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Find The Best Moisturizer

Moisturizer is an essential part of skin care but it’s also tough to navigate — each skin type has specific needs. Your skin most likely falls into one of the following categories; normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination. Accordingly, you need to cater to your skin’s needs with ingredients that produce optimal results. If you’re unsure what moisturizer works best for your skin type, we’ve created a handy guide. Just remember no matter what you do, always moisturize your face. Not following this important step in your skin care regimen could reduce your skin’s appearance and who wants that!  .

Normal Skin

How do you know if you have normal skin?
Your skin texture is even and does not have oiliness or flakiness.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Normal skin is balanced and usually free from breakouts. Maintain your skin’s balance by choosing a moisturizer that is neither too thick nor too slippery. A refreshing gel cream with antioxidants is a good option for you. Antioxidants can help strengthen your skin’s protective barrier to shield you from pollution and other environmental factors. It will also lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated and feeling supple.

Oily Skin

How do you know if you have oily skin?
Your pores are enlarged and you tend to develop shine on your face not long after you finish cleansing. You are more prone to blemishes in your T-zone area and make up tends to dissolve off your skin after a few hours.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need moisturizer but that isn’t true. It’s important to add moisture to oily skin particularly after cleansing to prevent it from getting dried out. We recommend a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. Also consider using a moisturizer with oil-control so that your skin will be ready for makeup afterward.

Dry Skin

How do you know if you have dry skin?
Your skin can feel tight and it often features irritated or flaky sections.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
As your skin has a tendency to flake it’s important to cleanse off dead skin cells first and then apply moisturizer to restore and hydrate it. The product richest in consistency isn’t necessarily the best product. Instead try to look out for the right ingredients. Look for a moisturizer with ceramides or essential oils. They will help your dry skin look supple and hydrated.

Combination Skin

How do you know if you have combination skin?
Your T-zone (forehead, chin and nose) tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. Your cheeks however are dry and can feel tight.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
There are differing opinions on how to treat the T-zone. Some people say to treat these differing areas on your face as if they were separate entities. For your T-zone, moisturize it with oil-free moisturizer or apply an oil-control cream. Then you could apply a nourishing moisturizer to your dry cheeks and outer regions of your face. If you would prefer to just use one product, you can also use a moisturizer for combination skin which can soothe and hydrate and could work for both regions on your face.

Sensitive Skin

How do you know if you have sensitive skin?
Your skin is highly reactive to products and you are likely to experience skin irritations.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Use a gentle moisturizer and steer clear of any products with scent, dyes or parabens. When you find a moisturizer that works for your skin try to stick with it. This can help soothe your skin and help you avoid future breakouts.

Hopefully after reading this article you have figured out your skin type and how you can best moisturize it. Especially now in the colder months of the year it’s essential that you protect and hydrate your skin no matter your skin type.

The Sun Affect Skin Types Differently

The sun plays a huge role in the health of our skin. It can determine how quickly our skin ages, can cause dark spots and in certain cases can even skin cancer. There are benefits and drawbacks to the sun. It can help our bodies produce Vitamin D, which is a crucial vitamin to our health, but it can also cause long-term skin damage. Today we’re looking at the different ways the sun can impact our skin by looking at how it affects different skin tones and skin types.

How Skin Color Reacts in the Sun

Dark skin

Dark skin has certain advantages in the sun as there is more melanin present in this skin type. This melanin prevents skin from developing sunburn or skin cancer as quickly as fairer skin types might. However the increased level of protection does not mean that people with olive, brown or black skin should avoid putting on SPF. Darker skin types can also get skin cancer and are often diagnosed too late, unlike those with fairer skin. Also darker skin is more likely to have acne scarring and dark spots because it produces more melanin.

Fair Skin

Fairer skin is more susceptible to sun damage and is more likely to burn in the sun. Fair skin has a shorter time span of self-protection in the sun. If you have very fair skin, moles on your skin, or a history of melanoma in your family you need to be extremely careful when in the sun.

Whether your skin is dark or fair you should always protect your skin with broad spectrum SPF every single day, rain or shine. It’s also crucial to check your skin for abnormalities such as unusually shaped moles or unhealed sores, something most people fail to do. A study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology showed that while most people suspect they may have sun damage they fail to self-inspect or seek professional help: “Despite the majority of people surveyed (58 percent) who believe they are at risk for sun damage, half of them have never checked their own skin or had a medical professional check their skin for sun-damage related skin conditions.”

How Different Skin Types are affected by the Sun

Oily Skin

Oily skin is naturally more resistant to sun than other skin. The extra oil acts as an extra layer of protection against the sun’s rays. Your skin is less likely to burn than other skin types and in fact may tan quicker. Just don’t forget to apply a non-comedogenic and lightweight SPF so as to not clog your pores. Since your skin is oily, clogged pores can result in blackheads or breakouts if the oil becomes trapped. Also make sure to wear at least SPF 15 to protect your skin from sun exposure.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can react adversely to sun exposure. In severe cases itching and rashes can occur on sensitive skin. This is more likely to happen on skin that is more sensitive because you are using products formulated with retinoids or AHAs and if you are taking certain medications. The best way to safeguard sensitive skin is by using SPF but be mindful of the type you apply. “For people with extremely sensitive skin (or people who had certain procedures done such as chemical peels),

Dry Skin

Sun exposure can further dry out this skin type because it may decrease moisture and essential oils from skin’s surface. Dry skin can appear exceptionally parched in appearance, look flaky and feel tight to the touch after being exposed to the sun. You can protect dry skin by moisturizing and protecting it with SPF. Kill two birds with one stone by using a product that is hydrating and protects you from the sun.

Overnight Mas For Great Skin

Overnight Masks, also known as sleeping creams, may be fairly new to the skin care market but they are worth the try. This trend has made it stateside from Korea and if you want to wake up with glowing skin, this product is great to have in your arsenal. If you’re not sure what exactly overnight masks or sleeping creams do and if one might be right for your skin, keep reading for the 4-1-1.

What are sleeping creams or overnight masks?
Sleeping creams or overnight masks are typically a more nourishing and thicker version of a daily moisturizer. They should be applied as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine. As the name suggests, they work their magic at night while you’re asleep in bed.

What are the active ingredients in them?
There are a large variety of products out there with varying ingredients to benefit your skin. Garnier offers a version of the product which contains lavender oil and hyaluronic and hydroxy acids. These ingredients can replenish your skin and the scent is nature’s ultimate relaxer.

Other ingredients you may find in overnight masks can include antioxidants such as Vitamin C or retinoids. yaAlso popular are essential oils that bring out your skin’s brightness and acids like hyaluronic or glycolic that are moisturizing.

What type of skin responds best to sleeping creams?
Sleeping creams are ideal for people with normal to dry skin as they are intensely hydrating. If your skin is oily or you have combination skin that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a sleeping cream, you’ll just have to look around a little more for one that’s formulated for your skin type. Some work really well to give your skin hydration as well as unclog your skin’s pores so that you might wake up to fewer blemishes.

Do I apply a overnight mask alone or after moisturizing?
You can do either, just use them as directed! If your skin is on the oilier side we recommend applying the overnight mask on its own. If you can use some extra nourishment for your skin apply it on top of a light moisturizer, the mask will add hydration and act as a seal on top of the product. You can also layer over a serum or an oil depending on your skin’s needs.

How often should you apply an overnight mask?
This really depends on your skin type. If you have extremely dry skin you can put one on daily, particularly in winter months if you’re around central heating mixed with freezing air outside and your skin has become flaky. If your skin is normal or combination every other day or a few times a week can benefit skin. For oily type skin try to find a sleeping cream that will regulate oil production. It’s best to use once or twice a week as directed.

Should you wear a sleeping mask on a plane?
Absolutely! When you’re flying you will be subjected to very dry air while sitting in an airplane cabin. This removes moisture from your skin extremely fast. If possible you should try to remove your make-up once you board the plane so that your skin can breathe and then hydrate your skin as much as possible. A sleeping mask will give your skin essential moisture while also protecting your skin’s barrier. You will arrive at your destination with hydrated and luminous looking skin.

What results can you expect?
Overnight masks provide a good  level of moisture to your skin. When you wake up your skin will look radiant. Your skin will likely look plumper and will feel super soft. If you have blemishes the correct overnight mask can help reduce pimples and the appearance of large pores. Just make sure to pick the right overnight mask for your skin type to wake up gorgeous every day!

So are you in love with overnight masks yet after reading this? This product is truly revolutionary, don’t sleep on the incredible benefits it can have for your skin.