How do I Choose the Best Complexion Treatment?

B. Miller

To choose the best complexion treatment, you will want to consider the type of skin you have and any particular complexion issues that you want to deal with. For instance, begin by determining if your skin is oily, dry, or normal, and if it is acne prone or relatively blemish free. If you have any particular conditions that affect the complexion, such as rosacea, you will want to consider a complexion treatment that helps to treat this. You will also want to consider any skin sensitivities or allergies.

Exfoliation is often used to scrub away dead skin cells and leave the skin glowing.
Exfoliation is often used to scrub away dead skin cells and leave the skin glowing.

If you have oily or sensitive skin, choosing a good complexion treatment is very important. Choose an oil-free complexion treatment that gently moisturizes without weighing heavily on the skin. Sensitive skinned people may want to choose a fragrance free treatment as well, or one that is designed for sensitive skin. If you have skin allergies, be sure to choose a complexion treatment that is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, and even then, be sure to test it on a small area of the skin first because it still may cause an allergic reaction.

For skin that is dry and prone to redness, you might want to choose a more moisturizing treatment. Blemish prone skin may respond well to complexion treatments that include acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It may be a good idea to use two different moisturizers for daytime and evening; choose one for day that includes a sunscreen, and choose one that is deeply moisturizing and contains antioxidants for nighttime. A daily moisturizer is probably the most important complexion treatment you can purchase, so be sure to find one that complements your skin type and improves the look and feel of your skin. It generally takes about two weeks to determine whether a moisturizer is a good choice for you, unless it causes an immediate allergic reaction.

Of course, moisturizer is only one aspect of complexion treatment. Face wash is another; you may choose one with small exfoliating beads if you are prone to blemishes, or a gentle one for sensitive skin. Scrubbing pads for the face may also be used to help clarify skin and remove makeup. A complexion mist to be used throughout the day can help to remove oil and refresh the skin, giving it a more glowing appearance. Toner is another product that can help to improve the complexion; this product tends to be quite drying and is a good choice for people with acne or with very oily skin.

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