What Does MY Skin Need?

Your skin is as unique and beautiful as you are! Learning to take care of your unique skin is a process, but it all starts with understanding your general skin type’s needs. Do you break out easily, or are you constantly fighting the flakies? Are you searching for foundation colors lighter or darker than anyone seems to make? Keep reading for personalized tips for keeping your skin type as healthy as it can be! 

Normal Skin 

What is “normal”, anyway? When it comes to classifying skin types, normal skin simply means skin that is fairly even in complexion. Lucky you! Normal skin is often the easiest to care for because it responds well to products and generally acts the same all over. Clean your skin thoroughly with a daily facial cleanser and use a light moisturizer to keep your complexion soft and protected. Don’t forget sunscreen! 


Do you carry blotting tissues and powder everywhere you go? Oily skin stands out for its shine. If you’ve got oily skin, you’ll want to use cleanser, toner, and moisturizer twice every day. Ingredients to look for include sulfur, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil – all of these ingredients help to dissolve that sheen. Exfoliate once a week to keep your pores from clogging and use a mask to soak up excess oil! 


Snap, crackle, pop! Dry skin is skin that doesn’t maintain a proper level of moisture and experiences flakiness, uneven texture, and sensitivity. To keep a dry complexion looking and feelings its best, look out for drying ingredients that may irritate and further dry out your skin, like alcohol or tea tree oil. Instead, opt for mild ingredients and hydrating formulas. Use lukewarm water and always handle your skin with a gentle touch. 


Thanks for keeping it fresh! Combination skin is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some areas of the face will be oily, others will be dry, and still others will be normal. To care for combination skin, you’ll want to mix up the tips from above. Exfoliate on a weekly basis to even out your skin’s texture and remove excess skin cells. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate your skin and apply a light moisturizer daily. 

Pigmented skin 

Taking care of dark skin tones can be different than caring for fair skin tones. Extra melanin provides resistance to wrinkles, but skin-care is still important. Wear sunscreen, as over-exposure to the sun can result in dark hyper-pigmentation, especially on the lower half of the face. Many sunscreens with SPF 30+ don’t blend well with darker skin, so find one that works and be consistent. Be careful with chemical exfoliants, as darker skin can be more sensitive to them. 


Take a look at Cielo Spa Boutique’s array of facial treatments – in which we analyze your complexion and work to create solutions just for you!  


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