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Embrace Your Beauty: Skincare Tips that Complement Your Personal Need

Dipping into the world of skincare can at first seem daunting and complicated. With the endless advice and trends circling the web, it takes a while to figure out where to start. But at the end of the day, the goal is simple.

You do skincare to let your inner beauty shine through.

Because when you feel good on the outside, it also boosts you up from within. But to do this, you must acknowledge that your skin has specific needs to be fulfilled. As early as now, you must realize that there is no one-size-fits-all skincare regimen. What works for others may not work the same on you.

Your skincare journey is one that you must keep on discovering. But you don't need to sail off blindly. We're here to guide you through.

First on the agenda: determining your skin type.

The best way to go is to drop a visit to your dermatologist. Doing this allows you to get an accurate diagnosis that makes it significantly easier on your end. But you can also do a personal examination of your skin and learn more about yourself in the process. At a glance, your skin can be one of five skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive. Here are the telling signs of each type and a few tips for managing each case.

Oily skin

This skin type is more frequent in adolescents and people under 30 years old. The telltale sign is having a porous and noticeable shine on the cheeks, forehead, and nose area. Those who have oilier skin are prone to clogged pores and acne breakouts. But there is also a benefit with this skin type. Having more oil helps to preserve the skin and prevent wrinkles. Like all things, the key is balance.

You need to cleanse enough to curb excess grease while not completely drying out your skin.

A straightforward tip would be to look for oil-free and water-based products. You won't benefit from exposing your skin to more oil-based skincare. Clean pores are healthy pores, so look for gentle face cleansers that remove dirt and impurities without disrupting your skin's natural moisture. You may also need to cleanse twice a day to ensure your face stays clear and fresh.

Avène Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser

This lightweight and soap-free cleanser from the French skincare brand is an absolute dream. It gently washes the day's filth off your face and leaves you with hydrated and smooth skin.

Avène Cleanance Solaire SPF50+

Pair your oil-free facial cleanser with a long-lasting sunscreen that protects your face from harmful UV exposure. Cleanance Solaire is a sebum-regulating product which means it provides a lovely mattifying effect.

Dry skin

Having this skin type can be caused by one or a combination of factors like your age, where you live, and your time outdoors. Having dry skin is often temporary, but sometimes it can also be a severe case that requires a professional's help.

Common signs that you might have this skin type is when your skin looks rough, flaky, or appear to have fine lines. You'll want to keep your skin moisturized and away from hot showers. Look for fragrance-free products to minimize redness and irritation. You may also want to consider no-rinse facial cleansers.

Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser

Leave your skin feeling soft and supple with this gentle no-rinse cleanser. It replenishes your skin's moisture while providing additional antioxidant protection.

Avène Gentle Toning Lotion

This unique bi-phase toner calms and soothes the skin after cleansing. Apply using a cotton pad to protect your skin from external aggressors.

Combination skin

This skin type can be especially tricky to care for. Having combination skin means you're exhibiting characteristics of both dry and oily skin. The area with more oil is often the T-zone, while the rest of the face can be normal and dry. You can bet this skin type's often the reason for visiting the dermatologist.

As a general tip, you'd want to treat the T-zone area as you would oily skin. And provide hydration on dry and tight areas. Dermatologists also recommend exfoliating every other day to prevent clogged pores. All of these can sound a bit fussy and confusing, but you don't need to worry. There are products specifically formulated to treat this skin type.

Avène Cleanance Skin Refining Serum

Formulated for oily to combination skin, this non-sticky serum helps tighten pores and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Applying this serum leaves the skin mattified, hydrated, and luminous.

Avène Hydrance Optimale UV SPF20

As the last step for your skincare routine, this both hydrates and protects you from the sun. Its formula contains sebum-absorbing capsules that purify and mattify the skin's appearance.

Sensitive skin

There can be several symptoms that allude to sensitive skin. It can be redness, dryness, or when your skin easily reacts to new products. Skin sensitivity can range from mild to very irritable, which can be due to chronic conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

The general rule for highly reactive skin is to look for products with fewer ingredients. This minimizes the chances of your skin reacting negatively to a product. For cleansers, choose a no-rinse product like micellar water that gently lifts the dirt and grime from your face.

Avène Micellar Lotion

Specifically designed for sensitive skin, this micellar lotion cleanses and removes make-up in one convenient step. It's also naturally soothing, thanks to the properties of Avène's widely acclaimed Thermal Spring Water.

Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion

For hypersensitive skin, you may want to get your hands on this remarkable wipe-off formula. Gently massage the product onto your skin in a circular motion to cleanse and use a cotton pad to finish the process. It's formulated with minimal ingredients that are designed to calm the skin while restoring its protective barrier.

Finding your skincare line-up will require you to be more attentive to your needs. It means listening to what your skin and body are telling you. And although this may take practice and a bit of help, it's also the first step to embracing your unique beauty. Start with Avène's delicate line of skin essentials and discover what it means to own your glow. — (TGM)

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