Since we have dedicated this year to Self Care & decided to make ourselves a priority, we still need to concentrate on Optimal skin health. This can be achieved once you learn what type of skin you have and tailor your products to your specific skin type. What works amazingly for one person may not work for you, because we all have different skin and therefore have different needs. Your skin care routine is very personal, so it’s best to focus less on how many products you have and more on which products are right for your skin. Whether your skin is oily, dry or in between. Its easy to get your perfect skincare if you know your skin type?
Do you see large pores when you look in the mirror? Do you have shine on your face most times of day regardless of the weather – not just on your T-zone, but on your cheeks too? These are common issues for oily skin types.
This is the most common skin type, part oily and part dry. The T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) is oily most of the day, with occasional clogging, while the cheeks feel dry. The oily parts of the face may contain blackheads or blemishes while the perimeter of the face is usually clear.
If you have very small pores, feel your skin tighten immediately after cleansing, and are prone to fine lines, then you most likely have dry skin.
Please note – you can have sensitive skin in addition to any of the above skin types, often accompanied by redness and/or irritation caused by certain ingredients or heat. If you have sensitive skin you’ll want to pay close attention to your products and keep a record of what causes any adverse reactions. If you are not sure, consult a Dermatologist or an Aesthetician. Too often we buy products that sit on the shelf because we really do not know how to use them effectively. I am a reformed product junkie and have thrown out some of my retirement dollars in the trash, because I was too lazy or the products expired. Here is a list from Hello Glow.
Much is being said lately about the Korean Skincare 10 step formula and many women are buying into these products. Those who have used them successfully have claims that the products work, but they can be hard to find and shipping costs can run rampant. I have decided to take the key parts of the formula and make my own substitutions with products that are readily available. The Essence/Serums are the heart of the Korean skincare routine, packed with concentrated hydrating, anti-aging, complexion-enhancing ingredients and they are the hardest to duplicate, so I am still doing my research on these items. What I have found so far, are Face Masks at the drugstore and TJMaxx that contain some rejuvenating & purifying ingredients. A brand I like is from New Zealand called Lanocreme.
I’m not concentrating on 10 steps, because 4 have worked for me in the past, but like everything else as we get older our skin & body is more demanding and we seem to need more & more. Everything takes trial & error these days and once you decide how many steps will work effectively for your needs just focus on those. Just in case you are interested, I have been watching some K beauty videos to see how the products are used. If you’re already a frequent online shopper on Amazon and Sephora, you’ll be happy to know that both carry Korean skincare products. But, if you want to see some reviews you should check out Peach & Lily and Soko Glam, where you may get discounts. Are you currently using any Korean products? If so, please tell us about them.