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Skincare Tips Series.

Getting Started, know your skin type.

Part 4 of my skincare tips is covering dry skin.

It has been a few weeks now since my last blog in this series, along with wedding season preparation and then Corona Virus putting the world on hold, life go a little in the way.  I’m now back on it today though carrying on with my bridal skincare tips series and I will follow on from the last blog regarding skin type and getting to know your own.  So, I first bring you……dry skin.  The bane of a lot of peoples lives, so here are a few tips to help figure out which bracket you fall into and how to treat it.

Bridal makeup tipsDry skin is caused by an under production of natural oil (sebum).  There is a common misconception that drinking more water can help with dry skin, but this isn’t the case at all.  DRY or DEHYDRATED skin, yes there is a difference!  Dry skin is a skin TYPE where Dehydrated skin is a CONDITION.

How can you tell the difference between the two?

Characteristics of dry skin-

  • Dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes.
  • Lacks elasticity and can be flaky
  • Visible lines and wrinkles
  • Small pores
  • Tightness and itching
  • Common in older women
  • Maybe harder to apply makeup

Potential causes of dry skin can be weather condition, colder air and lower humidity levels affect the skin.  Central heating can also be a big factor through the winter months as can air conditioning throughout the summer.  Another factor is products.  Harsh detergents and chemicals can cause dry skin conditions.  This can eventually lead to other problems like sensitivity, which I will cover in the next post.

Characteristics of dehydrated skin-

  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Darker circles under the eye
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shadows around the face (especially under the eyes and around the nose)
  • Increased incidence or appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Dehydrated skin does not have enough water.  Dehydration is usually caused by many external factors, but the most common are, the weather, environment, diet and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin. Read more

SKINCARE FOR OILY SKIN

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Getting to know your Skin Type.

So, it’s blog three, this is covering skincare for oily skin.  Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands make too much sebum.  Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that hydrates and protects the skin.  However, when overproduction of sebum occurs, the skin can become oily, pores get clogged and breakouts can develop.

CHARACTERISTICS OF OILY SKIN…oily skin

  • The face is shiny and usually appears greasy later in the day.
  • Makeup doesn’t stay put and seems to “slide” off.
  • The oilier areas of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne.
  • Pores are visible and are enlarged, especially on the nose, chin and forehead.

Products that you can use to help combat this overproduction –

                    Use my skincare tips for oily skins here to help deal with excess oil and                                 get back your glowing skin- minus the oil slick.

Cleansing-

Use a water-based cleanser.  Dirt, excess sebum and impurities can build up and clog the pores overnight, so cleansing is essential for oily skin.  Cleanse morning and evening (use a double cleanse for the evening to first remove makeup and then to deep clean the skin).

Exfoliation-

This is key for this skin type.  Oily skin is especially prone to dead skin cell build-up, blackheads and clogged pores.  Environmental damage can also cause the surface of the skin to become dull, rough, uneven and can worsen the appearance of fine lines.  To help prevent clogged pores and rough skin, it’s important that you exfoliate regularly (x1-x2 weekly) with a gentle exfoliant.  Chemical exfoliants -such as AHA’s and BHA- are great to boost cell turnover to help lighten dark spots and add radiance to dull-looking skin, whilst physical exfoliants help to refine skin texture.

Toners-

Toners for oily skin will essentially do the same thing as toners for dry skin.  They should get rid of residual dirt and makeup, close pores and prepare the skin for moisturiser.  A good toner designed for oily skin will address oiliness and shine on the skin, without drying out the skin.  Look out for a toner that refines the skin’s texture and minimises the look of pores, while at the same time maintains the moisture balance of the skin.

Target treatments-

Try targeted treatments for oily skin too.  Serums/essences/facial oils.  Use this step to tackle whatever skin concerns you have in a targeted way.  If it feels like your skin needs hydration use a hydrating serum or facial oil.  If you feel you need something to tackle fine lines, then use a serum designed for ageing skin.  My advice is to stick to watery, lightweight treatments like gels, that absorbs easily into the skin and don’t leave a residue.  Note: – Facial oils designed for oily skin, CAN help by counteracting sebum production and effectively correcting overproduction.

Moisturiser-

yes oily skin needs hydration too!  Stick to emulsions or gel-type moisturisers.  Richer creams are more likely to clog your pores and make the skin look shinier.  If you have sensitive or irritated skin, look for moisturisers with calming and soothing properties to alleviate irritations.

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