On my last blog post I discussed the different skin types - Oily, Dry, Combination and Normal and I hope you have a better understanding of what your skin type is, and that you have started to build your routine around this.
Today I’m discussing Skin Concerns. It’s important not to get Skin Concerns and Skin Types confused with one and other when it comes to care and treatment. Skin Concerns include things like wrinkles, aging, acne, sensitivity, hyper pigmentation, dark circles etc. these can span across the different skin types. For example, many people think acne prone skin is a skin type; however, all skin types can suffer with acne.
Skin Conditions can also change over time due to many different reasons; environment, health, age, hormonal changes etc. For example, your skin may suffer with dryness in the winter time and you may find yourself using a richer moisturiser. This would be an environmental change and would not define your Skin Type. If you suffer with dryness all year round, then your Skin Type would be dry.
You should always base your skincare routine around your Skin Type, however, you will need some products to tackle your Skin Concerns. A great time to do this in your routine is at Step 6 of your 10 Step Routine. This is the treatment step where you can use the products that are made specifically to deal with your skin concern.
Ok, so let’s look at the more common skin concerns:
Acne & Blemishes
Acne is a very common skin concern, particularly among teenagers. It usually appears when hormones begin to change at adolescence. It also affects people way into their adult life as well. Depending on its severity, acne can be very tough to tackle for some people, it can be irritating and painful and also leave scaring. ( I will discuss acne in more detail in a separate post)
We recommend the following products for acne/blemished skin:
Innisfree Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Mamonde Pore Clean Toner
Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask
Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin
Dry Skin (As a Skin Concern)
Dry Skin can be extremely uncomfortable, it can be itchy, flaky and feel tight. Dry Skin appears more often in the winter time but it can also appears for many other reasons.
Our top recommended products for Dry Skin:
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
There’s a reason why this little bottle of magic is a cult classic and Innisfree’s bestseller, it’s because it’s enriched with 16 amino acids, organic Jeju Green Tea and Green Tea Seeds that penitrate the layers of the skin leaving the skin deeply hydrated. Not only that but the Green Seed Oil creates a moisture barrier to keep the skin hydrated for longer. It’s a must for dry skin and a favorite in the K-Beauty world!
Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream
The twice enhanced moisturising effects of the hibiscus flower and Mamonde’s exclusively developed Ceramide PC-104 strengthen the skins moisture barrier. Making this perfect for dry skin.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
The lightweight, gel-textured overnight mask Enriched with Beta-glucan deeply hydrates fatigued & dry skin. Formulated with Ceramide SLN formula to consolidate the skin's barrier. Wake up with deeply hydrated skin in the a.m. We absolutely love this!
View all products for Dry Skin here
Aging (Lines & Wrinkles)
As one of the most common signs of skin aging, lines and wrinkles may begin to appear in your 20s or 30s. With age, your skin naturally becomes dryer and losses elactisity, causing lines and creases. Sun exposure and other environmental factors such as smoking and stress can also contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.
What we recommend:
Innisfree Wrinkle Science Spot Treatment
Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Serum
View all anti-aging products here
If you have sensitive skin, your skin may be easily irritated and react to certain products resulting in redness, burning, or itching. If your reactions are particularly severe, it’s advisable to contact your GP as you may require medication. Mild reactions, however, can usually be soothed at home using the correct products and products specifically designed for sensitive skin.
Mamonde Rose Water Toner
Skin texture refers to the skins surface condition. Good skin texture is generally soft, smooth, well hydrated and uneven skin tone can be course, rough, dull, dry and skin damaged. Uneven skin texture can be a result of enlarged pores, acne, acne scaring, dry skin etc.
Pigmentation is a tricky skin condition and generally there is no quick fix for this. Pigmentation can be caused genetic predisposition as well as hormonal changes. It can also be made worse by exposure to UV light which causes the formation of melanin - the monocule responsible for skin colour.
Blemishes occur in the cells and structures within the skin. Blemishes include pigment variations, inflammation with redness and swelling, bumps of varying sizes and coloration with or without infection; scars; veins near the surface of the skin; and dryness with scaling or flaky skin. Proper skin care and cosmetic choices should be oil-free or marked non-comedogenic. Blemishes may involve dry skin requiring a moisturising or oil-based lotion or cream.
The delicate skin around the eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, and as you get older, the tissues and muscles supporting your eyes weaken and may start to sag. Without good skin care targeted around the eye area, fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffiness may begin to appear. The best way to treat these concerns is to provide your skin with the right blend of ingredients to help it restore, revitalize and improve the delicate under eye area.