Skincare, it’s for everyone

Shop skincare. Skincare is so important for many reasons. Caring for your skin will have long-term benefits and prevent the signs of aging. The right skin care routine will have your skin looking youthful, radiant, and clear.
So you don’t have a skincare routine, but you want to start and you’re a little confused about where to start. We get it!
With so many products on the market, how do you know which skincare products are right for you? If you want to start taking your skincare seriously, keep reading on and our experts will cover the basics of skincare 101.

What is my skin type?
Before you go and load up your shopping cart, you need to know what skin type you have.
We’ve broken down the main skin types to help you figure out which one you have:

Normal Skin-
Your skin is neither oily nor dry. Sebum production is well balanced and blood circulation is great

Oily skin-
Your skin appears oily. This is caused by the overproduction of sebum. You are also prone to breakouts

Dry skin-
Your skin is irritable and feels tight. You might also have flakey skin and dry patches.

Combination skin-
Your skin is a mixture of both oily and dry. You might find that your t-zone is oily, and the rest of your skin is dry

Sensitive skin-
Your skin reacts to many hair care, cosmetics, and skincare products. Your skin might also react to spicy foods and other environmental factors. Often itchy and irritable.

Now that you are able to identify your skin type, let’s move on to selecting products that are right for you.

Hello oily peeps, how you doin? If you feel like your skin is greasy and you’re struggling to get through the day without your makeup sliding off, just remember one thing. People with oily skin don’t age as fast as the people who are dry! You might also want to know that oil production tends to slow down as you get older. I guess this means that your best days are still to come.
But in the meantime, a good skincare routine for oily skin will help you reduce that level of shine and keep those breakouts under control.
Finding a good quality cleanser is a lifesaver. It is important to find a cleanser that cleans your face without stripping too much oil. That squeaky clean feeling after a deep clean is actually not good for those with oily skin. Removing too much oil will make you even more oily so it’s a battle you just can’t win.
Using a gentle cleanser that is made for oily skin is the best option. Don’t be scared to use an oil-based cleaner. Yes, that’s right, using oil to clean oil. It sounds insane, right? But science backs this theory and it totally works! Oil breaks down oil but it’s not too harsh so the balance of your skin won’t be disrupted.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good quality moisturiser. Good quality does not mean expensive, Black Swallow stocks a large variety of cheap and affordable moisturisers that work well. One of the main reasons for excessive sebum production is dehydration of the skin. That’s right, you can actually have oily and dehydrated skin at the same time. It is best to choose a lightweight moisturiser and serum to ensure your skin is properly hydrated. You may not know this, but there are mattifying moisturisers that keep your skin as shine-free as possible.

Now for all the DRY people at the back, put your hands up!
We all know how irritating dry skin can be. Dry skin flakes off, the dry patches cling onto makeup, your face always feels tight and uncomfortable, you show signs of aging faster, it’s just a lose-lose skin-tuation all around.
Choosing the right products can make a world of difference. The key to beautifully hydrated skin is in the product! Always choose a cream or ointment rather than a lotion. Some key ingredients that make a moisturiser good for people with dry skin are Jojoba oil, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid, Lactic acid, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, and Shea Butter. Black Swallow stocks an enormous range of skincare with all these key ingredients that are targeted to people with dry skin/very dry skin.
Always apply your creams or ointments right after you have a bath or shower so your skin does not get the opportunity to become dry and cracked. Hyaluronic acid benefits are quite impressive. Did you know that hyaluronic acid holds 1000x its own water weight? Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar that keeps the skin hydrated and plumped. Once you have your skin figured out, you’ll start to feel a lot more comfortable in your own skin, literally!