Your skin is your largest organ and is your body’s outermost defense against intrusions. The better you take care of your skin, the better it will look and function today and in the future. But with so many products on the market, how do you choose? Here is a guide to selecting the perfect skin care routine for you.

First Things First: Know Your Skin Type

When looking at all the options, it is important to know your skin type so you can select the appropriate products.

  • Dry skin produces less sebum, which can leave skin feeling rough, flaky, and dull. It may also feel tight and even itch or crack.
  • Oily skin produces an abundance of sebum and is shiny and feels greasy, often with enlarged pores. Those with oily skin tend to be more acne-prone.
  • Combination skin has patches of dry skin and oily skin. Typically, the T-zone (chin, nose and forehead) are oilier than the rest of the face.
  • Normal skin is balanced and smooth with few blemishes.
  • Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch when products are applied. Fragrances and certain chemicals are particularly irritating to sensitive skin.
  • Aging skin begins to lose its elasticity and may hang more loosely and become thinner and fragile. It is also more prone to discolorations and bruising.

Order is Important

When it comes to a skin care routine, order is important. Our skin does an excellent job of keeping things out, so only a small amount of what you apply will actually penetrate to deeper layers. If you don’t apply products in the correct order, you won’t see the best results from whatever regimen you choose.

In general, apply products with the thinnest consistency first. You also want to first use the products with ingredients that are most important to penetrate into the skin, such as antioxidants in serums. Finish with thicker, heavier products that need to sit on top of the skin, like emollients and humectants in moisturizers.

Always start with a cleanser. Pat your face dry and apply a toner. Toner is important for balancing pH. Next, apply antioxidant serum and/or eye cream. Then apply any other treatments, such as acne cream, anti-aging serum, etc. Finally, finish with a moisturizer. Many women prefer a lighter moisturizer during the day and a more intensive moisturizer at night. In the morning, it is wise to follow the moisturizer with a layer of sunscreen.

Unless you are in a hurry, it is a good idea to allow each layer to penetrate for a few minutes before applying the next one. And ideally, you would wait 20-30 minutes before applying make up. But I know most women don’t have the luxury of spending up to an hour on their daily skin care process. If that’s you, just apply each layer and you will be fine.

Pick Your Skin Care Regimen

Everyone’s skin is unique. Selecting the perfect skin care routine is individual to each person. The guidelines below are just a few suggestions of where to begin if you are trying to decide the best products for you. Find what you like and what works for you and stick with it. Fortunately all of the Young Living products are free from chemical irritants and are suitable for sensitive skin.

Dry Skin

  • ART Gentle Cleanser – daily use
  • ART Intensive Moisturizer – daily use
  • ART Refreshing Toner – daily use
  • Essential Beauty Serum – daily use
  • Satin Facial Scrub – use a few times weekly to exfoliate

Oily Skin, Including Teenagers

  • Orange Blossom Face Wash – daily use
  • Orange Blossom Moisturizer – daily use
  • ART Refreshing Toner – daily use
  • ART Renewal Serum – daily use
  • Charcoal Bar Soap – for particularly oily skin
  • Satin Facial Scrub – use a few times weekly to exfoliate
  • Acne Treatment – spot treatment

Normal & Combination Skin

  • ART Gentle Cleanser – daily use
  • ART Light Moisturizer – daily use
  • ART Refreshing Toner – daily use
  • ART Renewal Serum – daily use
  • Satin Facial Scrub – use a few times weekly to exfoliate
  • ART Intensive Moisturizer – use on problem dry areas
  • Acne Treatment – spot treatment for occasional blemishes

Aging Skin

  • ART Gentle Cleanser – daily use
  • Sheerlumé – daily use in the morning
  • ART Creme Masque – daily use in the evening
  • ART Refreshing Toner – daily use
  • ART Renewal Serum – daily use
  • ART Beauty Masque – once weekly

Love makeup?

  • Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil – to remove makeup
  • Makeup Remover Wipes – for on-the-go make up removal
  • ART Light Moisturizer – apply before make up as a base to keep make up fresh longer

Sun Care

  • Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 10 – apply to face daily for added protection
  • Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 – apply liberally before going out in the sun
  • LavaDerm After Sun Spray – apply after sun exposure

Skin Care For Men

  • Shutran Bar Soap or Charcoal Bar Soap – daily use
  • Shutran Shave Cream
  • Shutran After Shave Lotion
  • Shutran Beard Oil
  • Acne Treatment – spot treatment for occasional blemishes

What is your skin type and favorite product to support it? Comment below to share!

Want to learn more about the skin’s important function and why the products you choose matter? Then check out this post: Skin Permeability: Why you should worry about what you are putting on your body’s largest organ.

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