Skin Care Products to Use

With the wide assortment of creams, lotions, oils, cleansers and moisturizers available, managing your skin care effectively can feel like a full-time job. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated.

By following a few simple tips, you can pamper your skin properly so that it glows with beauty and effervescence. Use this guide to sort out which skin care products you should be using as well as when you should apply them.

Skin Care Depends on Skin Type

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There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to skin care. Everyone’s skin is unique, and you’ll want to bear this in mind as you seek a skin care routine that works for you.

To figure out what your skin needs, you must first determine what type of skin you have. Your skin type probably falls into one of the following categories:

  • Oily skin will contain relatively large pores and often shines with grease especially upon waking up in the morning.
  • Dry skin tends to be fairly rough and will flake more easily than other types of skin.
  • Sensitive skin is easily bruised, injured or otherwise damaged. If your skin frequently stings, burns or itches after you use cosmetics or skin care products, you probably have sensitive skin.
  • Combination skin is somewhere in between these other skins types. It may be dry in some spots such as the chin, but oily in other areas like the forehead. It may also be especially sensitive but only around certain parts of your face and body.
  • Normal skin is actually far less normal than the name would imply. Often referred to as the ideal skin type, this skin type is neither oily nor dry and isn’t overly sensitive to makeup or skin care products.

Testing Your Skin Type

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Hopefully, one of these skin types fits well with your experience of your own skin. But if you’re not sure what skin type you have, you can follow these simple steps to find out:

  1. Wash your face with clean, cold water. Do not apply anything to your face other than water at this time.
  1. Wait an hour or two. Then head to the bathroom and get out a tissue.
  1. Gently blot your forehead with the tissue.
  1. Finally, take a closer look at your skin in a mirror using natural light.

Test Results: What’s Your Skin Type?

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If you find flakes but no grease or oil on your tissue, and you see small pores or scaliness on your skin in the mirror, you likely have dry skin type. You’ll need to use a creamy cleanser or cleansing lotion, a soothing toner, and a strong moisturizer with SPF for this skin type.

If there’s oil on the tissue and enlarged pores in the mirror, there’s a high chance you have oily skin type. You should use a gel based cleanser, a toner or other astringent to balance your skin’s PH levels, and a light moisturizer with SPF. You should also look into zinc oxide sunscreen, antioxidant serum, AHA/BHA serum and retinol serum. Always check for oil-free on the label of your skin care products because the last thing you want to do is feed the fire.

If you find a mix of the symptoms described in the last two scenarios, you probably have combination skin type. You should use a gel based cleanser, a toner to balance the skin, and a light moisturizer with SPF.

If your skin is sensitive, you probably didn’t need to do this test because you will have experienced discomfort when applying makeup or other products to your face in the past. Use gentle cleansers, and avoid skin products that contain alcohol, perfume, soap, or acid. As an alternative, choose skin care products that contain ingredients like oats, chamomile, aloe, and green tea polyphenols. Avoid exfoliating and rubbing your skin more than necessary. Patting is a good substitute for rubbing. Also, rinse your face with warm water whenever you can.

If you didn’t see oil or flakes on the tissue, and didn’t notice any grease or scaliness in the mirror, congratulations! You have normal skin. But you should still use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and combat the effects of aging. Look for serums and other skin care products with antioxidants to optimize your efforts.

Skin Care Daily Schedule

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It’s important to keep a daily skin care routine. This is the best way to consistently maintain healthy, clear skin. Different times of the day call for different treatments; your skin type will play a role in how you set your schedule as well.

Here’s a general overview of an effective daily skin care routine:

  • Upon rising: wash your face and apply a cleanser
  • After a morning shower: first use a cleanser, then apply a toner. After a few minutes pass, rub or pat on some moisturizer. Before leaving a house apply sunscreen if your moisturizer doesn’t have a high SPF.
  • Around noon: Wash your face using a cleanser, then reapply sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF.
  • Late afternoon: Once again reapply sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF.
  • Before bed: Wash your face with water and a cleanser. Apply a toner, wait a few minutes, and then apply moisturizer. This is also when you apply any serums your skin may need to heal, or stave off the effects of aging.

While this overview should give you a sense of how to use skin care products day-to-day, you should make slight adjustments to it based on your skin type.

Skin Care Products: What’s Right For You?

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Now that you know what type of skin care products you need to use and when to use them, it’s time to think about what brands you should consider. There’s so many options out there, it’s hard to know which one to pick.

While a comprehensive guide to every skin care product available is beyond the scope of this article, there’s a few rules of thumb to keep in mind:

  • If you have oily skin, make sure to buy oil-free skin care products. It’s especially important to use an oil-free moisturizer. You should look for cleansing gel that are sulfate-free. And finally, you’ll want to look for an alcohol-free toner that has ingredients like sodium PCA, geranium, and witch hazel.
  • If you have dry skin, look for eye creams with peptides and no-foam/no-lather cleansing lotions.
  • If you have combination skin, look for a lightweight moisturizer. You may switch between cleansing gels and cleansing lotions depending on whether your skin feels dry or oily.
  • Keep an eye out for toners and serums that will help you accomplish the goals you want for your skin.

From the many of options presented in this guide, you should be able to determine your skin type and figure out the right skin care products for you. Congratulations! You’re taking the first step on the way to a healthy long-term care solution for your body’s largest organ: the skin.

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.