Why do I have trouble finding the right cream for my face?

By Dr. Dinko Kaliterna In Blog Posted 15.4.2019.

A beautiful and nurtured skin is every woman’s dream and it is no wonder that creams became an integral part of everyday facial skin care. The offer is so rich that finding an ideal cream can. Have you ever tried a new, “excellent” facial care product that made your skin even worse? That product probably wasn’t intended for your skin type. Whether you want to stop the signs of ageing, remove acne or just hydrate your skin – choosing an ideal facial care product may present a real challenge! We tend to apply wrong products to our face more often than we think, so if you noticed that your condition worsened after using certain creams, maybe it is time to make some changes.

Pay attention to ingredients in the products you are buying. Look for natural products which contain collagen, numerous vitamins and minerals. Apart from that there are a few more things you should consider when buying facial cream.

Determining your skin type

This is the most important step when choosing the right facial care products! Certain skin types require special care, and each cream on the market is intended for one of those skin types.
Figure out your skin type below and learn how to take care of it.

Dry skin

If your skin sometimes tingles or itches, especially after cleansing, that means you have dry skin. It is important to make a distinction between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type caused by insufficient secretion of oil in the skin, whereas dehydrated skin is caused by the current lack of water due to environmental, climate or low fluid intake. Avoid alcohol and sulphate-based products that remove natural oils from your skin. Also, try not to shower in very hot water as it damages skin moisture. If you use heaters in your home, consider buying a humidifier for your home or bedroom.

Oily skin

If your skin is shiny or you notice excess oil on your face, neck, shoulders or back, then this is your skin type Your pores seem larger, or are clogged easily, which leads blackheads, pimples or acne. However, do not despair, the good news is that the moisture from oily skin can prevent the appearance of wrinkles! Avoid oil-based products – including makeup removers, moisturisers or makeup. Your skin can withstand only a certain amount of moisture, which causes the rest to remain on the surface and cause that undesirable shine and oiliness.

Combination skin

It got this name because it is a combination of two skin types. It may be inconvenient to treat as it requires solving of two different problems. For example, your skin can be oily in the area of forehead, nose and chin, and dry in the area of cheeks and jaws. In that case your goal is balance. Try not to apply the same cream to the entire face but apply moisturising creams to dry area and products intended for oily skin to oily areas.

Normal skin

Your skin is quite balanced, sometimes oily, but not too much. You may experience occasional dryness and pimples, but they quickly go away. Product irritation is rare. Congratulations, you have normal skin type! It is the easiest to handle, but unfortunately it is also a skin type which has first visible signs of ageing. Therefore, do not forget to include anti-age products in your routine, starting in your late 20-ies for an effective prevention.

Sensitive skin

If you often experience skin irritations, inflammation, itchiness or redness, then this is your skin type. Avoid products with synthetic fragrances, colours or strong chemicals. Anything that contains easily flammable ingredients can cause allergies or irritation. It is best to use basic ingredients, for example using coconut oil for a few days instead of a moisturising cream.

• Season

Pay attention to the weather. During hot summer months, opt for a light cream, whereas your dry skin needs more moisturising during winter than the rest of the year.

• Do not forget sunscreen!

No matter the season, do not forget to apply sunscreen. Sun protection is extremely important for the ageing process and for skin health and is something that does not change over the years. Find a moisturising product with SPF that you will apply daily to your face, neck and neckline.

• Regular visits to the dermatologist

The skin may change along with the seasons, because of the change in location and age. Most often, the skin becomes more prone to dryness with as we age, and even though your routine for „normal“ or „oily“ skin used to work, you will probably have to change products after a few years. Therefore, it is important to regularly visit dermatologist in order to establish potential changes in skin type in time. If you make a mistake with your product, it may result in various irritations, dryness or oiliness of skin, which can make wrinkles and acne even more visible.