Skincare is one of the most important steps in your makeup routine. You’re probably thinking, “Wait, but skincare isn’t makeup!” And yes, while that’s true, it’s still a vital step in your routine. Having a good skincare routine will ensure that your face is properly taken care of and prepped before putting on makeup.
If you have problems with acne or dry skin, skincare will help eliminate these problems. Piling makeup on top of skin problems can make them worse, meaning you’ll use more makeup trying to cover up the issues.
With properly treated skin, your makeup will glide on with ease, appearing smooth and free of imperfections. However, how do you find the skincare products that are perfect for you?
Get to Know Your Skin Type
The first step in crafting the perfect skincare routine requires you to learn about your skin type and how different products can help you. There are four different types of skin, including:
- Acne-prone or oily skin
- Sensitive skin
- Dry skin
- Combination skin
Acne-prone and oily skin occurs when the skin produces too much oil. To help combat oily skin, skin care products often have oil-limiting or oil-wicking properties in them, to help keep the face from getting too slick.
Sensitive skin is often annoying, as many different products may cause breakouts or other skin issues. Sensitive skin requires products that are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances.
Dry skin requires lots and lots of hydration. Without it, the skin can form dry patches and itchy spots that may makeup appear cakey or heavy.
Combination skin is skin that is oily in the t-zone and dry in the rest of the face. Products that treat combination skin often have a combination of treatment directed at oily skin and treatment directed at dry skin. Some people with combination skin choose to use a variety of products to treat their skin.
Take a Look at Your Lifestyle
Another important step when crafting your skincare routine is your lifestyle. How much time do you have each morning? How willing are you to spend time on your skin in the morning and the evening? If you find yourself to be kind of lazy when it comes to skincare, opt for fewer products. If you like to go in-depth on your skincare, build out a larger routine that targets all of your skin’s issues.
See a Dermatologist
One way to ensure that you get the best skincare routine for your skin is to see a dermatologist. Not only can they recommend products specifically for your skin type (that you can find in stores) but they can also provide prescription-strength medications and topical creams if needed.
Unfortunately, a lot of medications prescribed for acne often have less-than-desirable side effects, so tread lightly when starting a new medication for your skin. You may be better off trying another method.
Take a Quiz Online
There are also a lot of companies out there that offer completely personalized skincare. You can take a quiz through a website that will ask you multiple questions about your skin type, texture, and any acne you may have. Based on this quiz, they will either put together a line of products for you or craft a special product made special for your skin type.
These companies have grown enormously in popularity in recent years as people get more and more into personalized products and personalized skincare. One great option is Proven’s personalized skin care. They’ll tailor a line of products to your specific skin, giving you the best skin care routine possible.
While you can totally put together your own skincare routine, why don’t you have a team of professionals do it for you?