Acne prone skin can be hard to manage. If you're not using the right moisturizer, it will be oily and prone to blackheads. In winter, the wrong moisturizer will cause your skin to dry out and become flaky and even more acne prone, especially if you have combination skin.
Even oily skin needs moisturizer to stay healthy, especially in winter when cold air and artificial heating can cause it to dry out even more.
When you choose skin care products, it's not about your skin color or ethnicity, but rather about your skin type, which might be:
- normal to combination
- dry to mature
- or sensitive.
About Skin Tone
Although skin type (instead of tone) determines the type of product you should choose, there are some things to keep in mind regarding lighter or darker complexions.
Skin tones ranging from olive to ebony (usually seen in Latina, Asian and African-American women) have a thicker dermis, which usually requires richer formulations. This skin type usually has a higher melanin content, which makes it more susceptible to dark spots, and African-American skin is prone to keloids, so you should avoid picking at acne.
Caucasian women who have light skin tones ranging between porcelain and golden have thinner skin, which is more prone to dryness. They also freckle, burn and show the signs of ageing more easily. Anti-aging treatments and sunscreen is very important.
The basic steps of skincare are crucial for everyone, and should include cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting.
Let's take a look at the best types of moisturizer for your skin tone:
Normal/Combination Skin: Choose a product that is formulated to handle both the oily t-zone and the dry patches. It should be gentle and not too heavy or too drying. Try Elizabeth Arden's Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion (Combination Skin) or Visible Difference Skin Balancing Night Cream.
Oily Skin: It is still important to moisturize, but the trick is in finding the right formulation. Oil-free products are the best, and be sure to avoid harsh products that strips the essential moisture from your skin. Try Clinique's Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF 20 (Combination Oily to Oily).
Dry or Mature Skin: Cream cleansers are best for dry skin. Avoid soap by all means. Remember that it craves extra moisture and it may even be sensitive. Try Clinique's Repairwear Lift Firming Night Cream, or Weleda's Skin Food For Dry And Rough Skin.
Sensitive Skin: If your skin is sensitive, you should give it extra TLC. There are many gentle formulations that are made especially with your sensitive skin in mind. Choose a fragrance free option and don't use too many products, that will alleviate reactions. Bioelements has an amazing product, Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer that is just beautiful.
Eco-Friendly Skin: Every skin type can benefit from products with fewer ingredients and chemicals that may irritate your skin. When buying this type of product, it is less about the skin type, and more about the product. Two great ranges that come to mind, include OKAY's 100% pure range and Decleor's Hydra Floral Anti-pollution Natural Beauty Collection.
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