Some people choose skincare products based on trending ingredients, while others are attracted to glitzy packaging and clever marketing. However, when it comes down to it, there’s one major factor that should have even more of an influence over the products you pick; your skin type.
Keep reading as Lavelier explains why it’s so important to ensure that the skincare products you’re using are suitable for your skin type. We’ll also share some product recommendations to help you make the very best decisions for your skin.
Why Does Skin Type Matter?
Your skin type essentially refers to the amount of oil produced by your skin.
If your skin’s sebum levels are normal, then this means that you have a normal skin type. If your skin produces more oil than necessary, leading to a greasy appearance, then this would equate to an oily skin type. On the other hand, if your skin doesn’t produce enough sebum, then this causes dry skin. Sometimes, the skin produces excess oil in some areas but not enough in others, resulting in combination skin.
Of course, let’s not forget about sensitive skin. This skin type can suffer from both too much or too little sebum. Either way, sensitive skin is prone to irritation, redness, and inflammation due to a compromised skin barrier.
Why does all of this matter?
Because using products designed for a different skin type could exacerbate any skin concerns that you’re dealing with. You could also end up with new skin issues due to how your skincare products are messing with your skin’s sebum levels even more, rather than helping to balance things out.
However, pick products that are suitable for your skin type and you’ll be able to banish the visible skin concerns that your skin type comes with, giving you the clear and healthy-looking complexion that you’re seeking.
When dealing with dry skin, you need to look for skincare products that hydrate and moisturize your skin. Since your skin isn’t producing enough sebum, this not only makes the surface feel dry but also increases the rate of transepidermal water loss. With moisture evaporating out of your skin at a faster rate, this then leaves your skin cells lacking in both water as well as oil.
The Marine Deep Moisturizer
A rich face cream is a must for anyone with dry skin, and that’s where our Marine Deep Moisturizer comes in. This exquisite formula is packed with shea butter, which several studies have proven to be exceptionally moisturizing. It contains a range of essential fatty acids that help to keep the skin looking soft and supple.
You’ll also find a number of hydrating plant extracts in this cream. From seaweed extract to aloe vera leaf extract, these botanicals not only boost the skin’s moisture content but also impart a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants.
The Seagrass Cymosilk Masque
Face masks are a great way to give dry skin an extra boost of moisture, with the Lavelier Seagrass Cymosilk Masque being perfect for this. Unlike many of the other face masks out there, this one boasts a leave-on formula, making it even more beneficial for tackling dryness. The fact that you don’t need to remove or rinse off your mask after 10-15 minutes gives your skin much more exposure to the ingredients within, allowing them to deeply hydrate your skin cells.
In this mask, you’ll find a number of ingredients that are ideal for dry skin. From squalane and sodium hyaluronate to peptides and coral seaweed extract, it’s no surprise that people experience an instant glow after using this mask. The vitamins and antioxidants in this formula provide long-term benefits by reducing the appearance of aging and oxidative damage.
If your skin type is oily, then this means that your skin produces more sebum than necessary. This can occur for several reasons but, either way, it results in the skin looking shiny and greasy. The excess oil also commonly gathers in the pores, causing blockages, inflammation and acne.
To counter this, you need skincare products that can rebalance how oily your skin feels. Look for ingredients that will mattify your complexion and clear out your pores, so that you can enjoy a refreshed and blemish-free appearance.
The Intensive Facial Peel
Exfoliation is important for every skin type, but those with oily skin need it the most. Even if you cleanse daily, exfoliation pulls impurities and excess oil out from deeper within the pores. Regularly exfoliating will prevent the appearance of acne while reducing the shine that accompanies your complexion.
If you can’t decide between a physical or chemical exfoliant, our Intensive Facial Peel offers a bit of both. Mandelic acid is the alpha-hydroxy acid in this blend. It dissolves the glue-like bond that holds dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, allowing these to be shed rather than leaving them to settle in the pores. At the same time, bamboo powder manually exfoliates the skin while vitamins A, C, and E give the complexion a glow.
The Skin Clair Repair
The acne that often accompanies oily skin is frustrating enough to deal with. However, once those pimples clear, they sometimes leave behind a dark mark. This discoloration is referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and it can take a while to even out the skin tone once again.
To speed things up, look for skincare products that contain ingredients capable of lightening the look of hyperpigmentation, such as the Lavelier Skin Clair Repair. This specialized serum works to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, therefore balancing out the complexion. For best results, it should be used daily as part of your nighttime skincare routine. Stick to it for a few weeks and you should start to see your dark marks improving in appearance.
Combination skin is one of the trickiest skin types to deal with. With some parts of the face being oily and others being dry, finding products that can be applied all over can be difficult. Some people opt for two sets of skincare products instead; one that they apply on their oily areas and another that suits their dry patches.
That said, this can be time-consuming, not to mention expensive! If you’re searching for products that can be used on the entirety of your face, here are two to consider:
The Biology Mousse Cleanser
Cleansing combination skin isn’t easy. You need a cleanser that’s capable of removing the excess sebum from the oily parts of your face without clearing away too much oil from the dry areas of your skin. However, this is something that Lavelier’s Biology Mousse Cleanser excels at.
Mousse cleansers in general are a fantastic option for combination skin. This formula stands out even more due to how it’s filled with ingredients that hydrate and soothe the complexion. From organic chamomile and calendula extracts to moringa seed oil and coral seaweed extract, your skin will love all of the natural ingredients in this cleanser.
The Coralline Collagen Boosting Masque
Face masks are an extremely useful tool for people with combination skin. The right mask can reduce the look of shine while deeply hydrating your skin cells. This will leave your complexion feeling better balanced overall.
The Lavelier Coralline Collagen Boosting Masque is a product that does exactly that. The bentonite in this formula will absorb any excess sebum on your skin, de-greasing your appearance. Bentonite also happens to be a very gentle clay, so it won’t dry out your dry areas even more. This face mask is also infused with a long list of plant extracts and vitamins. Whether you’re dealing with the appearance of dullness, wrinkles, or anything else, this face mask can definitely help!
If your skin is sensitive, then this means that your skin barrier has been compromised in some way. It isn’t functioning in the way that it should, leaving your skin much more susceptible to environmental irritants.
This means that the skincare products that you use need to be extremely gentle. Using formulas containing common irritants will only leave your skin red and inflamed. Instead, look for products that are designed to soothe and calm the complexion. At the same time, they should also help to make your skin barrier feel stronger and better fortified. This will help to reduce the feeling of sensitivities in the long run.
The Marine Facial Toner
Cleansing is essential for every skin type. However, sensitive skin can sometimes feel even more sensitive post-cleanse. This is down to how many cleansers further interfere with the skin’s protective barrier, which is bad news when your skin barrier is already compromised.
One way to counter the feeling of irritation and sensitivities after cleansing is by adding a toner to your skincare routine. Look for hydrating formulas, such as Lavelier’s Marine Facial Toner. This product has a relatively short ingredient list, which is always beneficial for sensitive skin. It contains ingredients that will leave your skin feeling relaxed and balanced while giving it a healthy-looking glow.
The Divine Day Defense SPF 30
Every skin type is susceptible to sun damage, making sun protection vital for everyone. However, if you have sensitive skin, then even a small amount of sun exposure could trigger irritation. This means that you need to be even more diligent about keeping your skin protected from UV rays.
This is something that the Lavelier Divine Day Defense SPF 30 can help with. This lush cream not only provides protection from the sun but also contains ingredients that will soothe the feeling of UV-induced irritation. Green tea extract, aloe vera extract, and seaweed extract come together to keep the complexion hydrated and fortified, even when the sun’s rays are beating down on it.
Hopefully, you’ve now found some new skincare products that work well with your skin type. However, it’s worth referring back to this guide every so often in the future. Why? Because your skin type can evolve over time. Everything from seasonal shifts to hormonal fluctuations can cause your skin type to change. So, make sure that you’re constantly reassessing your skin to ensure that the skincare products you’re using remain beneficial.