Flawless skin has always been in, but with “mask-ne” being a major issue during the pandemic, everyone has been digging deeper into how to care for their skin.
Here is some information to help you get and maintain healthy skin. As with any treatment plan, we must first identify what we are working with. This means finding your skin type and what works best for it. Identifying your skin type is not an easy process, given the weather, our diets, hormones, and stress levels change often. I like to break down this process, so everyone finds it easy to follow; here goes:
- Cleanse your face
- After an hour, get 2 pieces of parchment/rolling paper, one to dab your T-Zone, (along your forehead, nose, and the areas immediately beside it), then use the second to dab the outer areas along your cheeks.
- Examine both pieces of paper for your results.
Skin type, Oily -Both pieces of paper are greasy and attached to your skin, sometimes so severe, it sticks instantly.
Skin type, Dry – Both pieces are extremely dry and there is noticeable flaking.
Skin type, Combination or Reverse Combination – The T-Zone paper is greasy, while the outer is dry or vice versa.
Skin type, Normal – There is an even balance of oil and dryness on both sheets.
Now that we have identified your skin type, let us get started on a basic plan. Treating Caribbean people’s skin can sometimes be a task. Given we live in warmer climates, we sweat. Also, we live for MATTE foundations and we LOVE the beach. So, we often struggle with whiteheads, blackheads, and dark spots. We must find products that are gentle, effective, and versatile.
The variety of products on the market can be overwhelming, especially with the ever-changing trends. I want you to remember, the focus of your skincare routine should always be to keep it clean and healthy. It can still be healthy and have texture, scarring, spots, or an uneven tone. Many times, unhealthy skin is a result of internal conditions or reactions. Signs you should look for include dehydration, random peeling, inflammation, and allergic reactions.
Here are three easy steps that you can use regardless of skin type or condition to maintain healthy skin:
- Cleansing- Finding a cleanser that will remove unwanted germs and bacteria without stripping is paramount. I recommend when choosing your cleanser, do not just pick one. Examine the ingredients. Stay away from treatment cleansers if you do not need them. Keep it basic; aim for gentle washes with glycerin, pure castile, or soy. Remember no matter your skin type or condition, it needs to be kept CLEAN.
- Toner – Not to be confused with astringent (huge alcohol content), toners balance your skin’s pH and remove any residue that your cleanser did not. My recommendation will always be 100% witch hazel. Its antibacterial properties, plus its calm scent is all I need to rebalance.
- Moisturizer – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… and then add sunscreen! Collagen and hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers seal in the moisture you need to keep wrinkles at bay and a youthful glow. But if you want to keep it easy, stock up on 100% aloe vera. It is excellent as a hydration ingredient, PLUS it mattifies the skin like no other. Also, never leave home without wearing at least spf 15 sunscreen; your skin will thank you later!
You may have to test different brands or products, but always do your research, see what works best for your skin type, condition, and lifestyle – surely a 10-step routine cannot work for someone always on the go! Catch you in my next article where we will analyse popular skin conditions and treatments!