Understand your skin before choosing a treatment
The best skin care treatment for you will depend on your skin type, your lifestyle, and any pre-existing conditions you may have. The first and last should actually be combined as your skin type does not just depend on whether it is combination, oily or dry.
Establishing your skin type
Such things as eczema, acne, sun damage and rosacea can make the three traditional skin-type categories all but obsolete. Hormonal changes in your body and the weather can affect your skin, making it much more complicated than simply choosing one of three options. You can also have a combination of at least two skin types. You may have sun damage and acne or dry and sensitive skin. This may sound complex but actually working out your detailed skin type will help you choose exactly the right skin care treatments for you.
If you have any issues with your skin it is important to first work out if there are any changes you can make to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Such things as smoking, medication and diet, for example, can all cause particular skin issues to arise. Other factors can include pollution, the climate and your current skin-care routine. The latter is especially important to consider as some treatments make conditions worse rather than better. For example, many acne treatments contain irritants which actually lead to your skin producing more oil. Allergies are another common cause of skin problems and simply working out what particular items you are sensitive to through professional testing can have a dramatic effect.
Closer to your goal
Once external factors have been eliminated, it is time to assess your skin type. Wash your face using a mild cleanser, apply a good toner and wait a couple of hours before looking closely at your skin. Note any oily, dry, red, blemish-prone areas, wrinkle, or damaged areas.
Choose your treatment
So, you know your skin type and are aware of any problems but then you need to decide what sort of treatment you want. Do you want to go down the preventative route in a bid to prevent premature aging, do you have eye bags in need of special care, or conditions such as acne or rosacea? In the case of acne, for example, you could choose to use medication, lasers or creams; or a combination for the most effective outcome. Similarly, there are a range of treatments which can be used to treat rosacea, including antibiotics, creams and pulsed light and radio frequency treatments.
If you decide you want to update your skincare products at home, you must choose what sort of formula you want as well as the particular products. In general, people with dry skin should choose a base of lotion or cream; oily and blemish-prone faces will benefit from liquids and gels; whilst normal or combination skin will like serums or light lotions. It is important to remember, however, that different areas of your face may need a different product – although sun protection is essential whatever you choose.