Your skin. It’s your body’s largest organ. When it looks great, your confidence goes through the roof and no problem seems insurmountable. But, when it’s looking less than its best, you sometimes want to hide out under your blanket until the problem goes away. Maybe you’re prone to acne, or maybe your skin seems to produce more oil than the tar sands of Alberta. Whatever the issue may be, it’s important to customize your skincare to meet your specific needs. We’ve come up with some great tips for choosing the right facial for your skin type and keeping your skin radiant.
This skin type is often characterized by tight and flaky skin. You might even find yourself reapplying moisturizers throughout the day just to stay comfortable. For this skin type, a facial that will infuse moisture without irritating the skin is ideal. Select a gentle exfoliant to remove rough and flaky skin and a water-based moisturizer to rehydrate skin. A light oil, such as cranberry seed oil, can provide much needed antioxidants while making the skin soft and supple. Ingredients like honey, chamomile, and aloe have been proven to have a soothing effect and help the skin retain moisture. Steam treatments have also been proven effective at hydrating the skin while opening up pores to release toxins.
Having oily skin is a blessing and a curse. Studies have shown that oily skin ages slower than other types, keeping you looking younger for longer. But anyone with oily skin knows the struggle of the embarrassing shine or finding long-lasting makeup. This oil can also trap dirt, causing blocked pores and pimples.
But, contrary to popular belief, caring for oily skin should not include incessant oil removal! In fact, constantly stripping the skin’s natural oils actually sends its oil production into overdrive, making your skin even oilier. This skin type needs a facial to gently rejuvenate the skin without stripping it dry. Facials that utilize citrus ingredients (for example, orange or lemon oil) and moderate exfoliants are great for this skin type. Salicylic acid, a common ingredient in acne medicine, is also a great ingredient for facials for oily skin as it helps to break down the oil and debris caught in pores. You might also need an extraction to remove the hardened material not dissolved by the salicylic acid. Do not try extractions on your own, as trained estheticians are best equipped to perform extractions without leaving ugly scarring.
Your skin has a tendency to be itchy, irritated, red, or inflamed. In fact, the thought of a facial might horrify you because of the discomfort it might cause. But, you can get the benefits of a facial without extreme negative consequences. Your facial should include gentle, soothing, and organic ingredients that make your skin happy, not angry. If you have sensitive skin, you might also want to avoid facials that include extractions, as these may aggravate any existing skin issues. Similar to dry skin, soothing ingredients like honey, chamomile, and aloe are great for sensitive skin. Be sure to ask the esthetician about the gentle facials on the menu. Also, don’t forget to let him or her know if your skin tends to react poorly to any particular ingredient.
Neither excessively dry, oily, or sensitive, ‘normal’ skin is the easiest to treat. For this skin type, the facial should maintain the skin’s natural balance. Normal skin can withstand more aggressive exfoliation than dry or sensitive skin, but don’t go overboard. Use moisturizers and extractions as needed. You might even want to try an anti-aging facial for an extra glow.
Beverly Goldberg is a freelance writer and skin care enthusiast based in Los Angeles, CA. She loves experimenting with new products and ingredients, and frequently writes reviews about up and coming brands. In her free time, she enjoys gardening.
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