1st: Look at your skin type….and be honest. The guideline to good skin care is knowing how your skin feels after every step in your skin care routine, from cleansing, to scrubs, to toner, to moisturizer. You want your skin to feel normal, soft, perfect, after every step.
If you’re feeling any tightness, your product has too much alcohol in it. Keep looking, or dilute it down with water.
Is your skin feeling slippery, or like velvet? It may have too much oil, whether it’s natural or synthetic in the product.
Skin care can really fool you into how your skin should feel with it’s ingredients. What you really want to see, is how does your skin feel normally, without anything? That’s the true test of what your skin type is. How does your skin feel after you’ve washed your face at night, but didn’t apply moisturizer? If your skin feels tight right away, you might be using too strong a cleanser, or one with too much alcohol in it. Also, using skin care in excess can actually make a skin problem worse. By drying out oily skin with toners and deep cleansers, you actually condition your skin to produce more oil to compensate for the tightness it feels. You think it worked, only to find out 2-3 hours later, that your skin is oilier that before.
Another rule is to get your skin care routine down, so your makeup doesn’t have to act as it. Keep the two separate. Foundation really isn’t moisturizer. Eye shadows are not meant to moisturize skin around the eyes. Lipstick shouldn’t be thought of as chap stick. Keep the two separate. Skin care is meant to take care of your skin, makeup is to enhance it.