As I said before, each skin type has its own needs. That’s why your routine should really be adapted to you. I personally have a combination skin. You can see my morning skincare routine here !
First, read my guide to know which skin type is yours.
10 basic tips for everyone
- Drink enough water
- Eat healthy
- Never wear makeup to bed
- Wear sunscreen
- Do not smoke
- Wash your hands before touching your face
- Clean your phone’s screen often
- Change pillowcase each week
- Do not touch your pimples
- Clean your makeup brushes weekly
The most important thing for a dry skin is moisture. First of all, you should keep the natural oils produced by your body. In order to do it, you should avoid using harsh soaps/cleanser/scrubs. I would recommend using a mild, soothing cleanser like Herbalife Skin Aloe Cleanser (you can find it here). Also, avoid taking very hot and long baths or showers.
You can remove dead cells and skin particles by using scrubs. It is a good idea to have a smoother skin but remember to be very gentle. Use a mild scrub and don’t do it more than 1-2 times per week. Remember to use a clean towel to dry your face ; and always pat it dry : do not rub !
Dry air can also cause dry skin. Using a humidifier could be a solution for a better skin.
You should never skip on moisturizer ; night and day ! You can use a richer product at night. Moisturizing masks and oil serums can also be a good help.
Just because you have a normal skin type doesn’t mean you should not take care of it.
Cleanse your face once or twice a day (I personally prefer cleansing at night to wash all makeup residues). A toner is a good product to prepare your skin for creams and serums.
You should use a moisturizing cream or serumday and night and a special cream for the eye area. You can use moisturizing and purifying masks and scrubs weekly.
Never go to bed without taking your makeup off. Always be gentle when you use scrubs, use clean towels and don’t rub when you dry your face : always pat dry.
Usually the best solution for combination skin is to divide your face by types and use different products for each area. For example, if your T-zone is oily and your cheeks are very dry, you should use one product on the T-zone and one on the cheeks. If the difference is not too big, you might just consider using the same all over your face. I have combination skin but normal cheeks so I use products for normal to oily skin in general.
Toner is going to be your best friend because it restores your skin’s pH. It’s a nice way to try to balance your skin type. Use it after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Combination skins are prone to blackheads on the T-Zone and dryness on the cheeks. That’s why scrubs are going to be your allies as well. They will clean your face deeper, removing all impurities like blackheads but also removing dry skin and dead cells. Always be gentle when you use them, though. You can also find an exfoliating cleanser like mine, so you can gently scrub your face daily and still respect it.
Dividing your face when you use masks can be a great idea. You can use a purifying mask (like the Herbalife Mint Clay Mask that I love) on your T-zone and simultaneously a moisturizing and/or soothing mask on your cheeks (I am still looking for THE One so if you have any recommendations !).
The key point of taking care of oily skins is sebum. If you have oily skin, it means your face produces more sebum than a normal skin type person. To achieve a better skin, you have to cleanse it no more than twice a day. It sounds natural to want to wash your face so that the oil goes away, but when you do that your skin produces even more sebum, resulting in an even more oily skin. But it is still important to do it to avoid impurities being trapped in your pores and therefore avoid pimples and blackheads.
As I said before, do not skip on moisturizer ! Your face can be oily and dehydrated so you need to moisturize it night and day like any other skin type. Just pick a lighter cream.
Sometimes, oily skin is caused by an unhealthy diet. Try to drink more water, avoid soda and fat/junk food. You might see a difference. Sometimes it’s only linked to genetics and hormones, in which case you cannot really do anything.
Try to use oil-free and non-comedogen products and cosmetics as well. And do nottouch your pimples ! They would heal slower and it might “contaminate” other parts of your face.
Using purifying face masks (like this one) can be a great way to cleanyour face deeper and also reduce sebum. Don’t over-use them though, otherwise you skin will become irritated.