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Published November 15th 2012
For every skin type, there's a cure
I have suffered with breakouts of spots, dry skin and red patches for most of my teenage years. After turning 20 in the summer, I decided that enough was enough, I was no longer allowed to have teenage spot plagued skin!
I can give you recommendations for skin that is like mine and some other skin types that some of my friends have that they have combated with various products. Please give as many skin types a look as you can, even if you do not suffer for them, as I have found most of the products can be used for a variety of skin types.
Which skin type are you? (you may be like me, and have more than one of these problems)
Extremely dry - dry skin
You're just as unlucky as me; I suffer from exactly the same problem! Having dry skin can be so annoying as I personally find it hard to find moisturiser that will sustain all day. I suffer with dry skin particularly on my T-Zone and chin.
I have tried so many moisturisers that I'm not even going to begin to list them all. However, recently I have found a good moisturiser called Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop. This moisturiser is actually intended for all skin types but I have found it really clears up my dry skin. My skin always feels extremely hydrated (which is a rarity) and extremely refreshed.
I also alongside this use a night cream: Garnier Youthful Radiance Night which can sometimes be in offer in shops such as Boots and Superdrug. This cream really keeps my skin moisturised overnight and gives my face a refreshed look in the morning. It is great for you if you feel like your skin struggles to cope with daily stresses.
So, for extremely dry - dry skin types I recommend using Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop in the mornings before putting on your make up and Garnier Youthful Radiance NIght after you have cleansed and toned your face before bed.
Luckily for me, this is not something that I suffer from. However, two of my house mates do so I often experience their trial and error of various products to help their skin.
An extreme recommendation on facial wash is Neutrogena: Wash and Mask which can be used as a daily facial wash but also as a mask to clear out pores. This facial wash does not produce excess oil, so perfect if your skin does produce excess oil.
Dermalogica multi-active toner and Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturiser have both been shown to give a refreshing feel to the face and limits the amount of excess oil produced by the skin. When tried, my friend said the moisturiser didn't make her face feel too oily and was just a gentle moisture to her face.
Spot Prone Skin
I feel your pain, I really do. I always used to have the problem that as soon as I got rid of all the spots, they would all come back again with a vengeance.
Luckily for me, I have found the answer. Every morning and evening I use Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control which is a 3-in-1 daily cleansing lotion. Just apply to a cotton pad and wipe over face after washing your face. It feels really refreshing and gives a slight tingle, so it definitely feels like it is doing something! After using it for two days I already noticed a difference to my skin.
After using the toner, I then put Neutrogena's Visibly Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser. This moisturiser is extremely light, and as someone with dry skin it gives an extra bit of moisture, making your skin feel extremely smooth and soft. I have been using this alongside the toner and they seem to work extremely well together.
I advise using both of these products together, twice a day.
Redness and Sensitive Skin
I suffer from redness on my cheeks and chin which I find hard to cover with make up sometimes. A lot of foundations completely dry out my skin. I also find, tied in with my redness, I have really sensitive skin so sometimes products can make me flare up even more.
The answer for me was 17 Blemish Balm (BB) which comes in different tones which luckily matched my skin very well. BB has become pretty popular, and I'm sure lots of people have their own opinions about which brand is best, so do shop around in different brands. However, for me, brand 17 has been the best I've tried. It has SPF 25 and has ingredients that help minimise pores and prevent breakouts. This is absolutely perfect for me as it has calmed down my redness and doesn't make my skin flare up. It is also covers a lot of your blemishes without you having to put much on.
Sometimes it can be really hard to find products that give you a glow or just brighten up your skin.
A product I found from Lush called Eau Roma Water is a toner for dry to normal skin that refreshes your skin completely giving it a really nice overall look. I have also found in conjunction to this that it helps bring down the break out of spots and reduces any redness I have in the morning.
Another product I have found is The Body Shop's Vitamin C Skin Reviver, which is intended for a base before putting on your make up. I have found this evens out my skin base and gives your face a lovely soft feel. It provides a good base for your make up and also smells lush! Sometimes I find I don't need to put as much make up on to brighten up my face after use.