How to Find the Perfect Skincare for Your Skin Concerns
One thing we know for sure is that skin textures can vary from person to person. In fact, skin textures can vary on one person depending on the season, environment, diet and stress.
The Myth of Perfect Skin
Although “perfect skin” is something we all aspire to, that silky-smooth texture with luminous glow is only seen in fairytales (and edited instagram photos). “Real” skin has pores and breakouts and redness, but each skin concern can be made better by the right routine and skincare products. Although the concept of a good skincare routine can be daunting (no, you don’t need 18 night serums!), after truly understanding your skin and by using curated products, you'll be able to navigate the realm of the-best-skin-of-your-life.
So, how do you get there?
It’s all about understanding your skin type
The most crucial aspect in selecting which skincare products would work best for you, according to a bazillion cosmetic dermatologists, is your skin type - more specifically, your skin concerns. The products that work for dry skin may not work for rosacea, and skincare products made for oily skin may not work well with hormonal acne prone skin.
To determine which skin type you have, ask yourself these questions:
Do I have oily skin?
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located under the skin's surface. Sebum is an oily substance made of fats. Sebum isn't all bad since it helps protect and moisturise your skin and keep your hair shiny and healthy.
It causes the skin to appear shiny and feel greasy—especially throughout the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin).
The best products for oily skin
Choose those comprising alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid if you have oily skin. These chemicals are efficient at controlling excess sebum production, whilst hyaluronic acid provides hydration only where it is required.
We recommend the Elesya Skincare Hyaluronic Acid.
Do I have dry skin?
Dry skin is likely to cause one or more of the following:
- A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming
- Skin that feels and looks rough
- Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
- Fine lines or cracks
The best products for dry skin
Look for products containing shea butter and lactic acid for dry skin. These compounds hydrate and gently exfoliate dry skin, keeping it looking radiant.
While cleaning dry skin, it is recommended that you use a mild cleanser that does not contain chemicals or perfumes. These chemicals can make you feel even more dehydrated. Wash your face gently, then rinse well with warm water. Hot water eliminates the natural oils from your face more quickly, so avoid it. Exfoliate once a week to remove dry skin cells. Use the Quench Hydrating Moisturiser as It will improve the appearance of your skin by making it more precise and more even.
Do I have sensitive skin?
People with sensitive skin have local and fast reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in skincare products that come into contact with their skin.
They may also get rashes or irritation from clothing or friction. Some people are allergic to certain substances and may react on their skin.
The best products for sensitive skin
Look for products that contain aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter if you have sensitive skin. They are effective moisturisers that rarely cause breakouts.
We recommend the Fruit Enzyme Gel Cleanser.
Do I have skin prone to adult acne?
Adult acne is acne that generally occurs after age 25. For the most part, the same factors that cause acne in adolescents are doing their thing in adult acne. The four determinants that directly correlate to adult acne are: excess oil production, pores becoming clogged by "sticky" skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.
The best products for adult acne
Any products that are natural and soothing work great for adult acne.
We highly recommend the Adult Acne Bundle which includes the Fruit Enzyme Gel Cleanser, Blemish Remover, Quench Hydrating Moisturiser and Pink Clay Mask.
Do I have dull skin?
Dull skin is skin that lacks radiance and appears flat and without any glow. Unlike radiant skin which is more translucent and reflects light evenly, dull skin often has an uneven skin tone or texture which causes light to reflect less evenly.
The best products for dull skin
The best thing for dull skin, without fail, is hydration. Upping your water intake will really help. Using products with hydration and nourishing oils is also recommended.
For products, we recommend the Glow Bundle. This has all of our moisturising products that will replenish your skin.
The order of skincare products in your routine is important
After you've determined the best products for your skin, you need to ensure that you are applying them to your skin in the right order. Applying products in the wrong order won’t do damage to your skin, but it will waste your money and efforts because the skin care won’t be as effective.
For the best orders, look at Elesya Skincare’s bundles page. Each bundle has information about the frequency of use and the order to apply.