Skin Care for Your Face: According to Your Skin Type
Skin care should be designed to fit your type of skin. Some people are lucky enough to have normal skin, but most of us are not that lucky. Your teen and young-adult years are a time when your oil glands tend to be overproductive. There are great skin-care products on the market today; I wish we had had them when I was a teen.
Type of Skin What to Do For Your Face Care
Dry Skin: You tend to have dry, tight, flaky skin due to underproductive oil glands. For some people, this means less acne.
PLAN: Wash your face once or twice a day with a mild cleanser (nothing that calls itself "soap," but "cleansing" or "beauty bar"). Soaps have too much detergent in them for your skin. Use a sensitive-skin bar or sensitive-skin face wash. Follow this with an oil-free moisturizer. If it has a sunscreen, better yet, but do that in the morning.
Oily Skin: Your oil glands are working overtime. Your skin is shiny and your pores tend to get clogged, causing blackheads, whiteheads and zits.
PLAN: Wash your face twice a day with a medicated cleanser. The gels seem to work better. Neutrogena Acne Wash is great for this. Then use a toner or witch hazel. A good product is Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Controlling Astringent. Try the inexpensive witch hazel first, but it may dry out your skin. For acne use: 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide lotion (the generic brands work fine). If it dries your skin, take some days off from using it. Don't use the 5 percent or 10 percent benzoyl peroxide.
Morning facial care
In the morning you should clean your face with luke-warm water and a creamy cleanser or purifying gel wash. Avoid bar soap because this strips the natural moisturizing factors from the skin, leaving it feeling very tight and dry. Do not rub the skin dry. Instead, blot it gently with a towel. Your morning facial care can be done in the shower or at the sink. Next, you should tone the skin on the face. Toning the skin helps remove any residual cleanser or make-up that may have been left behind.
A toner also helps restore the natural pH level of the skin, leaves your skin clean, clear and ready to be hydrated. Next, apply a moisturizer. This should be specialized to your skin type. A moisturizer leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother. It also helps smooth away fine lines and dryness. A sunscreen can be applied on top of the moisturizer. Next, apply your make-up (if you choose to wear make-up). Your foundation should match your skin tone. Never use a darker foundation than your skin tone; it should look natural.
Evening facial care
The evening starts like the morning. First, you should clean your face with luke-warm water and a creamy cleanser or purifying gel wash. These skin cleansers will remove your make-up at the same time you wash your face. A toner should then be applied. Any trace of make-up remaining will be removed (the easiest way of applying a toner is to put it on a cotton pad). Now, while your face is still wet, you should exfoliate.
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Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells, which cause the face to look dull. The build up of dead cells can also contribute to blockage of the pores causing acne. Also this build up of dead cells will not let the products you are using penetrate the skin and work to their full capacity. Exfoliating will brighten the skin and give it a more healthy glow. Massage gently and rinse well. This can be done every night or 1-2 times a week all depending on the type of exfoliant. Finally, apply a moisturizer to your face, which is specified for your skin type. A firming eye cream should also be used around the eye area.
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