First things first deep skin lovers, let’s figure out your skin type. Do you know what it is? It’ll definitely help you next time you’re shopping for products. Why is it important? Because using the wrong products — or even popularized Internet hacks — for your skin type could worsen acne, dryness, or other skin problems. Figure yours out from the grid below:
Now that you know your skin type, let’s go on to talk about:
- how to build your own personalised skin care routine
- how to treat specific skin concerns like acne or scars
- which DIY skin hacks aren’t healthy, even if they seem to work
Building your own daily skin care routine
Regardless of your skin type, a daily skin care routine is essential to maintain overall skin health and treat your personal skin care concerns. There are 4 basic steps for your AM routine, and 3 basic steps for the PM.
- AM: Cleanser, Serum, Moisturiser, SPF
- PM: Cleanser, Serum, Moisturiser
You can add more steps like toner, spot treatments, exfoliants & masques as your skin needs.
- Cleansing: Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin needs. E.g. gel, foam, moisturising, etc.
Clean your face no more than twice a day, or just once (PM). Avoid washing for that squeaky-clean feeling because that means your skin’s natural oils are gone.
- Serums: Use a serum with an active that suits your current skin need. E.g. salicylic acid for acne, vitamin C/ alpha arbutin for hyperpigmentation, Niacinamide/ glycolic acid for texture/smooth skin, peptides for wrinkles.
In the PM, retinol or prescription retinoids (e.g. tretinoin) work best. Note: if it your first time to use a retinoid, prevent skin irritation by building up your skin tolerance slowly. Once a week for a month, then twice a week for a month, then three times a week for the following months.
- Moisturiser: Everyone needs a moisturiser. Yes, even oily skin.
You can use one that is: lightweight, gel-based, non-comedogenic, cream-based, or doesn’t block your pores.
- Sunscreen: EVERY MORNING, regardless of the season or your skin type, apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. The actives you use in the morning will just damage your skin, if you don’t apply SPF, by making your skin more sensitive to the damaging UV rays.
Choose products that fit your skin type and sensitivity, and remember to read the labels. Some products, such as retinol or prescription retinoids, should only be applied at night.
For all skin types
- Stay hydrated
- Change your silk pillowcase at least once a week
- Wrap up your hair before bed
- Wear SPF (ideally 50) every day
- Have a basic and simple routine to see how your skin reacts
DIY hacks to avoid
DIY hacks like lemon juice and toothpaste for common skin problems like acne bumps and dark spots are a NO-NO. Regardless if your favourite influencer and celebrity is doing it. These hacks cause more long-term damage than benefits by damaging your skin’s barrier.
- Lemon juice: Too acidic and can cause dark spots to appear after sun exposure.
- Baking soda: Stresses your skin with it’s basic PH, causing dry skin.
- Garlic: When raw, garlic can cause skin allergies, eczema, inflammation, and watery blisters.
- Toothpaste: It may kill germs and absorb oil, but it also dries out and irritates your skin.
- Sugar: Too harsh to use as an exfoliant on your face.
- Vitamin E: Irritates your skin and is not proven to improve scar appearance.
Treating your skin concerns
You can treat your skin concerns without damaging your skin. Don’t pick at your acne, blackheads, scabs, etc. as it can cause open wounds or hyperpigmentation. Open wounds lead to infections, more acne, or scars. The deeper the wound, the more likely your skin will scar.
Here are some scientifically backed ways to treat problem areas.
- salicylic acid
- benzoyl peroxide
- alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s).
You can also try acne patches or stickers. These are clear, thick patches that work as spot treatments to help promote blemish healing and prevent infections. Best used overnight.
Sebaceous filaments can be removed with an extraction tool (a small metal instrument with a tiny circle at the end). However, it’s best to have an esthetician or dermatologist remove them for you. If you’re going to do this at home, make sure that your tool is sanitised to prevent infections.
Silicone: Silicone can improve scar thickness, color, and texture. Best in the AM.
Honey: Can heal wounds and scars.
Vitamin C: Works better when combined with other lightening ingredients like kojic acid and licorice.
Niacinamide: Can help reduce blemishes and dark spots, especially from acne.
Retinol: Can improve scars, especially when combined with glycolic acid. Best in the PM.
Should I visit an Esthetician/ Dermatologist?
If your skin concerns are persistent, please visit a professional. E.g. persistent acne & scarring may need prescription treatments.
Remember that your skin type can affect how products work. Using the wrong product, even when natural, can cause breakouts, worsen blemishes, or cause redness. It’s best to find out what skin type you have and build your skin care routine around that. You can also take notes on product ingredients to see if specific ingredients are causing unwanted skin reactions.
As soon as dark spots appear on your skin, it is important to adopt a specific skincare routine that will prevent stubborn hyperpigmentation from forming. Find out how!
As people with deep skin tones, we do have a natural SPF of 13 — but when it comes to the sun’s damaging effects, the power of melanin is hugely overstated. Why do you need SPF?
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