The Ultimate Skincare Guide, Based on Skin Type

We all wish for a clear, smooth complexion but sometimes it isn’t that easy. Whether it is hormonal changes causing breakouts, new fine lines appearing on ageing skin, or cold weather causing flakiness, the majority of us have some sort of skin concern. The best that we can do is establish a good skincare routine and incorporate some healthy habits into our lifestyle to get our skin healthy and glowing!

To build an effective skincare routine, it’s so important that you know what your skin type is, as each comes with its own characteristics and needs. A combination skin type is going to need a very different set of skincare products than an oily skin type. La Mer Spa in Grand Cayman has put together this ultimate guide to skincare using their expert knowledge to help you first identify your specific skin type and secondly, care for your skin for years to come.

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Identify your skin type

  • Dry Skin is when the skin lacks moisture resulting in rough, itchy, or flaky patches of skin. For people with dry skin, they require skincare products that focus on hydration.
  • Oily Skin is when the glands in the skin produce excessive amounts of sebum. This can lead to clogged pores and acne. For people with oily skin, they require oil-free skincare products.
  • Combination Skin is a mixture of dry skin and oily skin. It can be characterized by an oily T-zone combined with dry patches on the cheeks. Combination skin needs a balanced approach to tackle the different skin concerns.

Five Tips for Looking After Every Skin Type

Eating healthy and having a balanced diet is extremely important to achieving glowing skin. Incorporating fatty fish, whole grains, and a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet ensures you are getting a rich supply of antioxidants, vital for healthy skin function. Vitamins and minerals regulate skin function and promote the production of healthy fibres in the dermal layer. 

Drinking two litres of water per day is one of the best things you can do for your skin, helping flush out harmful toxins and promoting skin elasticity. As we age, it’s harder for our body to retain water, so drinking enough water ensures that our skin stays hydrated. 

Exercise, in particular cardiovascular exercise, promotes oxygen-rich blood flow to the skin. This in turn encourages skin regeneration. 

Sleep is important for healthy skin and you should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep. In fact, scientific studies have shown that people who get this amount of sleep each night have better-moisturised skin. Lack of sleep is one of the causes of ageing skin.

SPF is an absolute must when it comes to looking after your skin. It helps to protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays which can damage your elastin and collagen leading to premature signs of ageing.

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Skincare Guide for Dry Skin

For dry skin, you’ll want to focus on nourishing your skin. Only cleanse your skin at night using a hydrating and gentle cleanser to stop the skin from drying out further. Make sure you use a rich moisturizer, day and night, and a hyaluronic acid, or ceramides-based serum to help lock in moisture. Lightly exfoliate once a week to promote cell turnover. Use a moisturizing and hydrating face mask on your skin two to three times per week.

Our Ageless Facial will help to inject some much-needed hydration back into your skin. This 50-minute treatment is a must-have for those worried about the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Our team of experts will customize your facial to your skin needs.

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Skincare Guide for Oily Skin

To reduce the excess production of sebum in oily skin, you need to ensure you are cleansing day and night with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Follow this by using a lightweight toner, moisturizer, and an oil-free SPF that won’t clog your pores. If you are acne-prone, incorporate products that have retinol, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide in them. These have all been scientifically proven to control oil production and help with breakouts. Exfoliate your skin and use a clay-based face mask, two to three times per week to help unclog pores.

Our highly-rated Purifying Facial will analyze your skin’s needs, and deeply purify and cleanse to reveal radiant skin. 

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Skincare Guide for Combination Skin 

For combination skin, you’ll need a varied approach. Use a mild, balancing cleanser and toner morning and night. Follow this with a lightweight moisturizer on areas that are oily and a thicker moisturizer on drier areas. Of course, you’ll want to pop on a lightweight SPF afterwards, one that doesn’t clog your pores, to protect from sun damage. 

Two to three times a week, gently exfoliate your skin to promote cell regeneration. Once a week, treat your skin with a face mask. Use a face mask that contains hyaluronic acid or salicylic acid on the areas that need a reduction in oil and another face mask with honey extract, coconut oil, almond oil, or vitamins, on the areas that need hydration.

If you have skin that can be quite sensitive, opt for our soothing facial, which incorporates a soothing gel mask to help calm and cleanse your skin. 

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Naturally, as we get older our skin type can change, therefore your skincare routine may have to be adapted in the future. Keep coming back to this ultimate skincare guide to help you navigate any new skin concerns that may crop up. We understand how important looking after your skin is, which is why we offer a range of Facial Treatments at Grand Cayman. If you have any questions about the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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