Our Beauty Editor Shares Her Tips For Every Skin Type
The world of skincare isn’t simple for everyone. I get it – there’s a lot of different products to choose from, and even more advice swirling around the internet.
So for all of you skincare beginners, this is my little guide to where to start with your skincare (and a few little tips you should follow for your skin type).
1. Avoid products that dry out or strip the skin
Products or ingredients that strip your skin of its natural oils can actually cause your skin to overproduce oil, which can cause dehydration and worsen oiliness.
2. Gently exfoliate
Oily skin can be directly related to congestion, so gentle exfoliation is essential. I’d recommend using an exfoliant like Murad’s AHA/BHA Cleanser which contains ingredients that’ll help regulate oil production & speed up cell turnover for clearer skin.
3. Don’t avoid moisturisers and hydrating products
Skipping a moisturiser isn’t a solution to oily skin. Oily skin can still be dehydrated. Just stick to lightweight moisturisers and serums to restore moisture.
Cleanser: Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser
Moisturiser: Aspect Sheer Hydration Oil Free Moisturiser
Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup
1. Cater to your zones
You’re dealing with two different skin types on the same face. It’s important to customise your skincare routine to cater to the different zones of your face – not one size fits all with this skin type.
Use techniques like multi-masking. Multi-masking is where you apply a clay mask for example to your oily T-zone and a hydrating mask to the remainder of your face to keep each area balanced.
3. Know Your Skin Prep
Getting your makeup to sit nicely when you have very combination skin is tricky – prepping and finishing your skin correctly is key. I recommend using a mattifying primer and setting powder through the T-zone, and a hydrating primer over dry areas. Determine your foundation finish according to which concern you lean towards the most.
Cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Serum: Hylamide HA Booster
Moisturiser: SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture
Foundation: Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
1. Support the skin
Dry skin can often indicate an impaired barrier (and an inability to retain moisture in the skin). Support the skin’s natural moisture barrier by replenishing it with hydration in the form of creams, serums and oils.
2. Gently exfoliate
To allow the hydrating ingredients in your skincare to reach the deeper layers of the skin, gently exfoliate the skin to encourage cell renewal and clear the skin’s surface of built up dead skin cells.
3. Go Dewy
Add a facial oil and a rich moisturiser to your skin prep routine prior to makeup application to give your dry, dull skin a dewier, healthier-looking finish. Ensure you’re also using a hydrating primer.
Serum: asap super b complex
Moisturiser: Aspect Phytostat 9
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
1. Know Your Irritants
Sensitive skin is unfortunately often a game of trial and error and experimenting with products – familiarise yourself with commonly irritating ingredients and avoid them. You may also notice the same ingredient popping up in products that have irritated your skin.
2. Understand what your skin needs
Sensitive skin can co-exist with other skin types, particularly dry skin. Helps support your skin’s natural barrier which is often impaired with a customised and consistent hydrating routine.
3. Protection is important!
Irritated, barrier-impaired skin is often super sensitive to the sun so above all, make sure you’re wearing SPF daily (I know this is hard for sensitive skin, try physical ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide).
Cleanser: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
Moisturiser: Avène Skin Recovery Cream
Primer: Inika Pure Primer
Foundation: Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation
Some of my must-have products at the moment are Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, Sodashi Enzyme Face Polish and Revlon Professional Nutri Colour Creme.