updated May 11, 2020
Picking The Best Skin Care For Your Skin Type
Knowing your true skin type is critical for picking the best skin care regimen for you. It may surprise you that most people don’t know their skin type and are using the wrong skin care products. This can exacerbate current skin issues as you’re not addressing the real problem. The four most common skin types are dry, oily, sensitive and combination.
Dry skin usually appears flakey, scaly, or rough. It may also feel tight or itchy. Causes include dehydration, makeup, diet, or the wrong skin care products. Some formulas may be too harsh for you and using the incorrect moisturizer for your skin type can leave your frustrated. Make sure that you use a mild cleanser and apply moisturizer twice daily, especially before bed because the body heals itself during the night.
- For night-time moisturizing try Obagi Medical Hydrate.
- Phytic acid in Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm cleanses skin without over stripping it. Glycerin and canola oil keep skin hydrated and soothe irritation.
- Obagi's Nu-Derm System is a seven step system especially made for dry skin (if your skin is oil, you can choose the oily skin formula).
- For a brightening, healing serum with Vitamin C try, Obagi C Rx Clarifying Serum for normal to dry skin.
Oily skin be shiny, greasy, or make pores large. Hormone imbalances can wreak havoc on your skin and cause your oil glands to over secrete sebum. It's common for teenagers to have oily skin and frequent outbreaks, but you may be surprised to know that puberty isn't the only time that oily skin can be problematic and cause acne.
- Acne can occur at any time and continue through an adult's 30s and 40s.1
- During adolescence, 95 percent of males get acne compared to 82 percent or more of females, but that's the only time that male cases surpass female.1
- Between 12 percent and 22 percent of adult women have acne in the US vs 3 percent of adult men.1
For help fighting acne, consider tretinoin. Tretinoin, generic Retin-A, is backed by worldwide research and more than 30 years of successful treatment in preventing and healing acne. Tretinoin is FDA-approved acne medicine.
Cleanse your skin twice daily, but do not more frequently than that. If you strip all oils from your skin you could cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce oil. Caring for oily skin can be tricky. You don't want to leave too much oil on your face which can lead to blocked pores, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and even acne.
SusanObagi MD Acne Cleansing Wipes are a lifesaver for oily skin. They're gentle and come in a neat travel pack.
On the flip side, over-cleansing or using a cleanser that is too strong can create dryness and even cause your skin to create more oil. For help choosing the right cleanser for oily skin try Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. for acne.
Sensitive skin is often red and it may burn or sting when applying makeup or skincare products. It is important to use skincare products that are mild, alcohol and scent-free. Stay away from harsh chemical exfoliants and chemical sunscreens. Sensitive skin may also be dry so apply a soothing moisturizer. Some suggestions:
- Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser for hypersensitive skin.
- Melao Retinol-Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It's loaded with antioxidants and skin repairing retinol, hydrating hyaluronic acid, plus a healthy dose of anti-aging vitamins like A, B, D, and E.
- Medterra CBD + Maunka Cream: 99.6% CBD with Manuka Honey for a rich and soothing experience. This cream is blended with over 20 organic botanical oils including coconut, arnica, avocado, grapefruit peel oil and jojoba.
Combination skin is often oily in the T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin) and dry on the cheeks. Theoretically, you could treat each area with different products specific for the dry and oily areas of the skin, but who can afford to buy double the products? The better option for your wallet is to find a skincare regimen that can treat both skin types.
Vitamin C products are good for any skin type. Vitamin C helps repair skin damage and stimulates new skin cell production. Be sure to buy from a reputable manufacturer. Vitamin C is unstable and must be packaged carefully.
The most stable form of Vitamin C is L-Ascorbic acid found in non-prescription Obagi Professional-C Serums, available in 10%, 15% or 20% strengths and any of the products in Obagi's prescription-only Obagi-C Rx System.
Obagi-C Rx System contains 10% Vitamin C + prescription grade hydroquinone. Use it to:
- Correct hyperpigmentation and age spots by regulating the production of melanin-producing cells with hydroquinone 4%
- Minimize future skin cell damage by neutralizing free radicals with the antioxidant power of pure L-Ascorbic Acid - 10% Vitamin C.
For a real treat, give yourself a professional-quality microdermabrasion facial right in your home with Obagi Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask. It contains 30% Vitamin C, the highest potency available without a prescription.
Revitalizing Skin Care For Any Skin Type
Beneath the eyes is one of the most delicate areas on the face. It is also one of the first areas to show the signs of aging. Specific treatments for that area can hide your age, sleepless nights or overloaded schedule.
Obagi's ELASTIderm full-line of eye and facial care feature their patented bi-mineral complex and technology. The key ingredients zinc and copper help restore elastin and collagen, structural fibers of the skin. Malonic acid is one of the secret ingredients that enhances absorption for maximum penetration to restart elastin and collagen production at the cellular level.
24K Gold For Anti-Aging
Pure gold has been shown to lighten pigmentation while delivering retinol and detoxifying negative ions deep within your skin. Choose face masks to treat your entire face or freshen up your eyes with Aina 24K Gold Eye Masks in as little as 20 minutes. Proven anti-aging ingredients retinol and collagen infuse with 24K nanogold and dive deep within your skin. Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture. Aina 24K Gold Eye Masks and 24K Gold Face Masks meld new technology with the ancient power of gold.
1 American Academy of Dermatology Association Skin Brief “Skin Conditions by the numbers. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions/skin-conditions-by-the-numbers