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Skincare Regimes (OILY vs DRY)

Skincare Regimes OILY vs DRY
Written by Kim MADI

Most people will have skin types that fall into one of the following categories: oily, dry, sensitive, normal/combination. A person’s skin type can change over time and skincare will also need to change in response to this.

OILY SKIN

Oily skin types often have visible pores, shiny or thick skin, and a predisposition to blackheads and other blemishes. It can change under the influence of weather and hormones.


This is one I can certainly relate to on a personal level, having had oily skin and the tendency to break out for most of my adult life. So for any of you suffering from bumpy, shiny skin and pores the size of planets, I’m right there with you.
But fear not! Here’s an example skincare plan for oily skin:

AM routine

  • Cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Antioxidant serum (if ageing is a concern)
  • Moisturizer with SPF or sunscreen
  • Make-up

PM routine

  • Double cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Spot treatments, if needed (e.g. retinoid)
  • No need for night cream unless skin is dry or tight

DRY SKIN

At the other end of the spectrum from oily skin, another very common issue is dry skin. This brings its own set of woes, but also specific ways of successfully managing them.


With dry skin, there is a tendency towards redness, scaly patches and the feeling of tightness. Pore size is very small but there are visible lines and the skin can be rough, itchy or flaky, and feel irritated. It is often worse in the winter months as it is aggravated by cold and windy weather conditions. This is also the time of year when we switch on the central heating, which further zaps the moisture from our skin. Furthermore, skin can become drier with age, particularly after the menopause.
If you do have dry skin, it needs to be looked after carefully. Avoid long, hot showers that can strip the skin further of moisture. Use gentle soaps and cleansers and avoid unnecessary exfoliation, which will only lead to further irritation. Scrubs, wash cloths and other cleansing devices can potentially aggravate dryness. Opt for rich-textured moisturizers or ointments and use as often as necessary to keep your skin feeling soft and supple.
An example skincare plan for dry skin:

AM routine

  • Cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Hydrating antioxidant serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Make-up

PM routine

  • Cleanse
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer

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Kim MADI

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