Skin Types and Products

There are many masks, moisturizers and home treatments out there for your skin. How to make your skin brighter, how to get younger looking skin, how to get rid of acne. All of those are common questions, but the answers won’t help if you don’t know your skin type. Drugstore products will have two options: oily to combo skin and dry to normal skin. Obviously, there are more than just two skin types. There’s oily and prone to breakouts, oily with a few dry patches, oily and sensitive, normal with occasional breakouts, dry and prone to breakouts, dry and tired, dry as the desert, and just plain old normal perfect skin (you lucky people). (There are also a few skin type quizzes you can take online to know what type of skin you have.)  Now that you know what type of skin you have, you can start buying products that are meant for your skin. Skincare is something you should really invest in. Think about buying a forty dollar foundation and you apply and wonder why it doesn’t look all that great. Makeup starts from the base up, our skin and how well we take care of it. If you’re going to spend the time and money on makeup, you might as well make sure you can make it look the best it can. Invest in a good skin care regimen so you can keep your skin looking good for as long as possible. Universal tips are drink lots of water, never go to sleep with makeup on and always wear SPF.

For every skin type: It is best to have a nighttime skin care regimen and morning skin care regimen. You want to use two different cleansers and moisturizers to prevent your skin from getting used to the product. (Although cleansers are little easier to use twice a day.) Continuous and excessive use of the same facial product can cause your skin to no longer benefit from the product. It won’t harm your skin, but it won’t be doing what it’s supposed to do. Also, a cleanser does not necessarily mean a makeup remover. Some cleanser are not meant to be rubbed over the eyes, I highly suggest getting a specific makeup remover, (wipes, oil, etc.) These are all recommendations, and it’s important to find what works best for you. You may want to switch up some of the daytime and nighttime cleansers, if you want a deeper cleanse at night. It’s all what you love best. Also, I’m not a dermatologist. I just watch excessive amounts of YouTube videos, so I hear about whats good and what isn’t.

Oily–  Skin produces excess oil, including T-zone and all over. Enlarged pores and black heads, pimples and other blemishes. There are many misconceptions about what to do with oily skin. For instance, some think that they don’t need to moisturize because it makes their skin produce even more oil. This is not true. Moisturizing no matter the skin type is most important. Especially after washing your face. Washing your face strips your skin of all moisture. But, if you feel like moisturizer does make your face more oily, it’s probably because of the moisturizer you’re using. You have to make sure the products are a) meant for the face and b) meant for your skin type. If you’re using unscented body lotion for your face, then yes you will feel more oily. If you’re using hand soap as a face soap don’t be surprised when you start breaking out. Using products not meant for your face is going to cause you problems. When looking for face products for oily skin you want to make sure your cleanser is meant for oily skin as well as your moisturizer. If you feel you’re prone to breakouts try a moisturizer that has salicylic acid. This is acne medication and will “dry out” your breakouts and keep them at bay. It works similar to witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. If you’re using this a as nighttime moisturizer find one with a little bit more salicylic acid in it. Day time use it’s best to find one with 0.5%, as it can be a little harsh. There are also oil treatment moisturizers and cleansers. I’ll link you guys to a high end product and low end product, both that I personally recommend. (These are for those on the extreme end of oily skin, if you think you may not fall on that end do not use. They will cause you to dry your skin out because they’re too harsh.) (*NOTE* not all of the products I list will work for you, every skin is different, so please be sure to read a few reviews to make sure it can work.)


High end cleanser- GlamGlow Youthcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser    High end moisturizer- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Low end cleanser- Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash               Low end moisturizer- Cetaphil DermaContol Oil Control Moisturizer


High end cleanser- boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser                                          High end moisturizer- Clinique Youth Surge Night Age Decelerating

Low end cleanser- Biore 4-In-1 Detoxifying Cleanser                                           Low end moisturizer- Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream 

CombinationDry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone. With combo skin a few of the products can overlap  with oily skin. But, the main problem here is finding the balance between products that help prevent oil, but not so much that it causes the rest of your face to dry out. I have combo skin and it has taken me awhile to find products to help maintain this balance. Again with the rules mentioned above, only use products meant for your face and for you skin type. For combo skin I recommend using an exfoliating scrub in the mornings (daytime), this will help with the dry patches you may have. Beware of exfoliating scrubs because they can be super abrasive and end up drying out your skin even more. You still want to find a moisturizer with salicylic acid, again with a lower percentage as this can be extra drying. You can slather on a heavy night cream without worrying about excess oil. Nighttime is the best time to moisturize your skin for the next day.


High end cleanser- Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash                     High end moisturizer– (Same for oily skin)

Low end cleanser- Biore Complexion Clearing Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser                                                                                                                                    Low end moisturizer- Clean & Clear dual action moisturizer


High end cleanser- First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay                                                                                                                                      High end moisturizer- (same for oily skin)

Low end cleanser- Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser                                                        Low end moisturizer- Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream

Normal– Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily, it has no or few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, barely visible pores, a radiant complexion. Pretty much you people have been kissed by an angel. I literally have zero tips for you all except that I am extremely jealous. No, but seriously take care of your amazing skin by getting a solid skin care regimen. I’ll still link you to products that I’ve heard work really well.


High end cleanser- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser                                                            High end moisturizer- Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer

Low end cleanser- Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser              Low end moisturizer- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer 


High end cleanser- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil                              High end moisturizer- boscia Oil-Free Nightly Hydration 

Low end cleanser- Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser                  Low end moisturizer- Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream 

Dry– Can produce almost invisible pores, dull, rough complexion, red patches, less elasticity, more visible lines. This is a really common skin type and there are many ranges. Having dry skin makes the whole process of applying makeup harder. It can make your skin feel tight and look patchy. I really recommend a very gentle exfoliating scrub to get rid of rough patches, however a thick moisturizer should be applied immediately after. You can play around with a lot of facial oils and not have to worry about getting oily. It’s almost always recommend to use an oil, because they do seep down into your skin and last a lot longer. They’re especially great if you don’t like the feeling of a heavy moisturizer. Oils can also help brighten the skin up and reduce the feeling of tightness. They have so many benefits that makes them worth investing in.


High end cleanser- GlamGlow Thirstycleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser    High end moisturizer- Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil 

Low end cleanser- Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub                    Low end moisturizer- Botanics Organic Facial Oil 


High end cleanser- Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-off Formula              High end moisturizer- Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night 

Low end cleanser- Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser                           Low end moisturizer- Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream 

Sensitive– If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products. Can have redness, itching, burning, dryness. This is tricky and really it’s important to see a dermatologist if you find yourself struggling. You guys aren’t really finding products just to make your skin look better, you need your skin to feel better. It’s hard to recommend products for you all, because again each sensitive skin is different. I will try my best to read a few reviews for each product I recommend. You guys may have to invest even more in skin care because these products tend to run very high in price. It’s worth it for your face to feel better and not breakout.


High end cleanser- bosica Purifying Cleansing Gel                                                High end moisturizer- Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream

Low end cleanser- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser                                                        Low end moisturizer- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM  


High end cleanser- L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil                                                  High end moisturizer- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream  

Low end cleanser- Cetaphil Skin Cleanser                                                                  Low end moisturizer- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM 

I hope this helped any of you struggling with your skin! Take care of your skin and show it some love!

x0- Heidi



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