The Skincare For Your Skin Type

the skincare for your skin type

I consider myself as a skincare fanatic - it's hard not to be when you're exposed to products constantly and since I'm always on the look out for the next best cleanser, serum, moisturiser etc, it's kind of a given that I am a fan (and hoarder) of all things skin related. The second bedroom in my flat currently houses all my latest skincare finds and I am not even sorry at the amount that currently sits in there, although I do get a bit embarrassed when guests come round and quickly direct them away from that room at the earliest convenience.

However, everyone's skincare journey is different and I can only give you my experience of certain products for my skin type. Sometimes, I do find it hard to recommend products due to the sheer fact which is 'what works for me, doesn't always work for everyone else', so that is one important thing to keep in mind when it comes to selecting skincare and opting to go for recommendations. But what I can give you, is exposure to a product that you may not have heard about/or have heard about, but haven't tried before and in turn, could work out well for you. So in this post, I am presenting you with my guide to skincare for your skin type.....

the cleansers you need

Cleansing is the first stage of a good skincare routine and using the correct one is super important. Cleansers need to be a) comfortable on the skin, b) cleanses throughly and c) suitable for your skin type. So with the ever expanding choice from brands, it's hard to pick the right one and there's now an added extra step of pre-cleanse which some say is necessary and some say it's not as long as you use the correct cleanser for your skin. I always read all the information on the product including ingredients before making a purchase, this is to ensure I know exactly what is going on my skin. If you have normal skin (skin that is not particularly dry or oily and ageing, sensitivity, blemishes aren't your concern) then you are able to use a cleanser which states 'all skin types'. Normal skin is the skin that everyone wants if only it was that easy. With dry skin, it will feel tight, uncomfortable and in some cases, cracks start to appear due to the sheer lack of moisture, cream or milk textured cleansers are ideal for dry skin as cream or milk is nourishing therefore helping to restore moisture. For oily (skin that has large oil glands and high sebum content) and combination (oily on thte t-zone, dry everywhere else) skins, a cleansing gel is perfect for those types. A sulfate-free gel will eliminate oil without drying out the skin. Lastly, when it comes to sensitive or ageing skin, a cleansing lotion is gentle and lightweight, therefore, it doesn't disturb the skin's natural barrier and always ensure cleansing is extended to the neck as this area will show the first signs of ageing.

Featured cleansers
For all skin types
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
For dry skin types
Nivea Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash
For oily/combination skin types
Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser
For sensitive skin types
Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water

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Face Scrubs

If you asked me if face scrubs are necessary, I would absolutely say yes, even for the most sensitive of skin types. Polishing does wonders for the skin and helps it to regenerate and look brighter. Scrubs or exfoliating products don't always come in form of a cream, gel or paste, it can also come in liquid form and performs the same job as with the more grainy products. The only difference is that it doesn't feel as invigorating as it would be with a cream, gel or paste and generally design for those with more delicate or sensitive skin. If you have dry skin, again, like cleansers, a cream one would be ideal to replace moisture as you're scrubbing away dead skin cells. For oily and combination skins, pretty much all types of  textures will work well, however, certain scrubs can strip the skin a little too much and the idea with oily skin scrubs is to mattify and not dry out, so we have to be careful with that one. For sensitive and ageing skins, a gentle paste or lotion is perfect for ensuring that the skin is still getting exfoliated, but without the feeling of it being too harsh on the skin.

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This is my most favourite part of a skincare routine, when applying a serum or an essence, I can really feel it on my skin and at this point is where I see the most difference. Starting off with those of a drier skin type, the best type of serum/essence you will be looking for is a richer textured serum or a lotion type essence, this will ensure it penetrates in to the skin, boosting hydration and overall plumpness. Oilier skins calls for a more lightweight, mattifying serum/essence, ones that feel nourishing, but sink in quick and leaves no residue. For sensitive skin, I would recommend those that have more of a natural/organic base that are nutrient filled, therefore not causing any sensitivity to the skin. As for ageing skin, the market is huge, much bigger that all the other skin types and honestly, we are spoilt for choice here. However, for ageing skin types, serums and essences containing Antioxidants and Retinol are popular and do actually perform well in my opinon, whether it's for collagen boosting, firming or regenerating, products containing those ingredients are the first port of call. Texture-wise, all of them suit ageing skin, a tip I would recommend though is massaging the product in well using smooth, outward movements to really push the serum/essence in to create a firmer complexion.

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Face Cream

Arguably, the most important part of a skincare routine is moisturising and regardless of what skin type you have, this is one step you should never, ever miss and believe me, your skin will thank you in years to come just because you moisturise. Again, like serums, there are so many face creams to choose from and it is very hard to pick the right one and also super important that you do pick the right one for your skin type because if you don't, essentially, you will be doing nothing for your skin. If you have dry skin, look for moisturisers with ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil or Evening Primrose Oil, these oils ensure that the skin's moisture barrier is repaired, therefore penetrating deeper in to the skin for more advanced nourishment. For oily/combination skin, a lot tend to skip moisturiser because they think there is no need for cream, this is a big no-no and if you do this, please stop. Your skin actually gets oilier when it's dehydrated by over-producing oil, therefore your skin will still be oily regardless. Opt for an oil-free moisturiser when face cream shopping, one that is lightweight, yet hydrating is the perfect choice. A bit like serums, for those with sensitive skin, it is best to go for moisturisers that are free of scent as this can irritate the skin further and also ensure it feels light, avoid moisturisers that are thick and rich. Lastly, for ageing skin, I would recommend a face cream of similar properties to those who have dry skin, but ensure SPF is present and moisturise all the way down the neck.

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Face Masks

The most pampering part of any skincare routine is using a face mask. These skin saving, glow-giving products are an essential and when you find the right one, it can change your skin. I am a fan of sheet masks and in my opinion, they work very well for my oily skin. I use them at least once a week and sometimes, I top up with an extra bottled/pot face mask throughout the week if I feel that my skin is getting a bit dull. For dry skin types, cream masks are ideal, again for the nourishment and extra hydration to keep skin looking as radiant as possible. Sheet masks for also good for dry skin as the infusion of the serums bind with skin and leaves it looking and feel smooth and plump. For oily/combination skins, clay masks are good for drawing out impurities, diminishing shine and closing large pores. Again, there are also sheet masks for oily skins and these work well also with the same principles of infusing ingredients in to the skin for a more brighter complexion. For sensitive and ageing skins, masks can definitely do wonders also, there are sheet masks designed specifically for sensitive skin types and they are super gentle so no irritation occurs when using them. As for ageing skins, the choices, like serums and face creams are huge, and pretty much all masks are good, but particularly those with a more creamier texture and has firming and collagen boosting properties.

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Treatment Products

Treatment products for me is what I like to call the 'finishing touches' to a skincare routine. These are basically those items you put on after everything else and seals the deal right at the end. For me, I mostly use two types of treatment products, one is eye cream and the other is normally something to do with blemishes. Yes, I still get the odd pesky spot here and there and it's definitely something I prefer to treat, rather than leave. As the skin around the eye area is super delicate, you have to be careful when it comes to selecting the right product and adopting the correct method in application. For those with drier skin types, look for eye creams with collagen-boosting properties, this helps to push hydration in the eye area therefore making it more smoother. For those who have oily/combinations skin, a gel-cream eye products is ideal as it absorbs quickly in to the skin and doesn't leave residue to sit on the surface. Lastly, for sensitive and ageing skins, again collagen-boosting eye creams are good or one that aims to combat fatigue would also work well with most skin types. As for treating blemishes, a lotion, solution spray or gel with Salicylic Acid or Tea Tree Oil always does wonders in drying out the pimple and promotes faster healing. These are generally pretty concentrated, so I would definitely only use them to treat spots and not all over the face.

Now that brings me to the end of this mammoth skincare post - the longest I have ever written. I hope you found it useful and do tweet me (@rainingcakeblog) if you have any questions.

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  1. Lin
    22nd May 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Great post Julie! just what I needed to remind myself not to be lazy & treat my skin better..

    • julie
      30th May 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks Lin, glad you liked the post. xx

  2. 10th December 2018 / 7:18 am

    Nice article! Really such lovely skincare products. I am really excited to try these products. Thanks for sharing great blog.

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