Not all products are good for our skin!
Our skin has its own needs and we should use the right products to protect it!
After the great success and interest in Ask me Why – Episode 4 “How to make my own beauty routine”, I decided to write another article – as simple to understand as possible – about which ingredients should be in the products you choose, depending on your skin type.
But before you start reading this article, it is good to get some advice on how to make your own beauty routine!
So, first of all identify the skin type you have and then decide on what products – or even better – what ingredients you need for each step of your daily routine.
- Oil-based products (specially designed for dry skin)
- Antioxidant face oil
- Moisturizing serum (squalene and niacinamide and hyaluronic acid)
- Nourishing moisturizer for the day
- Rich night cream (look for ingredients like shea butter, peptides, hyaluronic acid and rose)
- Corrective face mask
- Mild exfoliating with acids *
- Too many active ingredients! (The key is to look for mild active ingredients and keep it simple). It is important to have a careful balance of active, soothing and nourishing products to properly nourish and protect your skin. Avoid more active ingredients such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid.
- Very fragrant products, as they can cause irritation, flaking and redness.
- Alcohol-based products, such as toners, as they can dehydrate your skin incredibly. Pay also attention to your sunscreen; it should not contain alcohol!
- A cleaner based on AHA *
- Water-based antioxidant serum
- Light moisturizer
- Natural exfoliating (two to three times a week)
- Salicylic acid treatment for spots, if we have.
- A liquid exfoliator is preferable.
- A variety of face masks – it is what I show you many times in my Instagram stories! You can, for example, put a mask of clay or salicylic acid on the T zone and on the other areas a more moisturizing mask with hyaluronic acid.
- Beeswax, lanolin and other very oily ingredients that do not help oily or mixed skin at all
- Astringents that clean the surface of the skin and dry it such as propolis (unless used only on the T zone).
- Soaps – they are a big trap, because although we feel that they remove the oil from the T zone, the truth is that they dry the rest of the skin.
- Cleanser usually gel that may contain AHA *
- BHA * serum that can reduce oiliness
- Clay-based face mask for oily skin
- Niacinamide products
- Salicylic acid treatment for spots
- Heavy products, such as rich night creams and face oils
- Cleansing milk
- Beware of products with many astringent because they have the opposite effect and our skin produces even more sebum.
Acne prone skin
- An acid-based cleanser (with ingredients such as salicylic, glycolic or lactic acid)
- Ingredients such as niacinamide, a powerful antioxidant, zinc which is an anti-inflammatory, immune metal and helps speed healing.
- A serum with vitamin B5 and / or hyaluronic acid as it moisturizes the skin, while reducing flare-ups and redness of the skin
- Moisturizing cream and sunscreen without oil
- Face mask based on green clay, propolis or carbon
- Strong retinoids (vitamin A)
- Synthetic fragrances, perfumes and essential oils, which will irritate an acne prone skin
- Ingredients such as coconut oil, lanolin, avocado oil and beeswax.
- A gentle cleanser – based on oil that will provide extra nourishment and hydration
- A mild serum (look for ingredients such as vitamin K, niacinamide, cocoa butter or squalane)
- Mild AHA * such as lactic acid or fruit-based amino acids
- A soothing moisturizer for the day and a rich, moisturizing night cream for skin rejuvenation at night
Sensitivity can be aggravated by improper use of active or harsh skin care products, so be careful when using the following:
- Strong AHA * such as glycolic acid
- Anything scented!
- Retinol in periods of hypersensitivity
- Give it time! Changes on our face need patience and at least 28 days (as much as the renewal of the cells) to be seen and to understand if they suit us or not.
- If you get to use more products and do not know the order, then the simplest and almost always correct way is from the thinnest to the thickest. This has to do with the molecular weights of the products that indicate the depth of penetration into your skin.
- Use products with AHA at least once a week, if you want a nice gradual exfoliation. It is important to exfoliate in order to have a more radiant skin but be careful not to reach an “over-exfoliation” point. This will destroy the outer layer of the skin! Choose AHA products such as glycolic, mandelic or lactic acid. If you are “new” to acids, start by using glycolic acid cream once a week and gradually work your way up to three to five times a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is.
- Go for moisturizers that offer long-lasting hydration! You can’t achieve a smoother and softer skin if it is not properly hydrated, so it is important to always apply moisturizer in the last step of skin treatment, both day and night.
- Do not put your fingers in jars as bacteria are spread and contaminate the product. Fasten the caps well!
* Fine letters that we all need to know!
- AHA (Alpha Hydroxy-acids) They do not dissolve in fats and make superficial exfoliation so they are ideal for fighting wrinkles and lifesaving because they allow the skin to breathe. In this category are glycolic and lactic acid.
- BHA (Beta Hydroxy-acids) dissolve in fatty substances and can penetrate deep into your skin. In this category is salicylic acid.
I look forward to your comments! And of course, to share with me the results!
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