As the seasons begin to change, you may notice that your skin starts to change aswell. This is the time to re-evaluate the products you’re currently using and consider switching things up a bit.
What you first need to understand is that your SKIN TYPE isn’t changing; it’s simply a SKIN CONDITION your dealing with. For example, you may feel drier in colder months, oilier in the warm months and experience breakouts intermittently over the course of the year. These are skin conditions and can be easily dealt with when you first understand your skin type.
Oily/Acne Skin: Occasional to frequent breakouts, congested skin and papules, pustules and comedones. Pores are enlarged & visible. You’re likely to have oily shine all over the face and within 1-3 hrs of cleansing.
Combination Skin: Oiliness is usually contained to the T-zone. Pores are visible in the T-zone. You may have
occasional breakouts and skin congestion in this area. Other areas of the face can be normal to dry. Oily shine can be seen within 4-6 hrs of cleansing.
Dry Skin: Skin may feel tight and itchy. Flakes of skin are usually visible but pores are not. Breakouts are rare. Congestion may only be confined to the nose if at all.
Normal Skin: Breakouts are very rare and the skin’s surface is even and smooth. There’s typically not a denotation of either dryness or oiliness.
Here are some typical skin conditions and how to deal with them:
Dehydrated & Dull Skin:
Add a hydrating serum to your routine. Look for ones that contain Hyaluronic Acid. It’s not an acid at all but is one of the most hydrating ingredients you can use on your skin. It holds 1000x’s its weight in water!
Use products that will dissolve excess sebum (salicylic acid) and oxygenating/antibacterial products to kill acne-causing bacteria. Be cautious though as these types of products can dry out the skin. Use an oil-free moisturizer. My best suggestion for those who have acne would be to seek the help of an acne expert. These professionals have specific training in how to successfully get your skin clear.
Dry Flakey Skin: Use a moisturizing exfoliant such as lactic acid to get rid of visible flakey skin and then follow up with an emollient moisturizer.
Red, Sensitive Skin: Use gentle products designed to soothe and calm. Make a homemade mask using colloidal oatmeal and milk (or distilled water). Use 1-2x’s per week followed by a moisturizer.
All skin types should avoid using hot water to wash the face because it can cause excessive dryness. Use tepid water only and be gentle. The goal to maintaining healthy skin is keeping it balanced no matter what condition your skin is facing.
-Kelley (a.k.a. The Mineral Makeup Coach)