While the type of facial skin care products you'll need changes as you get older, skin needs tender loving care no matter what age it is. The better you treat it, the better it'll look and the longer it will last. It's never too soon to start shopping for skin care!
The Basics of Caring for Your Skin
Feeling confused by the range of facial skin care products? We don't blame you. However, there are really only three different things you need:
- A daytime moisturizer
- A nighttime moisturizer
- An eye cream
Each of these facial skin care products is designed to add moisture to your skin and keep it there. By keeping your skin hydrated, you'll help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Generally, this makes sure that your skin looks its very best for as long as possible.
Why Do You Need a Different Moisturizer for Day and Night?
Moisturizer is moisturizer, right? You don't really need a different product for day and night, do you? Actually, yes. Your skin uses the nighttime to replenish and repair itself. It's also a time when your skin won't be able to hydrate itself from any other source, so the moisturizer you put on before bed will generally be richer and harder-working than the one you use in the morning.
Your daytime moisturizer will often be worn under makeup, so it will be lighter and more easily absorbed. This ensures that it doesn't make your makeup slide off halfway through the morning!
Do You Really Need a Different Product for Under the Eyes?
Again, yes. The skin under your eyes is particularly thin and fragile. This is also an area that is touched frequently as we rub our eyes in tiredness, apply makeup or contact lenses, or dry tears.
The area around the eye is often the first place those wrinkles will show up, so it's easy to see why a good eye cream is one of the most important facial skin care products you'll buy!
Read some Eye Cream reviews before choosing your product.
Choose the Right Facial Care Products
Now you know what you'll need, it's time to delve a bit deeper and find out which facial skin care products will suit your skin type. This is important, as not all skin care is equal! The brand your best friend uses may be the worst thing possible for your skin, unless she happens to share your skin type. So when you're choosing your products, your first step is to work out what kind of skin you have. Is it:
- Dry. Dry skin feels tight (sometimes even uncomfortably so), and there may be areas of flaky skin, or other signs of dryness.
- Oily. Oily skin, on the other hand, will appear shiny, with no dryness at all. It may also be prone to spots.
- Combination. Many people have a combination of the two, with oilier areas on the "T-zone" - the forehead, nose and chin, and drier patches on the cheeks and around the eyes.
- Normal. If you're lucky enough to have "normal" skin, you'll have no shine and no dryness. Lucky you!
If you're not sure what type of skin you have, stop by the cosmetics counter the next time you're out shopping and ask for a consultation. This is normally free, and you may be lucky enough to snag yourself some free product samples in the process!
Read reviews of some popular face creams.