Spring skincare tips for your skin type
When seasons change, they can have a negative effect on your skin. To try and prevent this, you need to know how to take care of your skin throughout the seasons. Since Spring is around the corner, I’ve put together a few skincare tips for you.
Normal skin doesn’t get too dry or too oily and is usually easiest to maintain. People with normal skin usually have very few to no imperfections and their pores aren’t large or visible.
If this describes your skin, then you won’t go through too much trouble to take care of your skin. You’ll need to exfoliate (scrub the skin to get rid of dead skin cells) with a gentle exfoliator - you can make one from home using oats, honey and a bit of warm water. You’ll also need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays by using a moisturiser with SPF (Sun Protection Factor). You can get this from R119 at Clicks.
People with oily skin usually have large, visible pores, a dull or shiny complexion and issues with blackheads and blemishes.
If this sounds like you, then you’ll need to wash your face every morning and evening, using a cleanser that’s oil-free and noncomedogenic (doesn’t clog your pores). You can get one of these cleansers at Dis-chem for R109.95. You’ll also need to avoid oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers and use a moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher.
If your skin is dull, has cracks, peels or becomes itchy and irritated, then you might have dry skin. You can take care of dry skin by washing your face with lukewarm water and moisturising your skin while it’s still damp. You’ll also need to exfoliate with a gentle scrub 3 times a week, which you can purchase for R49.99 at Mr Price.
Combination skin is usually normal with dry and/or oily patches in some areas. It can be tricky to maintain and can have large pores, blackheads and shiny areas.
You can take care of combination skin by exfoliating with natural scrubs 2 to 3 times a week and make sure that you don’t use harsh products (use products with natural ingredients). Avoid products with oil and alcohol and use SPF 30 every day.
Sensitive skin can be itchy, dry, and can often be irritated and red. Taking care of sensitive skin can be difficult since it can react to a lot of products. You’ll need to use products that are not harsh, avoid anything that can irritate the skin such as products with fragrance, and make sure you use a light sunscreen.
Knowing your skin type can help you make the best decisions when it comes to developing a skincare routine that works for you. Remember that if your skin becomes difficult to manage even with a routine, then it might be time to see a doctor who can assess your skin and offer you the best solution for you.
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