How to Choose the Best Products For Your Skin Type

Sebameducation, Skin Care 101 January 14

We all know that feeling of buying a new skincare goodie, only to find out that your skin hates it. That’s why it’s crucial to choose products made specifically for your skin type. Using a skincare formula not made for your skin’s unique needs can cause some adverse reactions. In this guide, we give you tips on how to choose the best products for your skin type.  

Signs You’re Using the Wrong Product For Your Skin Type

If you’re using a product your skin doesn’t agree with, you will notice apparent signs. Here’s how to tell it’s time to switch up your skincare routine:

Your Skin is Extra Dry and Peeling

The wrong skincare products for your skin type with make existing conditions worse. Therefore, if you have dry skin, you will notice an increase in rough and dry patches.

This is also the case for normal skin. Too many acid-based or harsh products strip your acid mantel, leaving your skin feeling dry and tight.

You Experience Breakouts

This is another tell-tell sign that you’re using the wrong product for your skin type. If you usually don’t get breakouts and suddenly notice small red bumps, your newest skincare addition is probably to blame. 

Your Skin Becomes Super Oily

Oily skin is the norm for some, but if your skin doesn’t usually produce excess oil, this means that a product formula may be affecting your skin.

When you use products that disturb your skin’s outer layer, it makes up for the excessive dryness by producing more oil. 

You Experience Burning or Stinging

Often active ingredients have a tingling effect, but this typically lasts for a few seconds, not minutes.

If you notice that your skin burns or stings long after using a product, then you’re using a product that is too strong for your skin type. This is usually the case for those with sensitive skin.

What Products to Use for Your Skin Type

Now that you know when it’s time to switch the products in your skincare routine. Let’s talk about the best products for your skin type.

Oily Skin

For those with oily skin, start with a cleanser with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to prevent and clear breakouts.

We also recommend hydrating your skin with a light gel moisturizer.  Stay away from products containing overdrying chemicals like sulfates, as this causes your skin to produce more oil.

Dry Skin

For dry skin, opt for gentle cleansers that remove impurities and hydrates, like the Sebamed Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. To improve your skin’s moisture barrier, reach for a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid. 

Avoid products with BHA’s — beta-hydroxy and salicylic acid — for these are oil-soluble and will dry out the skin even more. 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs extra love and care, so keep away harsh products with fragrances, harsh chemicals, or additives. 

The Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash is formulated for sensitive skin. It is extremely mild and won’t cause adverse skin reactions. 

Combination Skin

The key to caring for combination skin is to manage the oil production and keep it moisturized.  Therefore, opt for a gentle cleanser that helps keep oil at bay.

The Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is perfect for combination skin, it removes oil and hydrates. 

Mature Skin

For those with mature skin, it’s recommended to incorporate products that strengthen the skin’s outer layer and provide moisture retention.

The Sebamed Age Defense Q10 Cream helps restore the skin’s elasticity and retains moisture. It also strengthens the skin and protects it from environmental stressors.


Author: Ashley Austin

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