Five skincare tips as we approach winter. Image: Adobe Stock

Use the right skincare products to get your glow on and save money

Know your skin type so that you can buy the right skincare products to give you a dewy glow, and help you to save money at the same time.


Five skincare tips as we approach winter. Image: Adobe Stock

If you are a skin-product junkie, you’re probably tired of breaking the bank as you jump from one skincare brand or item to the next.

You might have tried many skincare products and just can’t find one which works for you. However, in many cases it’s not the product which is causing the hassle, it’s rather than you may be using the wrong skincare product for your skin.

There’s a science behind every skincare product as each range is formulated to cater for a particular skin type, and these have different properties, which take into account the needs of the skin type they are aimed at.

Buying an item that doesn’t cater for your skin type is the first mistake so it is important, from the get-go, to understand the skin you’re in.You need to know what it needs and how to set up your self-care routine to make sure your skin gets all the benefits it can from each product.

What is a skincare routine?

A daily skincare routine can range from basic to complicated c, it all depends on an individual’s skin care needs and concerns.

The basic, most common, skin care routine consists of the three-steps known as cleanse, tone and moisturise. There has been a rise in the number of people now including sunscreen in their routine because even if you do not live in a sunny climate, protection from the rays of the sun is important.

Cleansing, toning and moisturising plus protection from the sun are the pillars which support healthy, glowing skin. Although additions such as exfoliating agents, essences, serums and oils can be added, without the basics in place, these additional expensive efforts will be redundant.

Skin types

Before you spend any money, it is important to identify which skin type you are as products are formulated differently to cater for people with either oily, dry or normal/combination skin.

Each skin type results in different skin concerns, for instance, people with oily skin are more prone to acne as well as a greasy forehead and chin area. A person with oily skin would look for products with ingredients that will correct those concerns.

Let’s get into more detail about each skin type and which ingredients to look out for.

Dry skin

People with dry skin tend to feel tightness around their nose and mouth area. Their skin may appear dull and flaky. It is important that they look for specific ingredients when buying skincare products. Water and oil based formulations are ideal as they will hydrate the skin and keep moisture locked in.

Oily skin

Products which give a matt finish are an oily skin’s best friend since an oversupply of oil can lead to a shiny face, which these products will help to lessen. Foam and gel cleansers that are fragrance free and non-comedogenic and therefor do not clog pores, are ideal as they will gently cleanse without irritating acne or inflamed skin.

Moisturising with a product rich in Hyaluronic and salicylic acids will help treat affected areas and reduce future breakouts. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrator, while salicyclic acid is an exfoliant. Products infused with Vitamin C will also be ideal to help brighten up acne scarring.

Normal or combination skin

People with normal/combination skin often do not have the major skin concerns that people with oily or dry skin have, but they can suffer from uneven skin tone. Vitamin C serums are highly recommended to tackle this, along with a moisturiser with anti-aging active ingredients.


Even if you have dark skin, sunscreen is compulsory if you want to delay sun damage. Look for one with a high sun protection factor (SPF), and gentle enough to use on your face. Many moisturisers also contain a built-in SPF, so look around for one that is suitable for your skin type.

For major skin concerns, visit a health care facility or consult a dermatologist.