Purchasing skin care products can be overwhelming. There are so many different options for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin – it’s not crazy to ask yourself what all these labels really mean! While it’s not always easy, in the end it pays to do your research and choose the right product for your skin type. These five tips will help point you in the right direction.

1. First and foremost, know your skin!

Dry skin is often flaky, scaly or rough. On the bright side, you rarely or never get those annoying mid-day grease spots!
Oily skin is shiny, greasy, and may have large, visible pores. But don’t fret – when under control, your skin has a beautiful, healthy glow!
Combination skin can be dry in some spots, like your cheeks, but oily in other areas like the forehead, nose, and chin. Don’t worry though – it’s nothing a good skin care routine can’t fix!
Sensitive skin may experience surface irritation like burning, stinging or itching after applying makeup or other products. That means your skin is craving moisture!
Normal skin generally means your face is clear, balanced and not sensitive. With proper skin care, you can amplify your already beautiful complexion!

Our Recommendation:

Everyone’s skin is unique and these five broad categories can leave a lot of us guessing what products are just right. For individual questions about your skin, always consult your dermatologist.

2. Cleanse morning and night.

Don’t just use any kind of soap - your face is delicate! Find a cleanser that works well for your skin type and then commit to a morning and evening routine. Be gentle, don’t scrub too rough, always rinse with plenty of warm water, and pat dry. If you have dry skin, products that contain alcohol can dry it out even more so it’s best to steer clear!

Our Recommendation:

Auspect’s Total Clean is a good option for many different skin types, including dry skin. It exfoliates and removes imbedded dirt, makeup and excess oil, while its calming botanical ingredients gently soothe your skin.

3. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

At any age and for any skin type, a good moisturizer is key. But be warned – not all moisturizers are created equal! If you have dry skin, choose a powerful moisturizer to help lock in moisture and replenish your skin’s nutrients. Follow similar advice to support anti-aging; a rich, hydrating moisturizer helps restore and revitalize mature skin.

Our Recommendation:

Try a nutrient rich moisturizer like Auspect’s Hydrate Plus. It’s perfect for oily or combination skin because it’s lightweight which means it won’t clog pores.

4. Go ahead, sample a serum:

If you’ve always stuck to the basics like cleanser and moisturizer, it can be overwhelming and even a little scary to add a new product to your routine. But facial serums are nothing to be afraid of! In fact, serums are often designed specifically to treat or address a specific condition, making it easy to “shop by concern” to find the right solution. And don’t be shy about committing to more than one – different serums work well in combination to infuse skin with the pure and active ingredients that your skin craves!

Our Recommendation:

An all-purpose serum like Auspect’s Vita B can turbo-charge your overall skin care routine to reduce the appearance of redness, imperfections and skin discoloration, leaving you with a firmer, smoother complexion.

5. Apply SPF every time you step outside.

You should never, ever go in the sun without protecting your skin. All it takes is 15 minutes for the sun to cause damage, and reversing the effects of harmful rays is much more difficult than preventing damage in the first place. No excuses!

Our Recommendation:

Shy away from SPFs that leave your skin feeling greasy or coated with white residue. Auspect’s Hydra Shield SPF 17 is a lightweight, super-hydrating lotion for day-time use on all skin types.