Grooming Essentials For Maintaining A Good Complexion

Different skin types require a different approach to maintaining healthy skin. This does not require a lot of expensive products or a time-consuming ritual.

Basic skin care should include a cleanser to remove oil, sweat, and makeup, and a sunscreen to protect your skin from burning and premature aging.Other products that are used depend on your skin type and special needs.

OILY & ACNE-PRONE SKIN

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you should not use products that contain heavy creams or have oil in them.Use a foaming cleanser, and then a toner that contains salicylic acid.This will help exfoliate in the pores where acne forms.Next, apply a lightweight sunscreen in either a lotion or gel base.If you wear foundation and powder, make sure they are lightweight and oil-free.

At night, remove all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup with your cleanser.Then, apply the acne treatment of your choice.Some good ones are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tretinoin, which is only available by prescription.If your skin gets dry and peels, stop using the product as often, and apply a lightweight moisturizer over the dry parts.

Give your acne-fighting routine time to work before you spend money on new products.Be sure not to pick at your skin, because this can cause scarring.For truly stubborn acne, you'll want to see a dermatologist before scarring appears.

DRY SKIN

With dry skin, you may not want to use a cleanser in the morning, but just splash tepid water on your face.Avoid using hot water, which will further dry out your skin.After cleansing, apply an eye cream and sunscreen in a moisturizing base.Avoid matte, drying foundations and powders that will make your face look lined and chalky.Use a foundation with a cream base, and a powder that has moisturizer added.

At night, cleanse your face again with lukewarm water, but also use cleanser to remove makeup. Dry skin needs a gentle, moisturizing cleanser, so use one that is milky or creamy.If you have extra-dry skin, you may want to use a wipe-off cleanser.If signs of aging are a concern, now is the time to apply an alpha-hydroxy acid, beta-hydroxy acid, or a retinoid.This will help remove the dry layers that keep your skin from looking smooth and moist.As the last step, apply a lotion or cream to soothe and moisturize your skin.

NORMAL SKIN

For normal skin, you can either use a cleanser in the morning, or just splash some lukewarm water on your face.Then, you'll want to use a sunscreen in a lotion base.For foundation and powder, don't go with those that are formulated for oily or dry skins.You want to keep your skin balanced.

At night, cleanse your skin to remove the makeup and impurities.If you want to prevent signs of aging, apply one of the many anti-aging products on the market today.Some of the best ones contain an alpha-hydroxy acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, or a retinoid.For extra benefits, some include vitamins or antioxidants.If you feel the need for a moisturizer, use a lotion that is not greasy.

You don't need to spend a lot of money to have good skin.In fact, you can spend a lot of money on irritating, useless products.Some of the worst ones contain alcohol, menthol, or eucalyptus.These are very irritating to the delicate facial skin.Treat your skin well, and it will look good for years to come.

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