Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
What is your skin trying to tell you? The problems you have with your skin can help you figure out what it needs to look its best.
While everyone needs sunscreen and a gentle face wash, choosing the rest of your routine depends on your skin’s specific concerns. Ahead, learn how to tailor your routine to include the ingredients your skin needs most.
For Mature Skin: Firming, Hydrating Ingredients
Years of stress and sun exposure can make your skin lose its naturally smooth texture. If your skin is starting to look rough or wrinkled, choose products with ingredients like polymers and advanced silicones, which fill and smooth creases immediately, and hyaluronic acid and aloe vera juice, which support your skin’s ability to retain moisture and fend off dryness.
Fortunately, many products include both of these key elements. Beverly Hills MD products are popular among shoppers with skin aging concerns, and BHMD product reviews suggest that customers saw both immediate and sustained improvement in their skin texture.
For Dehydrated Skin: Barrier-Boosting Ingredients
Over the last few years, beauty experts have realized the importance of the “skin barrier,” which describes your skin’s acid mantle. The acid mantle is a thin, almost imperceptible film of natural oils that sits on the top layer of your skin, keeping viruses and bacteria out and water and nutrients in.
Unfortunately, the acids, scrubs, and peels so popular in the skincare market can seriously damage your skin’s moisture barrier, leaving you dehydrated.
No matter what your skin type is, you can suffer from dehydrated skin if you damage your moisture barrier. Dehydrated skin feels tight and dry, and may even be flaky, but often has a layer of oil on top.
It seems like a paradox, but losing your natural oils and moisture makes your skin go into overdrive trying to fix matters. Unfortunately, this means both excess oil and flakiness.
The best way to cure dehydrated skin is by supplementing the compounds found naturally in your skin’s moisture barrier. Look for products that contain squalane, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, and swear off drying products while you let your skin heal.
For Dry Skin: Rich Emollient Ingredients
If your skin produces very little oil, and your pores are small, your skin type is probably dry. Skin types are largely determined by your genes, although your type can change somewhat as you age.
While you might appreciate your dry skin’s resistance to acne, dry skin develops fine lines and wrinkles before oily, acne-prone skin, so it’s important to enhance your normal oil production with thick, rich facial creams.
Dry-skinned beauties will benefit from moisturizers that prominently feature plant oils and butters, such as shea butter, mango butter, evening primrose oil, or argan oil. Apply them over an antioxidant serum that includes grape seed extract, green tea extract, or vitamin C.
Antioxidants will encourage your face to avoid wrinkle formation by fighting off the free radical compounds that prematurely age skin.
For Oily Skin: Soothing Oil Controllers
You might be tempted to treat your oily skin harshly with drying alcohol-based toners and astringent face washes. However, drying and dehydrating your skin only perpetuates the cycle of excessive oil production, since losing your natural oils signals to your skin that it needs to produce more.
It’s important to stay away from thick, pore-clogging moisturizers, but a light, watery lotion will help your skin regulate itself more effectively.
Aloe vera, tea tree oil, and B vitamins like niacinamide are all popular choices for eliminating redness and managing oil production.
Oily skin can tolerate exfoliants better than dry or dehydrated skin, so add a salicylic acid product to keep breakouts in line and make your face look glowing, not greasy.
It’s frustrating when your face doesn’t look its best, but an understanding of the issues that create sagging, wrinkles, flakes, and breakouts, and how to address each one, can be the insight you need to solve your problem skin once and for all.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.