Taking good care of your skin is very important. You can find an endless amount of skincare products. You just have to know which skin type you have so you can choose the best skin care routine.
I’ve let my skin get analyzed at Ici Paris XL by using a device that kan measure my skin type, the amount of SPF my skin needs and there’s a camera that can show you how visible your pores are. I always thought that I had combination skin type, but the analysis showed that my skin is dehydrated, overall dry, in need of high SPF (i’m pale) and I have almost invisible pores.
I’ll sum up the features of different skin types below:
Dry Skin Type You may have almost invisible pores, dull/rough complexion, red patches, your skin is less elastic, more visible lines. Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If it's very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms and legs. Normal Skin Type Not too dry and not too oily. Normal Skin has no or few imperfections, no severe imperfections, barely visible pores, a radiant complexion. Combination Skin Type Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in other, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas. Combination skin can have pores that look larger than normal, blackheads and shiny skin. Oily Skin Type You may have enlarged pores, dull or shiny, thick complexion, blackheads, pimples or other blemishes. Oiliness can change depending upon the time of the year or the weather. Sensitive Skin Type It can show up as redness, itching, burning, dryness. If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what triggers your skin so you can avoid them.
I have a dehydrated skin and I’ve been advised to take care of my skin with products for a dry skin type. I think it’s really important to hydrate your skin, so I usually use products for the normal to dry skin type, but I also use products anti blemishes.
So, what do I use? Just like the 3 step skin care, I also use steps, but with my own products by choice.
Step 1 – removing my make-up (evening)
I always use waterproof mascara and I’ve tried different waterproof make-upremovers. My opinion is that the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is my favorite one. The oil phase effectively removes my waterproof mascara and lipstick. You have to shake vigorously before use ensuring both parts are fully mixed. Apply to a cotton pad and gently cleanse he eye area. No rubbing needed and it’s also suitable for contact lenses wearers.
Step 3 – toner
A toner replenishes and nourishes the skin after removing makeup and cleansing, a step that can significantly, and visibly, help your skin. I use Garnier Essentials Soft Essentials tonic for dry skin. I apply it with a cotton pad.
Step 4 – serum
Once my skin is clean, I apply a serum. I use the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. I only use this specific serum, because it’s one of the best there is and it’s for all ages. Try putting a drop of the serum on one of your hands and then wet both hands. You’ll see the one hand with the serum on it holds much more water on your hand than the other one.
Step 5 – Eyecream
I use an eyecream to hydrate the sensitive skin around my eyes. I don’t have real bags or wrinkles yet, so this is just to prevent all that. To treat any ‘discolorations’ under my eyes, I use the Optim-Eyes from Filorga. This is only available at Ici Paris XL in the Netherlands.
Step 6 – day/night skin care
After a serum and eyecream, I apply my daycream in the morning. In the winter I prefer using a much thicker cream, like the Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. In the summer I prefer a daycream on gel base. That’s when I use Biotherm Aquasource Everplump. This moisturizer is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used on the eye contours. Biotherm Aquasource is so refreshing and smells so good like most of the products of Biotherm do. After applying Aquasource I always have the feeling as if my skin is fully hydrated and it’s definitely softer afterwards.
In the evening I use a nightcream after applying a serum. About two times a week I use the Filorga Sleep & Peel Resurfacing Night Cream. This is a tissue renewal ‘booster’ that intensely smoothes the skin and reveals its radiance. It’s a velvety night cream enriched with a cocktail of 6 hydroxy acids (AHA en BHA) for a perfectly safe peeling effect and action on wrinkles, brown spots and imperfections. Night after night, the complexion becomes brighter, wrinkles fade, pigmentation defects are reduced and skin texture is refined. I use this night cream / peeling for the pigmentation spots on my face due to UVA and/or other influences.
Because this is a peeling, it’s better not to use it everyday, because it makes your skin thinner. That’s why I use another night cream for the other days in the week. I use the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask from The Bodyshop. This is a refreshing overnight facemask to address the first signs of ageing, for skin that feels softer and smoother when you wake up. I use this night cream, because when I wake up, my skin feels replumped, replenished and renewed.
Step 7 – SPF / primer (after day cream)
Not all day creams have SPF. My Clinique Superdefense day cream has SPF 20, but my Biotherm Aquasource day cream has no SPF at all. That’s why I prefer using an extra SPF after applying day skincare. I use the Clinique City Sheer Block SPF 25. This is a sheer, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sunscreen. It has a lightweight formula which helps wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil. It’s perfect alone or as an invisible makeup primer. My makeup stays put longer because of this primer.
Other products – Dry skin
When my skin is showing some dry spots, I use Weleda Skin Food. This is a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects skin with nourishin plant oils and extracts.
For extra hydration for my skin I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. This is a light and comfortable cream/gel, non-oily and hydrates your skin 24h. Clinique describes this products as a day cream which can also be used as a mask. I think it’s a bit similar to the Biotherm Aquasource, only lighter. I don’t think it’s suitable as a day cream, but you can use it as an extra or, of course, as mask.
I regularly use a Japanese product, the Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Premium from Hada Labo Gokujyun. This is a product I’ve been using after a friend’s recommendation. This lotion is not only to hydrate your skin, but also to help keeping it moisturized. This results in a smoother, softer and visible less dull looking skin.
Other products – acne:
When I have pimples, it’s the best thing to leave them alone, but I find that hard to do. Who doesn’t want their pimples to dry out as fast as possible? That’s when I use the Drying Lotion from Mario Badescu. (Sorry, the bottle looks gross, but the pink substance will stick on the top). You dot the pimples with a cotton swab before going to bed. It doesn’t irritate the skin and doesn’t leave your skin dry or sensitive. You can buy this lotion (29ml / €18) in the Netherlands at Cosmania, but it’s also available in the stores of Urban Outfitters, but it’s more expensive there.
Besides the drying lotion, you could also use tea tree oil against acne. Tea tree oil is cheap and you also apply this with a cotton swab, cotton pad or a tissue. Just don’t go sweeping it over your skin, just gently dab it on. It has a strong scent, so it’s not suitable for everyone.
And these were all the steps and products I use! I hope there’s anything in this article that comes in handy for you. Maybe you like to leave a comment and tell me your skin care steps?