It is officially day 15 of the RMO, and with news from the university that this semester is going to be extended, everyone is slowly losing their minds. You’re waking up everyday to shower just to feel some semblance of normalcy. Except, you find yourself changing back into your day pajamas to spend the day on the sofa. For those who do their nails and their hair at regular intervals, their self-grooming is getting out of control. I’m here to remind you, that while everything is falling apart, you can still engage in some skincare routines. This will ensure that when it is time to feel the sun again, you won’t be crying over dull skin!
While it is perfectly acceptable having problems such as eczema or acne, it is still important to ensure that at the very least, your skin is being cleansed properly. People always say that being at home where it is clean, should protect your skin from getting dirty and potentially break out — which is only half true. Personally, being at home has made my skin drier and more susceptible to little bumps that are kind of like pimples. However, they’re not enough to actually be labeled as such. Depending on what skin type you have, certain products that have high acclaim might not work for you. Here are a few things to remember:
Dry skin requires hydrating cleansers and lots of moisturizing.
The first thing to remember is that sometimes, your skin type can fluctuate. As someone with primarily dry skin, sometimes the products I use with specification for dryness, eventually don’t work. That’s perfectly fine of course, because I know that once I stop taking care of my skin, it will immediately go back to being dry and flaky. I am currently still struggling with this, and while drinking a ton of water is one way to combat dryness? Having a skincare routine that infuses hydration also helps.
Ultimately, this means that all the products I use have to be good for my skin. I generally stay away from face cleansers that focus on acne control. This is because I found that it causes for dryness, itchiness and flakiness. Instead, I use Neutrogena’s hydrating cleanser, that promotes cleanliness with a plump look. This is a good start to ensuring that by the end of my routine, my skin feels healthy and hydrated!
Oily skin needs more intense treatment.
A vast contrast from dry skin, oily skin types have to deal with the fact that their skin can — surprise, surprise — get incredibly oily. When your face is oily, it makes you more prone to pimples, as the oils secreted on your face may not always be the good kind. What I’ve learned from my friends with oily skin is that sometimes, they have to carry around blotting sheets to dab their faces several times a day. A solution to this, I have heard, is any product that has a cooling effect. A lot of my friends have tea tree oil products, which helps to keep oily textures under control, and leave your skin with a nice, cooling feeling.
Back in the day, when I thought that tea tree oil masks were good for dry skin, I had tried a The Body Shop mask that belonged to my friend. Despite having oily skin, she looked incredibly radiant after using it, as the more oily parts of her face were kept under control. Though a little more on the expensive side, there are other brands that could do the same trick!
Combination skin is a mix of both.
Some people may not understand this fact, because I sure as hell didn’t for the longest time. Combination skin, for the most part, means that parts of your face are oily, while the others are dry. This means your T-zone (across your forehead and down your nose) are oily compared to the rest of your face. This might confuse you. You may think it is less likely to find a product that can really help keep your skin clean and fresh! Ever seen the show Friends? There is an episode where Ross, Chandler, and Joey, all put a face mask on their oily T-zones, but not the rest of their faces.
One of the best ways to care for combination skin is to divide and conquer. While you may have an oily T-zone, your cheekbones and cheeks could be dry. This means that you would have to use different products for different purposes through your skincare routine. It sounds like a lot of effort, but during this lockdown, it’s important we all stay healthy. This includes taking care of our skin! Instead of a hydrating cleanser or an oil-absorbent one, you would need a gentle lotion-based or gel-based cleanser. Steps that you may take could vary after you have used a cleanser (toner, serums, moisturizers, etc.). However, the important thing to remember is that you have to evenly distribute different products to different parts of your face. This process is dependant on which areas are oily and which areas are dry.
There are many different things you can do to help your skin. In my opinion, knowing what your skin type is, could really help in determining the right skin care steps. With the right products, you’ll have a good start. Remember to stay hydrated, to take care of your mental health, and your skin! Don’t forget to stay safe, too!
Written by Qistina Azman, Style Section Writer.