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If your skin is breaking out, feeling dry or just not looking as youthful as you’d like these days, your skin care products may have something to do with it. No matter how well a cleanser, moisturizer or even a face mask may have worked for you in the past, if your skin has been experiencing any new skin care concerns, then you may want to revamp your everyday skin care essentials to match your new set of needs. Here, look at some common skin care concerns and determine if you are in fact in need of a switch or two when it comes to the skin care products that you are using.
If your skin is dry and dull: When your skin is dry, it can be uncomfortable and appear flaky and lackluster. You may be in need of a new set of skin care products if your current skin care essentials are stripping your skin of the little natural moisture it has. You may also need to look to moisturizing skin care products that surge your skin with and hold onto that added moisture.
Swap drying toners and foaming cleansers for: Cream cleansers and micellar water. Cleansing your skin with gel-based or foaming cleansers and removing makeup with toners that contain alcohol can exacerbate skin dryness. Instead of these moisture-stripping formulas, consider looking for nourishing ways to cleanse your skin and remove makeup. Both cream cleansers and micellar water formulas can help your skin achieve that clean feel you desire, while providing your dry skin hydration at the same time.
Switch out a mechanical scrub for: A gentle chemical exfoliator. When dead skin cells pile up on your skin’s surface, your dry skin can appear dull and lackluster. Using a mechanical exfoliating scrub can be harsh on dry skin, leaving you with a complexion that may appear uneven, flaky and dry. Instead, try a pre-soaked glycolic acid peel pad which will gently dissolve away dead cells without being abrasive on your skin.
Swap an oil purifying face mask for: An illuminating face mask formula. Face masks and clay masks can help hydrate your skin, but not if the skin care product you choose is formulated to cleanse and purify your skin of excess oil. If you have dry skin, it most likely doesn’t have enough oil to spare and the face mask could end up drying out your skin even more. So, look for rich and creamy face mask formulas that will illuminate your complexion and hydrate dry skin.
Switch out your lightweight lotion for: A rich moisturizer and facial oil. A daytime or nighttime moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid with help your skin hold onto added moisture for longer periods of time compared to some lightweight lotions. Additionally, facial oil can offer another layer of hydration that can nourish parched, dry skin.
If your skin is shiny and has excess oil: When your skin experiences more oil you may find that your complexion appears shiny and that your skin is more prone to breakout and develop blemishes. Your skin could have excess oil for a variety of reasons, so consider the weather, your stress levels and a few other factors while also taking a look at the skin care products you are currently using.
Swap a creamy cleanser and nourishing facial towelettes for: A gel-based cleanser and non-drying toner. If your skin is oily, prep it with a non-drying toner before washing your face with a foaming or gel-based cleanser. Cream cleansers or facial wipes may not be able to dissolve away enough oil in order to leave you with that fresh face feeling.
Switch out your gentle chemical exfoliator for: A mechanical scrub. Chemical exfoliating options can be well-suited for any skin type, but if you’re not satisfied, consider trying a mechanical scrub that can gently refine buildup on your skin’s surface, otherwise if left alone, that build up could contribute to shine, breakouts and blemishes.
Swap hydrating face mask formulas for: A mattifying face mask. Even oily skin needs hydration, but if you’re looking to mattify shine, a purifying face mask formula may be a better option compared to a hydrating one. Look for face masks that can help absorb excess oil, so that your skin can feel fresh for longer periods of time.
Switch out heavy day and night creams for: Lightweight serums and lotions. Some rich moisturizers and creams can mix with oil and other surface buildup, which can clog your pores and lead to some breakouts and blemishes. So look for lightweight serums and lotions instead that won’t weigh as heavy on your oily skin.
Address your skin care concerns by matching them with the right skin care essentials. Try to be flexible with your skin care products so that you can give your dry or oily skin what it needs when it needs it most.