Building a new skincare routine can be overwhelming, and there’s often the urge to jump right in and replace all of your items with something new. However, slow and steady wins the race. Introducing items one at a time and giving your skin up to two weeks to see how it reacts is the safest way to make sure you don’t end up with an allergic reaction or a break out. (Take it from me, I did NOT follow this advice and had a terrible reaction to one of the items I tried but because I’d introduced 6 new things, I had to stop all of them and start again!)
But the first thing you need to do before you even start thinking about your first purchase is to determine what problem you’re trying to solve. What’s the issue with your skin that you want to help – are you too greasy during the day? Is your skin parched like the desert? Are you starting to get fine lines you want to stop in their tracks? Knowing what it is that you want to fix will help you narrow in on the items that will help you the most instead of buying random skincare that may or may not suit your needs.
Next up is figuring out your skin type. Most beauty products are focused on skin type, so knowing if a deep moisturizing cream vs. a water gel lotion works best for your skin type will save you lots of money in the long run. (That’s not to say you probably won’t need to experiment! I love heavy creams for my dry skin, but one of my surprise favorites was Dr.Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer.)
So what are the different skin types?
- Normal skin is just that. It’s not too oily, not too dry. It has a healthy balance of moisture, relatively small pores and infrequent blemishes. It’s the “ideal” skin for most folks.
- Oily skin produces excess sebum and can become greasy or shiny during the day. Often oily skin can be prone to acne or blackheads more easily than other types.
- Dry skin lacks water, feels tight and is often red, easily irritated, and over sensitive. Dry skin can also over produce oil to compensate, making the situation worse.
- Dehydrated skin lacks oil, and can be rough and flaky. A lot of people who think they have dry skin are actually just dehydrated.
- Combination skin is usually a mix of dry/dehydrated and oily. The T-zone is typically oily while the cheeks are dry.
So now you have the first step in your routine done. Just remember that your skin type may change during different phases of your life and what may work for you now, may not work the same way if you go from dry/dehydrated to normal, for example!
Next up we’ll talk about where to start with your first Asian Beauty Routine so you don’t get overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices out there!
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