Skin care can be tough. Finding your skin type, picking a good moisturiser, knowing how often to use a cleanser or a face mask or whether it’s necessary to exfoliate can be a chore. We for one understand the struggle! But don’t be disheartened, we’ve collected a few tips and tricks to help you figure out your next step in your skin care journey and give you the complexion of your dreams… So read on to find out the answers to some of the most commonly asked skin care questions! 

How do I know my skin type?

We know the top three types, oily, dry or combination – but how do you know which one describes your skin the best? 

Oily Skin: If you notice that your skin is pretty shiny and greasy most of the time, that your makeup just won’t stay in place for more than a couple hours or you’re constantly reaching for the tissues to blot your face, you probably have oily skin.

Dry Skin: You might be seeing a lot of flakiness or cracks in your skin, maybe whenever you wash your face you feel uncomfortably tight and like you need to reach for the moisturizer, you’re most likely looking at dry skin.

Combination Skin: When you check out your skin you find that your face is pretty dry aside from specific areas such as the forehead, nose, chin or maybe upper part of your cheeks, which get shiny and feel greasy after a while. These are the telltale signs of combination skin!

Knowing your skin type is super important as it helps you to make the best choices when it comes to skin care, being sure that you pick products that never make you feel dry, greasy or damaged and keep your complexion in tip-top condition!

So what about exfoliating?

There can be quite a bit of controversy surrounding exfoliating, but we’re here to give you the best advice we can to help you glow just as much on the outside as you do on the inside! Exfoliating is a pretty important part of a skin care routine, especially if you’re the type prone to blemishes and clogged pores, as it helps to get rid of dead skin and paving the way for freshness! Exfoliating works to even out your skin tone and even boosts circulation, making it a healthy habit to pick up for your face but also for the rest of your body too!

Now, here’s the million dollar question: How often do you exfoliate? It’s agreed upon by many dermatologists around the world that you should be exfoliating at least two to three times a week, with those who have sensitive skin sticking to two. The reason behind this being our skin cells regeneration process. We lose around 50 million skin cells a day and if we let them sit on our face, our complexion looks dull and dry. Not nice and not what we want at all! 

Just be aware when picking your exfoliators. There’s a lot of different kinds out there, with different methods of application and strengths, so picking one that works for you can be a pretty long process! We at Hello Natural Co are all about the goodness of natural products, so we would recommend sticking to something gentle on skin with plant enzymes like papaya, pineapple and pomegranate or for physical exfoliants you should use something easy on the skin, so avoid ingredients like walnut shell or sugar when cleansing your face.

How often can I use face masks? Which kind are the best?

Face masks are a fun and relaxing way to unwind and give your skin a bit of a treat and some out there are certainly more effective and better to use than others, but how many times a week should you actually be using one?

Taking your skin type into account before using a face mask is definitely a must. If you have dry skin you may need a boost of extra moisture, or maybe you have oily skin and need a mask to suck up all the extra sebum and oils from your face without completely drying you out. The best thing is that there are so many different types of masks out there and you can actually use them quite often! Moisturising masks can sometimes be used every day (depending on the brand), but we would recommend boosting your hydration one to three times a week at least – whereas a cleansing mask should only be used around two times a week to give your pores freedom from whatever clogs them. Don’t slop the mask on either, a thick layer of goop or clay won’t usually do the skin any better than just a smooth, even layer of product which saves your money and gives your goodies an extra long shelf life. 

 

Alright, one last thing… Moisturiser. How much, how often and what kind?

Creams and gels can be a little tricky. Often we settle for a moisturiser that tackles only one of your concerns or perhaps one that only lasts a few minutes before it seems to completely evaporate off your skin. A good moisturiser depends on what type of skin you have, one that tackles all your concerns and doesn’t create any new ones. 

It’s important to check the ingredients and the quality of the products you’re buying, but let’s break it down by skin type and make it a little easier to understand.

If you have oily skin go for one that is light and oil-free. A gel moisturiser is often water-based and absorbs quickly without leaving greasiness or slick skin behind, leaving you glowing and feeling dewy but not slick or slimy. Take the time to test out different brands and products, take advantage of testers at the mall and check them on the back of your hand to see what residue is left behind. There’s something out there for everyone!

Dry skin works well with a thicker, richer cream. Something with healthy oils and hearty healing ingredients that help skin to retain moisture and keep it from flaking and drying out too quickly. Again, take the time to test consistency and residue of thicker products, choosing the best cream is a process, but you can do it! 

For combination skin, don’t be afraid to mix types! Creams and gels or gel-like creams work wonders for different areas of skin. If you’re only on your forehead, use something oil-free and then on the dry parts use something thicker!

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