Today, I’d like to tell you a little bit about matching a cream to your face. This issue might seem to be quite simple but finding a cosmetic which answers our skin’s needs isn’t that easy at all. It becomes even more troublesome when we aren’t fully sure which type of complexion we have!
I hope that my pieces of advice will help you select the right face cream so you won’t have to stray in a drugstore any more. It’s worth realising that the ideal doesn’t exist (also among cosmetics)! The same applies to all-purpose products, therefore it’s important to match care with your needs, likings, and expectations. This is the principle I stick to therefore, please, consider my pieces of advice as a guideline, not as a ready recipe for success. The best face cream is the one you like! This is simple, isn’t it?
Why buying just some cream isn’t a good idea?
Let me begin with stating that the process choosing a cream is a very important issue. If I were you, I wouldn’t play this matter down! Application of mismatching cosmetics may bring out the effects with happen to be far from described as looked-for. To clarify, instead of replenishing our skin with water, we may contribute to even further and more serious dehydration and irritation.
Not all creams moisturise! There are some face creams for special purpose which, for example, are supposed to support curing acne. Other are able to reduce visibility of fine lines or deal with other signs of ageing (e.g. discolorations, matte skin). Choosing the proper face cream is the guarantee of success.
What makes face creams differ one from another?
First and foremost, they differ in ingredients and action – both things are connected with each other and this influences purpose of the cosmetic. But that’s not all! Face creams can also differ in consistency, application, etc.
How to match face cream to complexion?
If we are sick and tired of dry skin patches, we should reach for cosmetics that are able to deliver double the dosage of hydration. If our skin is oily, it’s better to seek help in cosmetics that regulate work of sebaceous glands. If the case is acne, we should make a good use of a product that relieves inflammations and delivers antiseptic action. And instead of applying a heavy foundation, it’s better to choose a light BB cream, especially during the summer, which will even skin tone. Since there are various face creams designed, it means that this makes sense and there is a purpose in that.
I’ve prepared a short manual which will help you clear up all doubts concerning choosing face cream.
- Oily Skin Face Cream
It should be fairly light in consistency, moisturise deeply, and mostly normalise sebum production process since this is the main source of trouble here. A wise choice here are mattifying creams which prevent uncontrolled skin shine during a day. It’s also worth realising that you shouldn’t overuse such products since they are suitable for day only. A perfect cream for oily skin to be applied at bedtime is a highly moisturising cream containing, for example, hyaluronic acid, urea or panthenol. It doesn’t matter that our face might shine at night – we don’t have to attract anybody while sleeping, right? There is no point in dehydrating complexion by applying only mattifying creams.
- Dry Skin Face Cream
When it comes to dry face care, hydration is what’s crucial. This depends on supplying skin with humectants (substances binding water in skin) such as urea, hyaluronic acid, aloe, glycerine, panthenol, honey or rarely found agave extract. People having dehydrated skin can spot wrinkles fairly fast, therefore, they should also reach for anti-age creams featuring, for example, coenzyme Q10. Thanks to such products, it’s easier to prevent premature skin ageing. Also, a good idea is to apply sunscreens because the sun contributes to excessive water loss and, after all, this is not what we want, right?
- Combination Skin Face Cream
Indeed, it’s hard to find a perfect face cream when every part of our complexion is affected by different problem: T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is greasy, whereas cheeks feature dry skin patches. When we add acne… blind alley? The best method is applying 2 or 3 types of creams, each put on different face areas. Unfortunately, this may cause trouble so it’s worth reaching for universal products. The ones which feature a little bit of moisturising ingredients, which matte delicately and fight back acne – the multi-purpose creams.
- Acne Skin Face Cream
I guess, I should write a separate article discussing this problem. However, in this entry I’m going to tell you briefly that choosing a face cream while having acne-prone skin is a truly tough task. It’s crucial to dry acne out, take care of moisturisation and soothe irritations – everything at the same time! Basically, it’s worth reaching for products that contain antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substances such as benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, zinc sulphate, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, etc.
- Sensitive Skin Face Cream
The best face cream to use when our skin is sensitive and irritation-prone is a hypoallergic one. Frequently, it’s fragrance-free so it doesn’t contain any possible allergens, which fragrances often happen to be. Moreover, hypoallergic face creams feature less ingredients which I highly appreciate (I’m a minimalist). If your skin is sensitive, look for products that contain vitamin C, arnica and chestnut extract because these substances are good at contracting capillaries, minimising the visibility of broken capillaries and soothing irritations.
Of course, a very important issue is defining what skin type we have. If you aren’t sure yet what your skin type really is, browse the Internet – you will come across many articles which will help you define your skin type. Basically, you won’t only learn characteristic features of each skin type but also how to match it with a skin care and how to choose the best face cream.