Do You Know Your Skin Products?

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 13:00

Your mother, sister, best friend, and grandmother all have their own unique tips for maintaining beautiful skin. Amongst the myriad of recommendations, there will be some great recommendations that are mixed in with some not-so-great ones. Figuring out how to navigate the waters of skin care can be difficult, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with the different types of skin care treatments available. 

Because there are so many products that go into creating a healthy skin care regimen, it can be confusing to discern the difference between them all. Find the perfect combination of items that work best for your precise skin type and lifestyle may take a bit of trial and error, as well as considerable cost. Save time and money by seeking the guidance of a skilled esthetician like ours at Cloud 9 Spa to help you discover the ideal treatments which will keep your skin glowing and supple all year long.

Before you jump into experimentation, it is important that you understand what each of the different types of products is and how each affects your skin and work together to create beautiful skin. 

Cleansers
Skin cleansers are designed to, as the name implies, clean your skin of excess oil, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin cells from your face. Because the skin on the face is so delicate, this type of buildup on the skin can cause clogged pores and lead to acne flare-ups and other skin conditions. The ingredients in cleansers break down this debris and allow it to be washed away more easily with warm water. 

Unlike soap, skin cleansers are designed to be gentle on your skin so that it will not dry out or be stripped of nourishing natural oils. 

Toners
Toners work in tandem with cleansers to remove additional dirt and pollutants from your skin. It’s important to choose gentle toners so that they can help clear the pores without causing your sebaceous glands to dry out.

Toners are particularly helpful for people with oily skin types and those who are prone to acne breakouts.  

Serums
A popular skincare product that comes in a few varieties, skin serums are a lighter, deep-penetrating moisturizer that some, but not all, skin types can benefit from. Just as toners and cleansers are designed to be used together, so are serums and moisturizers. 

Moisturizers
There are three types of facial moisturizers, and each work in a different way. Humectant moisturizers attract moisture to your skin from the air, keeping your skin naturally hydrated. Occlusive moisturizers work by adding a thin layer of protectant film to your skin, retaining existing moisture. Emollients are different than occlusive in that they are used to smooth and soften your skin’s scales and prevent your skin from becoming rough and flaky. 

Exfoliators
Exfoliators also come in a wide variety. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, which in turn keeps pores clear. There are two types of exfoliants including a chemical or acid exfoliant, which uses natural chemical reactions to dissolve those dead skin cells, and a physical exfoliant, which requires the user to actively scrub the skin to remove the dry skin through friction. 

Eye Creams
One of the most delicate parts of your already delicate facial skin is around the eyes. This area of skin is extremely thin and prone to showing the first signs of fatigue, swelling, and wrinkles. Because of the fragility of this area,  some people opt to use eye creams specific for that area of the face. 

Masks
There are many different types of face masks on the market, and they are each used to address specific needs of individual skin types and conditions. Some masks are hydrating while others may firm and tighten, or even minimize the appearance of your pores. 

Sunscreen
Developed to scatter ultraviolet (UV) radiation (UV-A) that is damaging to skin, sunscreen uses both organic ingredients like oxybenzone and inorganic ingredients like zinc to protect skin from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen is also used to prevent sunburns, the type of damage caused by UV-B rays. Most people don’t realize that sunburn can occur even on cloudy days so it should be worn every day.