Does your skin care routine simply consist of washing your face with your body soap in the shower? Are you unsure the best way to take care of your skin after electrolysis or laser treatments? Are you starting to wear makeup and unsure how to properly cleanse and treat your face? You are not alone—many mtfs have no idea how to take care of their skin and can benefit from adopting a proper routine. Here are three simple steps for improving your skin:
1) Identify your skin type
Your skin type will fall into one of four categories—dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Dry skin can appear red and irritated and is often accompanied by patches of dry flaky skin. Oily skin gets greasy as the day progresses. Combination type often sports blackheads and blemishes on the chin, nose and forehead. This is commonly called the “t zone” and skin tends to be oiler in this area than on the cheeks. Sensitive skin is reactive to environmental factors and sun exposure and may also include skin conditions like rosacea, eczema or psoriasis that are exacerbated by stress, diet, and lack of sleep. Once you identify your skin type, you can shop for skin care products specifically designed to cleanse and treat your face’s needs.
2) Select skin care products for your skin type
There are a myriad of skin care products available for your specific skin type. Most brands available at your favorite drugstore are adequate to meet your needs (unless you prefer to navigate the department store brands for higher quality and pricier lines). Cetaphil, Aveno, and Neutrogena are reasonably priced and have multiple skin care options. Often drug stores carry their own brand comparable to name brands and usually shelve them side by side so you can compare their ingredients and prices. Three products to include in your skin care regime are cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. You may also choose to include eye and wrinkle creams or treatments, and over the counter topical ointments like hydrocortisone to reduce minor skin irritations. Additionally, if you are wearing makeup, you will need makeup removers especially for the sensitive eye area.
Cleansers often come in creams for dry skin, gels or oil-free for oily and combination skin, and fragrance and irritant-free for sensitive skin. Eye makeup remover comes in premoistened pads and towelettes or you can use a cotton ball to apply to your face. Toners are designed to finish up the cleansing job, minimize pores, and balance your skin, but avoid the delicate eye area. Moisturizers for dry skin tend to be thicker and usually contain some kind of oil. Moisturizers for oily, combination and sensitive skin are lighter in consistency, often oil-free and may be called “hydrators”. A moisturizer with a sunblock of 15 or more is a good idea for any skin type. Eye creams, wrinkle reducers and skin reparative products like antioxidants and night creams are great additions to your skin care routine as well and there are many different ones available for your specific needs or budget.
3) Simple skin care routines for day and night
In the morning simply cleanse your face, apply toner and moisturizer and add any reparative product you purchased specifically for the day, for example, an antioxidant. At night, remove your eye makeup thoroughly, apply toner, and use your night time moisturizer or reparative product if you have one. Prior to laser hair removal or electrolysis, it is recommended to avoid the sun and stop any acne treatment as both can make your skin more sensitive. It is a good idea to discuss your skin care routine with your hair removal professional to determine if you need to modify or stop your routine for a while and follow their recommendations. Of course, if you have any concerns about the appearance or health of your skin, consult with your dermatologist, as my skin care suggestions are not based on medical knowledge or training but from my background as a professional makeup artist for television and film production.
If you follow these three skin care tips, you can be well on your way to healthier skin! If you are still unsure of the best skin care routine for yourself and would like some assistance, you are welcome to schedule a makeup/hair consultation at Trans-Image Consulting Group!