Skin Care Overview: An Ultimate Guide to Keep Glowing
Our skin, our looks, speaks first, loudly, before we actually start talking to somebody. It speaks a lot of things like, how is my self-caring attitude, hygiene concerns, even personality.
It is quite natural not to be confident enough when you are constantly trying to hide something from others. It is not comfortable either, and at some point of time, “tiring”.
And so, somewhere deep inside us, we strongly wish to have a problem-free skin that will remain intact forever (and therefore no need to put on makeup every time for any hiding purpose!).
Is it achievable? Can it actually happen?
Absolutely, why not?
If you are putting your hundred percent effort to anything (but the effort must be in the correct way), I bet you will achieve it, not miraculously, but with time, and a little patience.
Here we have made a little effort to read your mind, take out those questions that continuously bother you, and tried to solve them.
Scroll down and see whether they match yours!
How to Determine Your Skin Type
You may know your skin type. But here we have some easy steps through which you will get confirmed about it. You must be sure before you dive in your skincare routine.
Basically, we consider three main types: oily, dry, normal. But the other types that fall in this category are combination, acne-prone and sensitive. Generally, acne-prone comes under oily skin. But some people having dry skin also experience it. And the oily, dry and normal all can be sensitive. So, these next three categories too need separate attention.
So finally, total six types of skin we need to consider.
Here are the steps to identify it:
Remove Makeup or Sunscreen
To know your actual skin type, let it get back to its original form. The bare skin without any product applied is the best to know the true nature of your skin. With any makeup remover wipe out all the traces.
Cleanse Your Face
Splash your face with warm water. Take little amount of any gentle face cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feel stretchy. Use your fingertips and gently massage the cleanser in a circular motion. Make sure to cover all the areas of your face. Massage for about 30 seconds and then wash with warm or cool water (avoid hot or cold water). Do not over wash. Otherwise any irritation may occur.
Wait for an Hour
You don’t have to apply any product now on your face. Just wait for an hour to see the results. During this time, keep your fingers away from your face too.
Feel Your Skin After One Hour
After an hour, notice carefully how does your skin feel.
If it feels stretchy and tight, then you have dry skin. If you feel nicely clean, you have oily skin.
Are you feeling both, means, clean in the T-zone (the forehead-nose-chin area) and tight on cheeks? Then it is combination skin.
Are you getting a sudden irritation or rash? Then it can be sensitive skin.
Observe for a Couple of Hours too
You need to observe how your skin is responding further in the next couple of hours.
With the time rolling on, if you feel greasy, it is oily, if stretchy, it’s dry.
If it is reacting to specific products, it is the sign of sensitive skin.
If you don’t feel any of the signs mentioned above, then you have normal skin.
Blotting Paper Test
After the first hour of waiting, take a piece of blotting paper and dab to the different parts of your face.
If you find almost no oil residue, it’s dry.
Dab your T-zone and if you find oil residue, but none while dabbing to the cheeks, then it’s combination.
If oils residues are on cheeks too, you must have oily skin.
See your face closely in the mirror. If flaky patches are there, it is either dry or sensitive.
If it shines on every part of the face, it’s oily, if only T-zone, it’s combination.
The pore size on your skin also tells what type of skin you are having.
Stand close to your mirror. In the case of normal skin, you can see the pores, but they are not large.
Now stand a little far and observe. If still, pores are visible, it’s oily, if not, then it’s dry.
Pinch a Little
Yes, it also indicates your skin type. Pinch lightly. If wrinkles form, it’s dry or sensitive skin. If it feels smooth even after pinching, then it’s oily.
Hope, after following these simple steps, you have already got confirmed what your skin type is. Still if you have any confusion, there is always a way to ask your dermatologist.
P.S.: If you frequently get severe breakouts, or suffer dermatitis, it will always be a safer option to rely on a professional practitioner’s advice.
Based on what your skin type is, you need to choose your skin care routine, as we know, “PRACTICE makes PERFECT”. Consistent practice is a habit, and simply putting yourself in a healthy habit will surely reap the best result for you.
Here we have brought for you an in-depth analysis of different skin types and their needs.
It will help you get a better understanding of your skin type and choose your skincare products according to it.
Those who are dealing with oily skin issues, there is always a bunch of questions popping out in their mind like, what to do and what not, which product is right for me, how to choose, and so on.
It is important to look for these things, otherwise a neglected skin can lead to deeper damage.
It is always wise to nip the problem in bud. Let’s try to find out the solutions for your questions.
Why It Is “Oily”
It is due to the over-activeness of glands in our skin called sebaceous gland. Its purpose is to keep skin hydrated, and for that, it secrets sebum. In normal conditions, besides hydrating, it also cleanses the dead skin cells and other impurities from the pores.
It is when there is a change in hormonal level, due to stress or even for climate, it starts secreting excess sebum. Then the face appears annoyingly shiny.
Not only that, it also locks the dead skin cells and other impurities inside the pores of the skin. If not taken care properly, it turns to pimples and other skin blemishes.
Is Oily Skin Hereditary
Unfortunately yes. But in most other cases, it occurs in phases when there is a change in the level of hormone secretion. It can be puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.
Does Oily Skin too Need a Moisturizer?
Yes. It is because, after washing the skin becomes dry. If it is kept so, it gives a signal to sebaceous glands to secrete more oil so that the skin can retain its natural moisture. In this process, the skin becomes oilier and prone to breakouts.
To prevent these condition, a proper moisturizer is needed to keep the skin hydrated. While choosing a moisturizer for oily skin, you must look for the tags like “non-comedogenic”. A water-based super light moisturizer is what you need.
Can I Control the Oiliness
To control that excess oil is not a big deal. Only a few regular habits can put your skin in a system, and gradually you will see the difference.
Before starting, understand and fix some DOs and DON’Ts in your routine:
Wash Properly on a Regular basis
Keep no doubt in it. Just fix two times to wash your face every day, once in the morning, and the other in the evening. Wet your face with warm water and gently massage with your fingertips in a circular motion. Take your time, and never do it in a hurry.
Start Using a Toner
Though few don’t feel it so important, I have experienced what a perfect toner can do for you.
Just start using your best one, and one day you will thank me!
We have a guide on the benefits of using toner and some picks for you too. Dive in if you like!
No need to explain it again as you already know now exactly why you shouldn’t skip moisturizing. It will reap you more benefits and no harm, for sure.
Use Non-Comedogenic Products
It is a MUST and a MUST! Carefully observe before purchasing if the products are “non-comedogenic” or not.
Even if you don’t have those painful breakouts, you don’t want to add something that clogs the pores, do you? So be careful about it.
Go for Water-Based Beauty Products
This is a good solution and will not clash with your beauty regimen. Water-based products are made just for you to give you the same result in a lighter way. So always keep choosing water-based products instead of oil-based.
And the matte finish is all you want, right?
Let’s recap it in this short video (less than 2 minutes!):
Now let’s repeat the don’ts that you must avoid.
Don’t Use Cleansers Having Alcohol
Alcohol tends to dry up the skin, and that will lead to more oil production. More oil means more clogged pores, and chances of breakout get higher.
So avoid cleansers with alcohol.
Don’t Touch Your Skin So Frequently
Do you always feel to touch your face every now and then?
If yes, then it’s high time to cut this habit down.
Just stop and think, the whole day, what are the things you have touched.
Were they very neat and clean? You touch those things and then touch your face.
This is not at all pampering your face, but those thousand bacteria in your hand that causes inflammation. So, avoid it, consciously.
Don’t Leave the Makeup as It Is Before Sleeping
Do you sometimes skip makeup removing before going to bed? If yes, then change this practice without a second thought. Don’t let it rest on your skin the whole night.
Positive Side of Having Oily Skin
Though oily skin attracts several unpleasant conditions, it too has some goodness in it.
A negative condition can never be negative altogether. The bright side of possessing oily skin is “LESS” wrinkles, means, you can keep your signs of aging at bay for a longer time.
Just a little care will do a great job, and your skin will thank you!
Do Fried Foods Cause Break out? Break the Myth
Nope. There is no connection between fried foods and acne. Obviously you need to take care if you have cholesterol, otherwise, it’s just a myth about breakouts.
However, fried foods are not at all healthy, and it’s true, if you are concerned about your skin, you need to put healthy stuff in your diet. So, why to include an extra layer of oil when it’s not doing you any good (other than tingling your taste buds)?
How to Choose the Correct Cleanser that Suits Your Oily Skin the Best
The trick to maintain healthy oily skin is nothing but just balancing between reducing excess oil and retaining skin’s natural moisture. It is very easy to do if you choose the right skincare products that suit you the best.
The first step is cleansing, as no product can give you any nourishing effect if it is not cleaned correctly.
But how can you be sure that the product you are choosing is correct for you?
For this, look for cleansers:
- labelled as “non-comedogenic”
- that doesn’t have alcohol
- ensures deep pore cleansing
- cleansing effectively but doesn’t leave your skin feel tight
- that doesn’t disrupt skin’s pH
- reduces the growth of bacteria and helps heal the existing acne (if any) faster
- prevents future breakouts