Whenever the weather changes, a common question and issue that most people face, is things that they can do or cosmetics that they can use on their skin. A big part of weather changes, brings about a lot of problems and changes in the texture and look of a person’s skin, making it all greasy and tanned in the summer, and make it all rough and dry in the winter time. When such things occur, it is often difficult to use any new cosmetics and even those which one has been using for a while may start giving allergies.
Understanding your skin type
The first step you should follow is to actually understand exactly what your skin type is and then move to the next step. The best ways to accurately understand a skin type is to start keeping a log of the features and characteristics of the skin.
- Dry Skin: It is tight, opaque, rough, brittle, pores are tiny and have wrinkles and flaking.
- Greasy Skin: It has luster and an oily touch, dilated pores, granites and / or black spots especially on the fins of the nose, slippery or rough texture.
- Normal Skin: Neither too greasy nor too dry. It has a slight shine, a little oily sensation, is not tight and does not redden.
- Combination Skin: It has areas of dry and oily skin, especially if the latter is concentrated on the forehead, nose and chin (T zone).
- Sensitive Skin: Has a tendency to present redness, irritation, tightness or itching, and to alter before any change, even emotional.
Defining a balance
Once the main task of identifying the skin type is completed, it is important to make sure you also determine how you would like your skin to look and feel to yourself.
It is very essential that you have a target skin texture in mind before determining and setting out on the hunt for cosmetics. This is mainly important, because if your skin is greasy and you want to use a cosmetic that is high in oils, it would result on a greaser skin, and in turn you would not be satisfied with your look, or your purchase.
This is unfortunate as many people are away of the fact that good cosmetic brands offer various products, but all the products come at a significant price and the wrong choices can make you end up with a big dent in your pocket, and an even bigger issue if the person develops an allergic reaction.
Trial and Error when choosing cosmetics
When trying to determine the best kind of cosmetics to use, there will be a period of trial and error, having properly assessed your skin type and its needs is an important aspect and makes it easier to strike gold in the first attempt, however even in such a case there is always the chance that problems will arise.
Asking people for their feedback and their reviews on different products is always a good thing to do. It allows you to see what kind of effects the product tends to have and also makes it easy for you to be able to see how it may impact your own skin.
Continuity of steps
The important thing to bear in mind during such times is that there are many steps that a person can take so that you end up with a good result and can do so without causing too much damage to your skin in the long run.
When testing new cosmetics for the first time, it is always better to apply a little quantity of the item on a small portion of the skin, bear in mind that the skin on the face is often times more sensitive as compared to the skin of other parts of the body, therefore, testing cosmetics on the inner arm or wrist will not be an effective tool.
Making a final decision
Choosing the right cosmetics for your skin type
- Choose a foundation that does not contain fats, as it will clog pores and the skin will become more greasy.
- Avoid using creamy blush and eye shadows, as they contain more fats than powdered varieties. They also tend to cluster in the eyelids soon after application.
- The face powder should have a matt effect.
- You should also protect your skin from environmental hazards without clogging the pores.
- For this type of skin, it is very important to remove the makeup every night in order to prevent the appearance of pimples and blackheads.
- Over the opposite of oily skin, the foundation has to moisturize your skin, to leave it soft and improve its elasticity.
- The same goes for eye shadows – the creamy ones are the most suitable for you.
- Eye makeup generally disappears when applied to dry eyelids, so you should use primers to make the makeup more durable.
- The best choice is the use of two types of foundation with different texture – fat free, matte for the T zone (chin, nose and forehead).
- Use a moisturizing foundation for the outer parts of the face that are prone to dryness.
- Eye shadows should be neither too greasy nor too dry.
- Like the type of oily skin, you need to clean your skin thoroughly before and after applying the makeup.
- Normal skin prefers light and moisturizing foundation, and it fits all kinds of eye shadows and blush.
- Keep in mind the moisture levels of the skin in order to determine whether to use creamy or powder makeup.
Most cosmetic experts recommend that if you have sensitive or problematic skin, you should not use makeup at all. However, that recommendation is very difficult to follow.
- Your skin needs protection against harmful influences of the environment.
- Look for foundation brands, powder and eye makeup that contains minerals. These mineral-based products allow the skin to breathe while protecting it from bacteria and fighting inflammation.
- Remember that mineral-based makeup reacts with the photographic flash and you will see yourself with the hated white ghost face in your photos.