Everyone loves the idea of having perfect skin. Flaunting flawless skin may seem impossible, but what if it’s not as difficult as you may think. Maybe all you’ve needed this whole time was a bit of guidance from your friends at Nourishing Biologicals.
Yes, skin care is important for reasons like glowing skin and less noticeable wrinkles, but it’s also essential for your overall health. Your skin should always be a priority.
Let’s talk about the skincare essentials and all the products you need.
Determine Your Skin’s Needs
We know how overwhelming it can be to step into a beauty store. You’re on the hunt for skincare products when you barely even know what you’re looking for sometimes.
All the labels look the same with different variations of “If you want flawless skin.” So, how do you know which ones to choose? Well, let’s start by understanding your skin well.
Before You go to The Store
Before you walk out of the door to forgo your skincare treasure hunt, Nourishing Biologicals wants to give a few helpful tips to prep your skin for your skin care haul.
Analyze Your Skin
You won’t know which products to buy unless you know your skin type. Different products serve different purposes. One product might work great for your bestie but cause a massive breakout for you.
While the bottles are usually labeled pretty clearly, we know things can get confusing. For example, If you’ve found yourself googling what non-comedogenic means, you’re not the only one.
Try and figure out if you have oily or dry skin. Yes, you can go to a dermatologist for this answer or take an online quiz; but we have a few at-home tricks to help you achieve your desired results.
Test #1 – Watch and Wait
Start by washing your face with your daily cleanser, then gently pat dry. Now, kick your feet up and wait 30 minutes. Once the timer has passed, analyze your skin closely.
- If your skin appears shiny, then you have oily skin.
- If your skin is dry and flaky, you have dry skin.
- If only certain parts of your face are oily (your T-zone), you likely have combination skin.
- If your skin feels a-okay, moisturized and soft, not overly oily, then you have normal skin.
Test #2 -- Blotting Sheet
While we think the first test is totally effective, we wanted to give some options.
Like the last test, wash your face with your daily cleanser. Don’t moisturize or put any other products on your skin. Let your skin rest for 30 minutes after patting dry.
Take a tissue and blot the sheet on your skin. Next, examine the sheet; the oil patterns will tell you your skin type.
Like the last test, if it’s very oily, you have oily skin, bone dry means dry skin, oily in some places means combination skin, and if you see minimal oil, you have normal skin.
If You Have Oily Skin…
As stated before, different skin types require different products. We plan to walk you through which products you need depending on your skin type. If, after the test, you’ve found you have oily skin, then this is the section for you. Here are a few skincare essentials to consider
Considering your skin may have hyperactive glands causing excess oil production, you want to steer clear of any oil-based cleansers.
Yes, they will ensure your skin is extra moisturized. However, you can expect it to clog your pores which can cause unwanted breakouts.
Exfoliation should only be done two-three times a week. So, while an oil-free cleanser is perfect for day-to-day use, you should still have an exfoliator you use a few times weekly.
We suggest exfoliating at night, then following this with a good moisturizer. If you completely strip your skin of its natural oils, that will cause the glands to send a message to the rest of your body to make even more oil.
Believe it or not, the best way to keep your oily skin at bay is by ensuring it is well moisturized.
After you cleanse your face, you should use your toner; it works great to remove any excess dirt or bacteria your cleanser might have missed. Opt for a toner with witch hazel. Witch hazel can help remove excess sebum while also hydrating your skin.
If You Have Dry Skin…
Dry skin can not only be a headache to deal with during the colder months, and it can actually be uncomfortable! If you’re tired of having dry, flaky skin, here are some products that might help boost your skin care routine.
Your daily cleanser should be labeled “hydrating” or have ingredients like lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils like avocado and jojoba. We suggest the Miracular Hydrating Cleanser.
Applying serum to your skin every day may alleviate any pain or discomfort your dry skin causes. Not to mention,The Miracular Face Serum that hydrates, plumps, and visibly reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles and dullness for healthier-looking skin.
Sunscreen Made For Dry Skin
Everyone knows how harshly the sun can dry out your skin. Its harsh UV-rays can cause serious long-term damage. You must be applying sunscreen daily, no matter your skin type, especially if you have dry skin.
You can expect most moisturizers to have at least 15 SPF, but that just won’t be enough to protect your skin if you’re in the sun for an extended period.
Be sure to apply sunscreen on top of any other products you apply to your skin.
It’s hard to beat a homemade face mask that only costs you a few items from your pantry. When you’re prone to dry skin, you must nourish your skin, whether it be with products you buy or something you make at home.
Avocado is a popular healthy snack, but it can also work wonders on your skin. Avocados are jam-packed with nourishing oil that will help moisturize your skin. If you’re opting towards the homemade route, here’s a face mask recipe we suggest. The ingredients are quite simple but are natural moisturizers.
To make this mask:
- Start by mashing up the avocado, then adding carrots, honey, and egg.
- Mix everything, then apply to your skin.
- Let it sit for 20 - 30 minutes, or however long you plan to unwind for.
Once you rinse it off, you’ll be left with softer, smoother, and radiant skin.
If You Have Combination Skin…
Combining skin can seem impossible. And honestly, it’s not always going to be easy when you’re trying to find the best possible products. Here are a few of our tips to help keep your combination skin under control.
If you don’t have one already, pick up a daily sulfate-free cleanser to help remove makeup, dirt, excess oil, and impurities. The Miracular Hydrating Cleanser is formulated with a combination of natural extracts and soothing botanicals that work together to gently clean skin and boost the skin barrier.
Using antioxidants on any skin type is beneficial. They are great for combination skin types considering they are very nourishing and provide a layer of protection.
It is always a good idea to apply sunscreen whenever you apply an antioxidant or serum to your face.
The main benefit of salicylic acid is that it removes dead skin excess and reduces the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads. If your combination skin leans more towards the oily side, salicylic acid may help significantly.
The product is usually only used once a day. However, this will depend on the individual’s skincare needs. Be sure to give your skin a patch test first.
Say Bye-Bye to Breakouts
Now that you have all your skincare essentials, breakouts should eventually be a thing of the past. However, it won’t happen overnight. Healthy and clear skin takes time with proper patience and a regular routine.
At Nourishing Biologicals, we emphasize that skincare is all about consistency. Some products may not serve you well, and others may be life-changing.
Our biggest tip of the day is to be aware of the ingredients in any skincare product. You wouldn’t be the first person unknowingly using the wrong skin care products, and you probably won’t be the last.