Skin Care Products

While properly taking care of your skin revolves around eating a healthy diet and adequately protecting your skin from the sun, the health of your skin also relies on the products you use to clean and moisturize it. For example, if you have dry, sensitive skin but use a product made for oily skin, you will likely dry out your skin, as products for oily skin strip the face of essential oils.

Similarly, certain brands may also irritate your skin, causing you to suffer from a variety of skin problems. Certain skin care products may contain perfumes, alcohols or other ingredients that may cause you to break out in rashes, suffer from redness or experience a host of other symptoms.

Other factors that may affect the types of skin care products that work best for you include:

  • age
  • allergies
  • current medications
  • gender
  • medical conditions.

Understanding the type of skin you have is crucial to finding the right skin care products for you. If you are unsure of your skin type, visit a dermatologist for a consultation. Your dermatologist can examine your skin and tell you what types of products to use and avoid.

In this section, we’ll highlight the various types of skin care products on the market. Our articles will describe the function of each, including information on possible complications and side effects associated with each skin care product.

Cleansers

When it comes to choosing between various types of facial cleansers, consumers have a vast number of choices to consider. Between foaming products to creamy lotions to exfoliating cleansers, choosing the right facial cleanser can be a difficult decision. However, once you know your skin type, you can easily navigate through the choices to find a cleanser that will adequately clean your face without over drying it.

If you are still unsure of how strong of a cleanser you need, start with a cleanser that is on the gentler side to prevent your facial skin from drying out. If you find that you are unsatisfied with your first choice, slowly progress to stronger cleansers until you find the cleanser that is right for you.

Toners

While cleansing the face is typically the first step in a facial cleansing regimen, using a toner is usually the second. Toner is a liquid that, when rubbed on the face, removes remaining dirt, opens the pores and restores the skin’s normal pH. While some toners are liquids that you apply to a cotton ball and then rub on your face, others are mist sprays that you spritz and leave on your face.

Most manufacturers who produce facial cleansers also make associated toners.

Moisturizers

While the precise order in which you use skin care products depends on your particular routine, in most cases, the last step revolves around using a facial moisturizer. Because both cleansers and toners strip the face of essential oils, the final step in proper face care calls for the restoration of moisture.

As with cleansers and toners, the type of moisturizer that you will need will depend on your skin type. For example, while those with dry skin will need thicker, longer-lasting moisturizers, people who tend to have oily skin will use lighter, oil-free moisturizers to prevent their skin from becoming too saturated with oil.

When choosing between various moisturizers, keep in mind that many manufacturers produce moisturizers with added sunscreen. To protect yourself against sun damage, look for moisturizers with SPF.

Resources

iVillage (October 2007). Top 10 Ratings: Facial Moisturizers. Retrieved October 25, 2007 from the iVillage Web site: http://beauty.ivillage.com/shop/prodreviews/0,,9xlk,00.html.