Those with oily skin should pay careful attention to avoid purchasing and using cosmetics that contain oils in their ingredients list. An oil-based foundation applied to oily skin is
simply a recipe for creating a clumpy-looking finish in a few hours of wear. Look for pressed-powder foundations and make-ups, or investigate the many “mineral make-ups” that are becoming widely available. These provide light
coverage, and help to absorb the excess oil from the skin, to give you a fresher, healthier glow and control the shine. (Regardless of the specific product you go with, aim for a matte finish, which will help your skin look
healthier and will help you know when oil is resurfacing as a problem. With oily skin, you will want to cleanse the skin at least twice a day (morning and night), adding a third cleansing in whenever possible (perhaps when
you come home from work), and like with normal skin, never sleep in your make-up.
Cleansing and caring for oily skin requires the same kinds of care given to normal skin, but using slightly different products. In most cases, you can simply use a gentle cleanser,
much like the kind you’d use with normal skin, but feel free to use ‘stronger’ cleanser formulas if you don’t feel that the cleanser is getting your skin clean enough (if it feels oily again within a few hours of cleansing).
Rinse the skin initially using warm water, but follow up using a cool water rinse, which helps to close the pores and can slow the oil production. After cleansing, use a good, skin freshening astringent, either store-bought
or you can make your own, to complete the pore-tightening process.
After applying the astringent, allow the skin to dry and use a very light moisturizer. I actually recommend using a “hydrating spray” which contains a suspension of very light
emollients and is designed to offer some SPF protection and light moisture coverage.
Dry skin is the type that seems to always feel tight and itchy, and absorb moisturizers readily and greedily. In some cases, the dryness is severe enough to result in flaking and
shedding of skin in tiny flakes. This can sometimes be confused with more serious conditions like psoriasis and eczema as it is often accompanied by some redness and irritation. The true differences lie in the severity
of the symptoms and the fact that simply “dry skin” is easily treated and soothed by moisturizing.
When it comes to cosmetics and dry skin, the key is moisture. Prior to applying a foundation, apply a base layer of moisture cream to help hydrate the skin. If you need a foundation
color, use a liquid or cream foundation that has light fruit oils that will both smooth the skin and seal in moisture.
If you aren’t a fan of traditional foundations, look at the tinted moisturizers which can serve dual
purposes of evening skin tone and hydrating and soothing the skin.