Skincare has reached new heights in the recent years. Having become aware of the fact that there aren’t universal solutions for every skin type and problem, many cosmetics companies have become dedicated to creating products that will help you win your particular battle. What may work for a friend of yours will unlikely work for you, and that’s why it’s so important to be in the know. The first thing you have to do is determine what your skin type is. After that come the skin issues, which are much easier to spot. Once you’ve done that, there is the final step of entering the universe of skincare ingredients and figure out what works best for you. That’s precisely what we’re here to help you with, so stay tuned. Our skin types may be different, but our goals are the same – healthy, radiant and impeccable complexion.
Let’s fix that dry skin
Dry skin is one of the most common skin types, or better yet problems out there. Along with dryness comes the sensitivity, so to treat this type and bring your skin back in spick and span shape, you need to proceed with caution. The first ingredient to look for is definitely hyaluronic acid. This natural sugar found in skin acts as a humectant, drawing water, thus improving your hydration levels. Next in line are ceramides, which are good fats that act like glue that’s holding skin cells together and preventing moisture loss. Finally, never forget about your vitamins. Dry skin highly benefits from vitamin B complex, an ingredient that should enter the skincare hall of fame. It has the ability to soothe irritated skin, help promote collagen production, and brighten uneven complexion and dark spots, and produce the result we all crave – glowing, nourished skin.
Oil, oil everywhere
You might consider oily skin to be a beauty problem, but a shiny complexion is not without benefits. While an excess of oil can lead to breakouts, oil also protects your skin from the signs of aging, so consider yourself lucky for being naturally dewy. However, excess shine and sebum production can be an issue, and there is a way to have the best of both worlds – glow without shine – you just need to know what to look for. Kaolin is custom-made for you. This is one of the strongest clays that helps absorb oil. The next thing to keep your eyes open for is dimethicone, which mimics oils, leaving skin feeling healthy yet dry after use. Avoid petrolatum, because it can do more damage than good as it usually clogs pores. Glycolic acid is next, and it’s absolute magic for oily skin, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. This acid should definitely be one of the key ingredients of your toner. Last but not least is vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, which you can find in such products like Ultraceuticals serums. The reason oily skin loves this ingredient is its ability to absorb sebum.
Some of us have them, all of us dread them – the pesky pores. In order to help you minimize them and keep them out of sight, the first course of action is salicylic acid found in cleansing oils to remove dead skin cells and clogging debris. Next in line is the mighty retinol. This powerful ingredient is something all dermatologists are on board with. This is definitely something you want in your night cream, so while you get your beauty sleep, it does its magic, keeping pores tight, skin firm, and fine lines reduced.
A highly sensitive topic
People battling rosacea have it the hardest because almost every skincare and makeup ingredient irritates their delicate skin. That’s why they need to be extra careful and gentle on their precious face. What this skin type needs to steer clear of are products containing alcohol, menthol, camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, fragrances and propylene glycol. Now that we’ve covered the do’s let’s move on to the must-haves. Zinc is definitely the first in line. This ingredient helps control pityrosporum yeast germs and possible also Demodex mites, both of which may be increased in number in the pores of people with rosacea. Products containing green tea are second, because of their power to soothe and calm the skin, and you should look for this ingredient in moisturizers in particular. Sunscreen is highly important for people with rosacea, but the trick is finding the right one. Mineral sunscreen ingredients are the safest choice as minerals are least likely to aggravate the skin.
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