Good skin care should not be confusing or require multiple products just so you can feel clean. Despite the messages of advertisements and marketing schemes, most skin types only need a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer that incorporates anti-aging ingredients. There are, however, certain precautions that should be taken with some skin types, so it is important to know where your skin falls on the scale of oily and dry.

The best skin care routine is not about multi-step programs or facial peels. It is about providing quality attention and treatment for your type of skin so that it stays healthy and beautiful throughout your lifetime.

You should begin by figuring out your skin type. If your face feels parched and has rough patches or redness in some places, you most likely have dry skin. Sometimes you may experience flaking and irritation. Treatment for dry skin should focus on rich moisturizers that replace the moisture lacking in the skin. Cleansers should be gentle and never stripping. Add Omega-3 oils to your daily vitamins to nourish from the inside out.

If your skin is shiny all over or feels slick on the forehead, nose and chin area, congratulations, you have oily skin! It may not feel like it, but oily skin is really a blessing in disguise since it holds off wrinkles longer. With oily skin, it’s important to avoid sucking the oil out, you want to leave some behind to maintain your skins elasticity. Instead, use a mild facial wash that leaves the skin clean but not stripped.

Acne prone and mature skins are unique and can require special treatment. Mild cleaners are best for washing and moisturizers should be oil-free but tailored to meet the specific condition.

Giving your skin the best care possible is simple once you understand your type of skin. It can even become enjoyable as you use appropriate products and watch your skin improve.