Are you struggling to nail down a skincare routine that actually works? If so, you’re not alone. Many individuals don’t even know where to begin, let alone know what products they should be using for their skin type. But if you want to have picture-perfect skin, you need to stick to a core routine that caters to your particular type of skin. If you’re tired of grappling with the same old routine that isn’t working, follow the steps below to find the right skincare regime for you.

Define Your Skin Type

We all have different skin types. Some of us have dry and flaky skin, others have oily skin, and a number of us are right in between. When finding the right skincare regime for you, the type of skin you have really matters. Discover your skin type here:

Dry Skin will often become tight and dehydrated during the day. Those with this skin type also tend to have flaking and redness as well. If you have dry skin, you will benefit the most when using a gentle exfoliant to remove the buildup of dead cells and a rich moisturizer that will strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.

Oily Skin can be rough in texture and have visible pores. Those with oily skin will typically experience a buildup of dead skin cells, blemishes, and shininess caused by overactive oil glands. Chemical exfoliants can help cleanse pores and improve the upper layer of the skin cells. A lightweight gel moisturizer will give it the moisture it needs without making the skin look shinier.

Combination Skin has an oily area in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry areas on other parts of the face. The dry parts are often flaky, and the oily parts are often blemish-prone. Those with this skin type often need to treat their skin with products designed for combination skin. Finding the right moisturizer can be difficult but not impossible.

Normal Skin people are incredibly lucky. Their complexion is fairly even, and they have few imperfections or blemishes. They also don’t normally suffer from inflammation or redness. This type of skin does best with gentle exfoliating and cleansing and a balanced moisturizer.

Sensitive Skin is highly responsive to the weather and products. Certain ingredients can irritate the skin and cause redness, while others will work just fine. Those with sensitive skin should seek the assistance of a dermatologist or skincare professional to find the right products for their particular skin.

Customize Your Skincare Routine

Once you have a better idea of the type of skin that you have, it’s time to customize a skincare routine that will work best for you.

A standardized morning routine would normally consist of cleansing, toning, exfoliating, applying targeted treatments like serums, moisturizing, and adding sunscreen. And the evening routine would follow a similar suite except the targeted treatment might be a mask or peel, topped with a serum, and finished with moisturizer.

Although this routine won’t change much from person to person, the products will. The most important part of creating a skincare regime is to find products that will address your specific skin concerns. And you have two options to figure out what products are right for you. The first option is to try a variety of products to see what works well with your skin type. With so many different brands out there, you can imagine that going this route will take a lot of time, patience and money. The better option is to have a skin consultation with a skincare professional.

The Skin Consult

During a professional skincare consultation, a medical aesthetician will examine your skin to determine your exact skin type (there’s no guessing here!). Your specific concerns will be addressed, and they’ll also prescribe an appropriate skincare regime for your skin type. They may also recommend products that you should use as well as treatment options that will further benefit your skin like a chemical peel, micro-needling or an advanced facial. By the end of the consultation you will have a customized individual skincare treatment plan to follow. It’s that easy!

Are you ready to book your skin consultation to help find the right skincare regime for you? We can develop a comprehensive skincare regime that is customized for your exact individual skin type and condition. At the Ottawa Skincare Clinic, we’ll evaluate your skin’s specific needs and then offer individualized guidance and pharmaceutical-grade products that you won’t find at a regular spa. We also have a range of modern treatments and procedures to help improve your skin’s texture to give it a fuller, healthier look. To learn more about our service and to book your first skin consultation with us, explore our website today!