I don’t know many people who fall into this fabled “normal skin” category in skincare. It seems to me that everyone has a specific skin type that’s problematic in some way or another. That being said, I do, however, believe that many skin problems can be corrected, or at the very least improved, with a few simple lifestyle changes.
If you’re constantly dabbing your face with tissues or worried about your face reflecting light in sun, then it’s probably safe to classify your skin as oily. Sure, this skin type can seem impossible, but it’s not all that bad. Oils in your skin keep it hydrated and supple, meaning you’re likely to develop less wrinkles overtime than someone with dry skin.
While you have less wrinkles to look forward to in the future, now, you have acne, black heads, and breakouts to deal with. To help with oil reduction, use a gentle cleanser that removes bacteria, dirt and makeup without stripping your face of its natural oils. Using a natural astringent like Witch Hazel will help to ease oil production without over drying your face. Choose oil-free products, if you want to apply sunscreens or moisturizers. However, with oily skin these products aren’t all that necessary. To control oil throughout the day, carry blotting papers with you to occasionally dab your t-zone or splash water on your face and pat dry with a paper towel. Oily skin’s worst enemies are hands and hair, so use some restraint, and keep your hands far away and your hair pinned back.
Dry or Sensitive Skin
Dry skin can seem like a dream to someone with oily skin, but this skin type has its own share of inconveniences. Dryness can create flaking, cracking and red patches that are not only unsightly, but also quite painful. Dry skin can become agitated by certain factors like the weather, air conditioning, cosmetics, diet, sun exposure, pollution and even dust. Certain medications have common side effects that include skin dryness.
To combat dry skin, you can do something as simple as drinking more water. Keeping your skin hydrated will encourage healthier skin and normal oil production. Taking vitamin E and fish oil supplements daily can also encourage hydration. Use an oil-based cleanser so as not to dry out your skin any further and remember to rinse with warm water. Avoid using any potentially aggravating such as products that exfoliate. Astringents can often irritate sensitive skin, but Witch Hazel is very gentle and can help to reduce redness. Moisturize your face morning and evening to prevent flaking. You can even use a natural moisturizer like olive oil if you’re weary of chemical irritation. Another treatment is create calming masks using honey or aloe vera. Like I mentioned earlier, dry skin is more prone to developing wrinkles, so it’s important to refrain from tugging on your face. Skin dryness means you have less elasticity as compared to someone with oily skin, so stretching the skin will be more likely to cause fine lines.