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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type
03
Apr

If You Know Your Skin Type You Can Guarantee a Longer Lasting Plump and Smooth Skin

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Skin Type

Everyone wants to have beautiful, flawless skin, but we all face unique challenges in raising our skin to that standard. Sometimes, we struggle with skincare. We spend hundreds of dollars on products that promise to turn back the hands of time and leave us with porcelain smooth, radiant complexions, when in reality, they do little more than provide some moisture. If you want to find skincare that will deliver you real results, you need to be sure that your regimen is targeted toward your skin type.

In truth, there’s no right or wrong skin type. Everything is a balancing act between our skincare and the way our skin reacts to it. Ideally, you’ll want to select skincare that’s targeted to the specific needs of your skin type and make a habit of regularly tending to your skin with these products. If you aren’t already blessed with the perfect skin, you’ll want to give it what it needs to emulate the skin you desire. It’s more than just faking it until you make it – good skincare will leave you with long lasting results that will help you maintain the balance of your skin with continued use.

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How to Start a Skincare Regimen

If you’re interested in taking better care of your skin, you need to start with a plan. One of the most important things to remember when beginning a skincare regimen is that consistency is key to making things work. Skincare products work over time. You won’t use them once and immediately have permanent results. Try to find some time after breakfast and before bed to devote to your skin, and plan to do so every day.

Before beginning a new skincare regimen, you need to make sure you’re getting enough water. A staggering amount of women are dehydrated, and most don’t even know it. If your skin isn’t properly hydrated from the inside out, you aren’t going to see any results from your skincare. What you may think are early signs of aging or areas of visible skin damage may simply be the result of you forgetting to drink enough water.

A major mistake made by many people who are new to skincare is being too quick to discontinue the usage of their products. They see new whiteheads on their faces, believe their skincare is breaking them out, and stop. Depending on your skin type, this may be what’s called a “purging phase.” When you’re new to properly cleaning and moisturizing your face, debris that’s been trapped in your pores may rise to the surface and try to escape. Don’t mistake this for an allergic reaction to your product – these whiteheads are normal, and they’re a positive sign that your skincare is doing exactly what it’s supposed to.

A good skincare regimen is a multi-part routine that incorporates several products used in a specific order for maximum efficiency.

Remove Makeup
Don’t expect your cleanser will be able to remove all of your makeup. Cleanser is designed to lift oils off of the skin, and makeup requires oil to break down. You can’t thoroughly wash your face if your makeup is still on. Oil based or dual-phase makeup removers do the best job at removing makeup, and any residue they leave behind will be washed away during the cleansing process.

Cleanse
Use a soap that’s targeted to your skin type to thoroughly cleanse your face. You can use your hands if you have sensitive skin. Some people use wash cloths, but the advent of the Clarisonic and Olay ProX brushes have made it easier to efficiently cleanse your face. These are wands with replaceable brush tips that are designed to give you a thorough, deep cleanse. Brushes are a little more intense than traditional cleansing methods, and your skin may need to adjust to them if you opt to go that route.

Exfoliate
Depending on your skin type, exfoliating becomes something of a step two and a half. Exfoliating is good for most people to some extent, and how often you couple cleansing and exfoliating depends on your specific needs.

Tone
Toning is often recommended, but not everyone should tone every time they wash their face. People with dry or sensitive skin should probably skip this step altogether. If you have oily or combination skin, toning can dry out the areas of your face that typically produce too much oil. If you find that the toner is too drying on your skin, only use it when you’ve had a high-stress day that’s left a significant buildup of sebum on the surface of your skin.

Treat
This is where serums come in. Once your face is completely clean and free of any kind of buildup or residue, you’ll want to massage a modest amount of a concentrated serum onto your face. Serums are delicate, and you don’t want them to face any obstacles in being absorbed by your skin. The serum you use will generally depend on your skin type and age range.

Moisturize
Moisturizing is one of the most important steps you can take if you’re looking to create a smooth, youthful complexion. In the day time, use a moisturizer with a high SPF to prevent sun damage to the skin. At night, you’ll want a moisturizer that’s a little more intense so it can soak in as you sleep. Moisturizers should always follow serums, because they create a topical barrier on the face that protects the serum as it does its magic.

Determining Your Skin Type

Determining your skin type

NORMAL SKIN

Normal skin is the easiest to point out in a crowd. If you have normal skin, you get neither oily nor dry. In general, you rarely break out or experience any blemishes. You find that most products work well on you, and facial makeup tends to stay intact throughout the average day. In some ways, normal skin is something of a myth – everyone will experience occasional trouble with their skin. If you find that your skin looks and behaves well more often than it gives you issues, you probably have normal skin.

How To Care for Normal Skin

Normal skin is easy. As long as you’re providing regular cleansing and nourishment, your skin should stay in great condition for the long haul. Your regimen should include daily cleansing and moisturizing, with the inclusion of a serum at night. Exfoliate once or twice a week to encourage the development of healthy new skin cells.

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COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin is a mixed bag. This means that different zones of your face react and feel a different way. For many, combination skin will mean that oil accumulates on the forehead and around the nose while the rest of the skin is seemingly fine. For people with more extreme combination skin, this can mean having dry, flaky patches accompanied by areas of high oil concentration. If you find you have a difficult time getting your foundation to look even and it wears off in patches throughout the day, this is a big indicator that you may have combination skin.

How to Care for Combination Skin

Balancing combination skin can sometimes be difficult. You’ll want to gently exfoliate every other day to encourage new cells to turn over sooner. A soap that will remove surface oils without exaggerating any dry areas is crucial for creating smooth complexion. Feeding your skin a serum every night will encourage it to behave as you’d want it to, provided the serum has balancing ingredients.

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OILY SKIN

If you have oily skin, you probably already know. Oily skin is primarily characterized by a slick feeling. Sometimes, the skin will appear shiny throughout the day, causing base makeup to break down faster. Oily skin is most prone to breakouts, because the excess sebum on the surface of the skin can often lead to acne. If your skin is only mildly oily, you may find that you don’t have many problems with your face except for during periods of active motion, such as exercise or housework.

How to Care for Oily Skin

Oily skin needs to be kept as dry as possible, but not so dry that the oily zones become irritated. This can be difficult to do, and it requires a gentle hand. Oily skin is best when exfoliated infrequently – only when acne or blemishes start to appear. Exfoliating will help break down the surface of the skin, causing breakouts to clear sooner. Serums with medicinal herbs, such as eucalyptus, can kill the bacteria responsible for causing pimples.

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DRY SKIN

Some people with dry skin may not be aware of the severity of the issue. You may believe you have normal skin unless you have pronounced dry patches. In general terms, dry skin is skin that is seemingly never thoroughly quenched. Dryness can lead to the appearance of large pores, or an exaggerated depth in the natural lines of the face. Individuals with dry skin may have difficulty applying face makeup, as they find it “cakes” in isolated spots

How to Care for Dry Skin

Dry skin requires a soothing cleanser to break down debris on the surface of the skin. You’ll want to use a gentle exfoliator up to three times a week to remove dry patches that prevent your skin from taking in an adequate amount of moisture. Serums will help soothe your dry skin, nourishing the pores underneath your problem areas.

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SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive skin sometimes occurs on its own, but it’s most frequently found in conjunction with other skin types. Sensitive skin is very reactive. You may find that your skin cannot tolerate most skincare or cosmetic products, and it will exhibit signs of distress. This usually means redness, irritation, or even tenderness to the touch. Sensitive skin sunburns quickly, and is very temperamental with a lot of treatments.

How to Care for Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, you’re constantly walking a fine line. You’ll want to avoid dyes and artificial fragrances, which act as irritants to finicky skin. Your skin is less likely to react to natural products than it is to react to artificial compounds. It’s important to always keep your skin clean, and limit your use of exfoliating products to once or twice a month. Exfoliating is necessary to promote skin health, but you’ll want to be mindful to do it as gently as possible.

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You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Get Beautiful Skin

Don’t be lured in by the impossible promises that high end department store brands try to offer you. More times than not, the ingredients they select are more because of the price they command, rather than the benefits they will provide for your skin. OrganicGOLD has a different philosophy. Using proven skin-healthy ingredients like organic and natural virgin coconut oil, enriched with choice plant-based and fruit-based oils, we formulate our products to do exactly what they’re supposed to – help perfect your skin and help you become your most beautiful self.

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