skin type imageBetween soothing this and hydrating that, it’s tough to keep track of what really works for your skin type. Want to give your complexion the ultimate makeover for 2015? Let these quick tips guide the way.

If your skin is normal or combination:

• You need a cleanser that pulls double duty for both the oily and dry aspects of your face. A mild foaming wash should do the trick – it’ll clear your pores without stripping away too much oil – but a gentle glycolic acid can work wonders with fine lines and blemishes.

• Don’t worry about doubling up on the day moisturizers. A lightweight, oil-free option will work for your entire face, and you can target any problem areas with a retinol-based night cream. Keep it mild; your skin may not be sensitive, but it still needs some TLC.

If your skin is oily:

• You can handle slightly heavier chemicals, but don’t go crazy. Too many drying products – or too little moisturizer – can make your sebaceous glands respond by over-producing oil. Salicylic acid is especially effective at dissolving dirt and preventing breakouts.

• Steer clear of anything that isn’t labeled non-comedogenic. This term means that a product won’t clog your pores, so it’s incredibly important in terms of beating those breakouts. Look for it on everything from cleansers and moisturizers to everyday cosmetics.

If your skin is dry or mature:

• Consider experimenting with essential oils, or search for moisturizers that contain a blend. Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli can be particularly great for both hydration and age-related damage.

• Refresh your face with regular exfoliation. Gentle is the way to go – you don’t want to damage already fragile skin – but an exfoliating facial and hydrating mask can help slough off cells and restore that glow every few months.

If your skin is sensitive:

• We have three words for you: natural, natural and natural. Anything with harsh chemicals or fragrances can send your skin into panic mode, so stick with products that err on the side of organic. Chamomile, oatmeal and feverfew are especially soothing.

• Don’t limit the fragrance-free rule to your face. Some people are just as sensitive to products like hairspray, so pay attention to the ingredients of anything that goes near your skin before you hit the checkout counter.

Need some one-on-one guidance? Give your skin the attention it deserves by booking a consultation with the specialists at Bella Vita.