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April 2, 2012

Skin Type 101: What You Are and How to Care for It

By Mercedes Sanchez

With so many products out there, choosing the right one for your sensitive skin can be challenging. I like to review new products and makeup on BeChicMag.com, but sometimes we have to bring it back to basics. Before I recommend anything else, let’s talk about you! Do you know your skin type? Don’t fret if you’re in between, or not too sure.

Take a look below where I help identify your skin.

Oily skin causes your skin to look shiny and the excess oil can cause breakouts. Treating oily skin begins with washing your face every morning and night with a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. Many drugstore cleansers contain soap which can cause the production of more oil. Suggestion: Try Simple Skincare’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. It’s a no-soap facial wash and includes vitamins and no dyes or perfumes. Don’t be afraid of using a moisturizer; in fact, it’s essential. Just add a light lotion on a few minutes after cleansing.

Dry skin forms for different reasons such as cold temperatures, genetics, etc. For severe dry skin and signs of conditions like eczema, I recommend you consult your doctor or dermatologist. But for soothing mild dry skin, I recommend using a nourishing cleanser like Simple’s Moisturizing Facial Wash. This one comes with Pro-Vitamin B5 which is known to restore and soften the skin and Vitamin E which moisturizes. Drinking water also helps soothe dry skin.

Are you breakout prone? My sensitive skin tends to break out when I don’t eat well and during stress. In addition to monitoring what you eat and sleeping well, I recommend removing all makeup before bed with these Cleansing Facial Wipes. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before leaving the house, especially if you have dark spots from previous zits. The Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 moisturizes and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Tell us, what’s your skin type and how do you treat it?

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This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the Simple Skincare Program. Visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.


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Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez is an on-air style and beauty expert, spokesperson, and the founder of BeChicMag.com — a lifestyle blog covering fashion, beauty, and travel. She's offered style and beauty tips on NBC, CBS, BET, HuffPo, Telemundo and Univision. Contact: mercedes[at]bechicmag[dot]com.

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