Shaving off those scales

Okay.  I’ll admit.  Not the best title.  But I didn’t see any other suggestions in the suggestion box so don’t judge.

I get asked a lot.. a lot, a lot about moisturizers.  This is a tough subject because I’m not a dermatologist.  But I do have 500 + Esthetitian hours from cosmetology school.  So same difference right?  (To all my Dermatologist friends who spent countless hours for years studying in medical school, please do not send me a plague of acne, the “same difference” thing was a joke)

I personally have combination skin, that leans more on the oily side.  I get dry patches on my chin and the sides of my nose.  While most of my “T” zone stays well… lubricated.

Not all moisturizers are created equal.  A $60 department store moisturizer may not work as well for you personally as the $10 store brand.  You just have to know what to look for. You want to always look for “noncomedogenic” this just means it won’t clog.  Moisturizers with an SPF of at least 15 are ideal as well.  We don’t want to have to go over the woes of sun spots next right?   Alcohol, parabens, and petroleum are major ingredients in a lot of moisturizers.  All which are ironically bad for you and bad for your skin!

I personally have to use a different moisturizer for winter and summer.  I am much more dry in the winter.  So a heavier moisturizer is needed.   If you have sensitive skin ( Or any kind of skin for that matter) scented moisturizers are probably going to be irritating if not more drying.  Before applying you want to make sure you wash your face and lightly pat dry with a clean towel.  Then immediately apply the moisturizer.  Damp and wet skin absorb moisture faster than dry skin.

Cetaphil is actually the #1 moisturizer recommended by all 5 dermatologist that I’ve ever worked with.

Cetaphil

I personally try to go the more natural route and use Jojoba oil, coconut oil, and/or argan oil.  The coconut oil should be extra virgin.  I’m not 100% sure what the difference between Virgin and Extra Virgin is.  (It’s been unclear to me since high school 😉  )  I can only assume because I’m too lazy to google that it has something to do with the processing and filtration.   Do a test spot for a couple of days because coconut oil can possibly clog pores.  It’s typically better used for dry patches on the skin, but not every day topical use.  Eating coconut oil is great for your complexion however!  All of these are also great for your hair!  These are total game changers.  You’ll thank me later I promise! There are millions of recipes out there as well for lotion bars where you can add in these oils yourself.  I tried making one once and it only made me itchy.  So I just use a pea size amount of either of these oils that I have on hand and rub it into my face.   Shea butter is actually a popular ingredient you usually see moisturizers boasting about on their labels.  But it’s usually a miniscule amount.  You really need raw shea butter in larger amounts to get it’s full effect.

 

Oily Skin

A lot of people with oily skin skip the moisturizer.  Which is a HUGE .. HUGE mistake.  When you have oily skin, and you don’t moisturize you’re making your skin work over time on producing oils because it’s needing more.   All this = even more oil production which = even oilier skin!  That being said, if you have sever acne and really oily skin, you’ll need to find the right balance.  Speak to your dermatologist about whats best for you.

You want to avoid greasy moisturizers, and find a nice light one that works for you.

A CHEAP tip for my oily skinned amigos.  Ditch the oil absorbing papers that cost you $8+ for 50 sheets.  (okay, I totally made that price up, but you’ll get my point in a minute) and run to Sallys and buy you some Perm papers!  Same difference except you get 1000 for like, $5 tops.

Dry skin

Heavier moisturizers that fall into the same guidelines listed above should work well for you.  Lather some of that on and let it sit for a few minutes before lightly blotting off the excess.

Be sure to moisturize twice a day.  After washing your face with a gentle face wash.  If you’re feeling dry and stiff through out the day but already have makeup on, Evian makes a great face mister.  It wont saturate your face like a regular spray bottle.  It lightly mists.

Combination Skin

You’re probably feeling a little torn on what to do.  Just be sure to wash your face morning and night, use a good toner- and just experiment a little to see which type of moisturizer would work best for your skin type.  You may want to focus on the most problematic area.  Are you super oily in some spots and only moderately dry in others?  If so you want to mucus on the oily side.   You can even go as far as getting two different kinds of moisturizers to go on each portion of  the face.   The natural routes seem to be a great fit for those with combination skin.

Don’t know if you’re dry or oily skinned?  Well if you have to ask you’re likely combination.   Some days your dry, some days you’re oily

So folks.  Hopefully that helped a little bit.  I could on on forever about this subject but I wont.  Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions and/or email me.  I’ll help the best way I can!

 

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