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Find the Perfect Skin Care Routine for Your Skin Type

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It’s hard to ignore the constant advertisements for new skin care and beauty products claiming to give you perfect, smooth-looking skin. Unfortunately, what works for your friend might not be the best for you! Your skin type is unique, and the products you use have to cater to what your face needs. At our New Jersey spa, we want to help you discover what you should be looking for in a product for your specific skin type!

Skin types

Dry

Dry skin can be characterized by feeling tightness in the skin with visible scaly patches and flaking. Those with dry skin typically have invisible pores and may develop lines and wrinkles earlier in life. The cause of dry skin could be a result of multiple factors. For some, it could be hereditary or could be a result of products causing excessive dryness.

The perfect remedy for dry skin is moisturizer! Moisturizer is good for all skin types. That’s why it’s so important to find the right one for your skin type. In many cases, dry skin is sensitive skin, so gentle products with natural ingredients are the way to go. Dry skin types tend to benefit from creams instead of lotions, because they are slightly thicker and contain oil-based ingredients.

Ingredients you need:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Aloe vera
  • Lactic acid (good for very dry skin)
  • Urea

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Benzoyl peroxide

 

Oily

Oily skin is typically the result of both genetic factors and hormonal changes. Oily skin means that your oil glands produce a higher amount of sebum – the oily substance created to keep the skin soft and hydrated. Oily skin can be characterized by enlarged pores that fill up with sebum oil, resulting in more acne breakouts and blemishes.

Those with oily skin tend to gravitate toward harsher products that dry out the skin, many of these products contain benzoyl peroxide. While this dries out the skin, it is counterproductive to your skin’s health. Ingredients that dry out your skin could trigger a response for your glands to work overtime in producing sebum, resulting in oilier skin.

The best thing for oily skin is exfoliation, because the buildup of oil can cause dead skin cells to become trapped in the pores and lead to more blemishes. Look for gentle exfoliators to use one to two times a week. Even though oily skin may seem overly moisturized, it’s still important to use a moisturizer! Look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t make your skin look or feel overly oily.

Ingredients you need:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Dimethicone (found in moisturizers)
  • Glycolic acid

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Any type of alcohol
  • Sodium lauryl
  • Benzoyl peroxide

 

Combination

As the most common skin type, combination skin can be difficult to identify and treat. It is characterized by dry, flaky patches in certain areas and overly oily places in others. For most with combination skin, the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) tends to be the area where oil lives, leaving the cheeks sometimes dryer. The best way to combat combination skin type is a routine that will be strong enough to exfoliate without irritating the skin.

Those with combination skin have found the most success by sticking to natural ingredients and staying away from those products with harsh chemicals that dry out the skin. Products with fragrances, while tempting to buy, are usually chock full of chemicals that create those fragrances – no good for the skin!

When it comes to moisturizing combination skin, using two different products seems like a hassle, but it’s the best way to keep your skin healthy. It’s difficult to find the right balance between a product that caters to the dryness on your cheeks and the oily area in your T-zone. Find a lighter, oil-free moisturizer for your T-zone and a heavier cream for your dry areas.

Ingredients you need:

  • Witch hazel
  • Lactic acid
  • Jojoba oil

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Any fragrance chemicals
  • Alcohol

 

Finding your perfect skin care routine is going to require some trial and error, but when you find it, you’ll love it. At our New Jersey spa, every skin care procedure comes with a complimentary skin analysis. Using state-of-the-art digital imaging photography, VISIA Complexion Analysis evaluates skin texture, wrinkles, pores, and pigmentation. Quantitative analysis includes comparison of an individual’s skin conditions with those characteristic of the same sex, age, and ethnicity. This will tell you what is going to work best for your skin throughout the treatment and in the future when tracking your skin’s progress. This month, there are many skin care specials that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or just rehydrating your skin throughout the winter! See all the specials and book an appointment today: http://bit.ly/2GmDaPW