washing your face twice a day. Use gentle products formulated specifically for oily skin so you don’t inadvertently stress out your skin.
A serum made with niacinamide is a great product to add to oily skin, thanks to its acne-reducing tendencies. What’s more, you can do away with dry skin, while helping to improve your skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You don’t have to stop there. Add in skincare products that include skin-smoothing salicylic acid or hyaluronic acid, a water-retaining substance already in the body. These substances help your skin calm down, and at the same time, aid in decreasing breakouts and blemishes.
Balanced or not, normal skin still needs the right skincare routine and products to combat aging and everyday stress. Washing your face with a cleanser made for normal skin is a start, but why not consider your other skincare issues, such as texture or wrinkle-resistance? For example, brighten dull skin with products containing vitamin C. Apply your chosen product in the morning, allowing plenty of time for it to fully absorb into your skin before heading out, or you run the risk of sunburn (and causing skin damage).
But don’t stop there. Take a good, hard look at your pores. If your pores resemble something closer to the size of dinner plates than pinheads, consider trying a pore minimizer. A niacinamide serum is a good choice here, too, for maintaining your skin’s balancing act and keeping it feeling (and looking) its best.
With major to minor oil or dryness in different zones in your face, you’ll need to turn to different products to help improve your skin’s overall feel. Of course, you’ll want to choose among cleaners that work with your skin type. You don’t want to dry out or further irritate your skin.
Look to Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 (a natural moisturizer). It works wonders on combination skin and can help tone down those pesky oily areas. Retinol is always a great nighttime move. Retinol’s wrinkle-reducing properties, oil regulation, brightening, and skin tone evening abilities make it a powerful substance in any combo skin product arsenal.
Love the Skin You’re In
Whether you have oily, normal, or combination skin, turn to products made with your skin type in mind. Consider niacinamide to improve your skin tone, vitamin C for brightening, and retinol for wrinkle-reducing properties. No matter what products you choose, adding in a lightweight SPF is always a good idea.