When I first started getting into makeup, I only had the guidance of my mum, and just started experimenting with different products. Since then, I have found what works best on my skin and what doesn’t. For all of you out there who are in the same position as I was in, I really want to help! I’m in no way saying I am an expert and that these posts will change your life; but what I am saying is, you’re not alone, and I want to make sure you don’t make the silly mistakes I did!
There will be a short series of 4 blog posts, that delve into the different skincare topics. I’m starting off with the basics in this one, and some of the things that I do and don’t do!
For your skin to be good, you must make a change in your lifestyle (where needed). Products won’t be able to do the job alone, although they’ll play a big part. It’s important to consume a lot of vitamins, minerals and keep hydrated. What will also help is; exercise, sleep, less stress and not smoking, drinking or being in the sun for long periods of time.
Why I don’t use skin tonics
Most tonics for combination to oily skin contains alcohol. Alcohol strips the skin of the naturally occurring oils that the skin needs to be healthy. The best toner to use is a splash of cold water, it helps to close pores and improves skin texture. Also, it works on all skin types!
Find your skin type
Before you invest in any type of skincare, it’s important that you know what type of skin you have. I have combination skin, and for a long time I was using products that removed a lot of the oil, but then I found that I had dehydrated skin, but was still producing oils.
- If you have dry skin then it should feel tight after washing, may look dry or flaky, may be sensitive, shows fine lines faster and very small pores.
- If you have normal skin then it should be comfortable feeling, smooth even texture, cheeks are the driest area but not excessively, may have some shine or pores on the nose, forehead or chin.
- If you have combination skin then it should be oily in the T-zone, dry cheeks or spot dehydration, larger pores on nose, forehead and chin.
- If you have oily skin then it should be shiny especially through the T-Zone, large visible pores, frequent breakouts and few signs of aging and fine lines.
Your skin changes
It’s important to remember that throughout the year, your skin will change. Personally, when summer rolls around, if I stay in the sun, my skin becomes very dry and stays like that for a few weeks. Products that suit your skin in the winter, probably won’t in the summer, so make sure you stay on top of it so your skin gains the benefits it needs.
I really hope you found this post useful, and are looking forward to the next 3! Let me know in the comments what type of skin you have and if I’ve helped you realise it!