Your skin changes as you age. Besides the seasonal differences of dryness and oiliness that can be caused by cold weather or sweating in the heat your hormones can make your face and body feature many different skin conditions.
Combination Skin on the Face
You may have always had either a dry or oily complexion and years ago you probably found the perfect product for your exact skin type. As you're aging you may suddenly find that there are super dry areas of your face, or locations that are suddenly developing blackheads and greasiness. This means it's time to look at some different skin care products.
When you are dealing with different conditions on your face its important to find a gentle cleanser that will clean deep down without irritating your skin. Don't lock yourself into one product- your skin will continue to change and you'll need to change your product as you notice different conditions. Facial cleansers are important- don't skimp on your cleanser and never, ever use plain old bath soap on your face. I've found a few products that seem to work for the acne prone "sideburn" areas and my super dry- flaking nose all at once. I love the EmerginC pomegranate gel cleanser, it is natural, refreshing, gentle and meets my varying needs.
Changing skin often leaves debris and dead cells behind as well as dirt and oils that build up and leave your face looking dull and sallow. It's important to exfoliate to remove this buildup. Exfoliation is wonderful for your skin whether it is dry or oily, acne prone or just a wild jumble of conditions. My favorite exfoliation product is a simple drugstore find, St. Ives Apricot Scrub is gentle, effective and leaves even the driest patches on my face feeling smooth and supple.
Choosing a moisturizer can be difficult when you're dealing with dry patches, oil slicks and sensitive areas on your face. I've found that a natural product is often the best choice to provide moisture without increasing oiliness or irritating dry areas. Aveeno Naturals line has moisturizers that are wonderful for your face and body no matter what your skin type.
As your skin ages you will have to try new products, deal with a variety of skin conditions and adapt not only your skin care regimen but also your makeup and overall health habits to prevent skin problems and remedy existing issues.
My name is Suz and I'm just an everyday woman who is trying to figure out when exactly I turned old. I'm not a doctor or an expert- what I am is a woman who wants to know for myself and to share what I learn with other women.
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