Determining what your skin type is and how best to take care of it isn’t always straightforward. And since there isn’t a miracle product out there that can work on us all, it means you need to put some effort into figuring out what works and what doesn’t for you. Treating your skin the same way that your sibling, BFF or mom does isn’t a good way to achieve a flawless complexion either since your skin will have different needs and sensitivities. To help you sort through all the noise, here are our tips for finding a skincare routine that’s right for you.

Nail Down The 3 Basic Steps

No matter what type of skin you have, when it comes to building a skincare routine, there are always (or at least there should be) 3 basic steps involved: Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing. 

These three steps are fundamental to nail down as a regular part of your daily habits in order to wash away the dirt and grime, seal and balance the skin, and then hydrate it to keep it soft and wrinkle-free.

Visit A Skincare Specialist

If you don’t know what your skin type is and you’ve been through multiple products that only result in breakouts or uneven texture, then make a point to visit a skincare specialist. They have the expertise to assess your skin, tell you exactly what’s going on with it, and which products are best suited for it. So rather than playing the guessing game when you’re out shopping for a new moisturizer, you’ll have the info you need to narrow down your search and choose the right type and ingredients that will benefit your skin the most.

Treating Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you tend to experience a more rough and uneven texture. This also means you’re more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. So moisturizing twice per day is essential. It may take a few products to find one that your skin loves, but for dry skin in general, we recommend using serums and facial oils. These are rich in soothing ingredients like rosehip and hyaluronic acid which are great for boosting hydration and protecting the skin against dryness.

When it comes to cleansing, cream-based cleansers or cleansing balms are popular choices since they won’t strip away any natural oils from the skin or weigh it down. Also, during your cleansing routine, don’t forget to exfoliate once per week. This will help remove dead skin cells on the surface and allow the cleanser and moisturizer to penetrate deeper into the skin to keep it nourished and plump.

Treating Oily Skin

Oily skin tends to be more prone to acne, which is why it’s best to stick with a lighter foaming liquid when cleansing. This will help remove dirt buildup from the pores without irritating them. Also, look for non-comedogenic products since these are designed to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. 

When it comes to moisturizing, gel-based ones are more suitable since they’re water-based which makes them lightweight.

Dealing With Sensitive Or Combination Skin

For those who have sensitive skin or a combination, it can feel very frustrating when you’re struggling to find a product that strikes the right balance that your skin needs. Unfortunately, this means you may need to dedicate more time to figure out which products work best. However, if your skin is sensitive,  start off using an oil-based cleanser. Even though this may sound counterintuitive, oil absorbs oil. So using a product like argan oil, which is also non-comedogenic, can help to remove impurities on the skin while moisturizing and hydrating it, without weighing it down.

For selecting a moisturizer, try a mid-way lotion or balm that can add the hydration you want with the amount of absorption you need.

To Tone or Not to Tone?

When it comes to toners, it’s something that many people tend to skip over during their skincare routine. And that’s because it’s often thought of it as a harsh astringent that just strips away our natural oils. Although that may have been true with the alcohol-based toners back in the 80s, much has changed and improved since. Toners are an important part of protecting and nourishing our skin, and today, you can find a wide variety with natural ingredients that won’t dry out the skin.  They also help to balance your complexion, add a boost of nutrients that fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, and hydrate. So don’t forget to tone!

Give It Time

One important point to keep in mind when finding a skincare routine that’s right for you, is to give it time. Remember – there’s no quick fix that will solve all your problems. Your skin needs time to adjust to the products you’re using and reap the benefits. Switching up your products every week or so won’t give you the results you’re after. In fact, it can make your skin more irritated and prone to breakouts. So once you pick up a new product, give it at least six weeks, using it each day as instructed to inspect your skin and determine whether it’s working or if it’s time to try another.

At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a range of services that can help repair, replenish and improve the look of your skin. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our skincare specialists.