Common skin problems and solutions

Apr 15, 2014
What kind of skin problem are you facing now? Do you feel no matter what kind of skin care product you use, there seems to be little/no improvement at all?!

Then check these 3 lists below, and find the solutions which suit you the best! Note that the solutions are based on my own experiment with some knowledge I read from experts over the years, but I am not citing any scientific proofs or supporting documents on these. 

Type 1: Dehydration:
Dehydrated skin is characterized by lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum, and it could further lead to aging and all other skin problems.
- Surface of skin looks and feels rough
- Slight to severe flaking and scaling, especially around nose and lips area
- Feeling of tightness or tautness, especially around eyes
- Obvious fine lines

Type 2: Poor Circulation:
Often caused by stress, irregular lifestyle coupled with unhealthy diet.
- Unflattering / dull skin tone
- Skin discoloration
- Acne and problematic skin with slow heeling of scars
- Swelling, especially around eyes and chin

Type 3: Damaged skin:
Skin's protective barrier is damaged, and skincare products are not well absorbed.
- Irritations due to cold weather conditions
- Dry skin with feeling of tightness, but skin surface appears a little oily
- Redness with visible blood vessels 


Solution to Type 1: Liquid Activator

Many people have the wrong concept that since their skin look and feel rough, it means they need a  good exfoliator. Our skin renews itself about every 30 days, if the old cells remain on the surface and build up, yes we will feel roughness. But besides over-exfoliating our skin, another better solution, is to apply liquid activator before all other skin care products, and give skin a good moisture.To do this, apply a good hydrating toner/essence after cleansing your face, with a piece of cotton pad, wipe the entire face gently.

Recommended products besides what I love to use in the picture:
- Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
- Neutrogena Hydro Booster Treatment Lotion
- Loreal Paris Hydra Fresh Mask-In Lotion
- Ettusais Skin Version Up

Solution to Type 2: Emulsion/Lotion Activator 

A new concept of applying a good lotion before toner, to soften the skin and allows the oil in the lotion to penetrate into skin first and moisture all skin cells. The lipid in the lotion promotes better circulation and helps to keep moisture in skin.

Recommended products besides what I love to use in the picture:
- Naruko Lupin Anti-Wrinkle Firming Toning Emulsion
- Avene Hydrance Light Hydrating Cream
- L'occitane Angelica Milky Lotion

Solution to Type 3: Oil-based Activator
Oil-based activator helps to regulate sebum secretion and accelerates skin’s restorative functions. Most people have an impression that such products are oily and sticky, which is totally not suitable for damaged skin that tends to appear oily on the surface. So the key is to make sure you rub the product in your palms to activate the ingredients in it, and apply gently with pressure and massage slowly till it's fully absorbed by your skin.

I do not have such skin concerns so the products I used are not the real oil-based activator, but they are richer in texture compared to my daily skin care. So you might want to refer to the following list instead but if you need a special treat for your skin once a while, these 2 products are still as great! And a personal advice, consult a licensed skin doctor if you are facing such skin problem for a long time!

Recommended products besides what I love to use in the picture:
- Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil
- Clarins Double Serum
- Dr.Wu Intensive Repairing Serum with Squalane
- Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil

On a side note, I've developed a habit to put on a piece of sheet mask in the morning, right after washing my face, remove after 10-15 minutes and wipe off the leftovers with toner, then apply my skin care products and make up if any. That is the fastest solution to most of my skin problems, or if not, at least helps to give my skin a healthy glow.. Give it a try!