Skin Care

Put The Hydration Back On

In the world we live in we are taught from an early age that there are certain things that are "only for girls/ boys", but makeup can be an artistic expression that transcends gender. For the transgender community, this topic can be one that really effects a person’s ability to feel confident and most importantly, comfortable within their skin. For someone who is trans, discovering makeup can make a world of difference. The process can help transform you from one gender to another; it requires you to see what works for you, making time for yourself, and playing with colors! Transvivor would like to note that taking care of your skin and buying makeup can be a very costly, however know that there are some ways to go about this endeavor while staying cost efficient. Another thing to keep in mind is that makeup and skin care can greatly help someone feel less dysphoric about their appearance. Good quality products aren’t hard to come by and aren't always costly. If you really envelope yourself and dedicate yourself to making this a self-care moment, the results could even surprise yourself.

Skin care is extremely important and should not be taken lightly. The first step is to understand the type of skin you have; it is bound to change due to age, hormones, climate, etc. —but you should be able to judge which type suits you most.

There are four basic skin types; each are going to require unique care.

Description:

Not too dry and not too oily. This skin types will be radiant, not really that sensitive, and barely visible pores.

How to Care for This Skin Type:

  • Gel and lotion moisturizers are going to be your best friend.
  • Wash gently in the morning and slightly more intense when you are removing makeup.
  • Stick to thin formulations and try to avoid using thick creams.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator every other 1-7 days to remove dead skin from the surface of the skin.

Description:

Your skin can be both dry, normal, and oily in different regions of the face. There might be areas that your pores look larger, you’ll have blackheads, or shiny skin.

Note: This skin type will have drastically different textures about the face. “Normal” skin will be more fluid.

How To Care For This Skin Type:

  • Gel and lotion moisturizers are going to be your best friend.
  • Wash gently in the morning and slightly more intense when you are removing makeup.
  • Stick to thin formulations and try to avoid using thick creams.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator every other 1-7 days to remove dead skin from the surface of the skin.

Description:

Your skin could peel, itch, or become rough. This skin could show red patches, more visible lines, and your skin is less elastic.

It could potentially be caused or get worse with:

  • Tanning
  • Genes
  • Exposure to weather
  • Long hot baths or showers
  • Medications
  • Ingredients in soaps

How To Care For This Skin Type:

  • Use creams, ointments, and lotions.
  • If they feel too thick, you could always use something thinner for the day and something heavier at night.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator every other 1-7 days to remove dead skin from the surface of the skin.
  • A humidifier at home can help you with an extra bit of hydration while you’re asleep or around one.
  • Stay cool.
  • Wearing gloves when using household cleaning products will save you from accidentally drying your skin.
  • Use non-foaming soaps, as most foaming soaps have a detergent in them allowing them to foam up—not all are bad though.

Description:

Your skin will have a thicker complexion, blemishes (blackheads and pimples), and enlarged pores. Your oiliness can change depending on the time of year or the weather.

Note: If your face feels really tight and gets oily only in the latter half of the day, you probably have “dry” skin, and it’s just so dry that your skin is producing excess oil as a defense mechanism.

How To Care For This Skin Type:

  • Use gel moisturizers..
  • Moisture will help with any problems you’re having with pores.
  • Mattifying toners can be very helpful in balancing the skin’s pH and controlling visible oil.
  • Use an exfoliator every other 1-7 days to remove dead skin from the surface of the skin.

Description

Your skin will have reactions to particular care products or other things when you apply them to your face—these may take a few days to flare up.

Note: Further, people with excess redness, who break out randomly, or tend to have reactions to unlikely products can also have sensitive skin. It is not a skin type of its own but there are some things you can do to help take care of sensitives and ensure that you’re addressing everything your skin needs.

How To Care For This Skin Type:

  • Use a double cleansing technique to remove makeup; use a cleansing oil to remove makeup, rinse, and wash gently with a basic face cleanser before rinsing again.
  • Before investing in any product, read the back of the packaging and look for anything that your skin may react to.
  • Don’t let that stop you from trying a good product though—it might not even be what’s irritating you.
  • Always try new products in isolation—give one product a chance for at least a few days and watch to see if it irritates you.
  • Always try new products in isolation—give one product a chance for at least a few days and watch to see if it irritates you.
  • If you’re scared to put it on your face, right behind your ears are excellent spots to try things out.
  • Look for things that are "noncomedogenic"—but if a product is not advertised as being so, don’t sweat it too much. Some brands do like to brag about it, but some find it tedious.
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These are the basic principles of skincare addressing moisture and texture—but there’s so much out there still. At the very least, what is provided should be pointing you in the right direction. It’s still recommended that you never wear makeup when working out (and wash immediately after), finish rinsing with a splash of cold water, use sunscreen, wear sunglasses, always push yourself to drink more water, and be mindful of your health. Your health manifests itself in your face, so you’ve got to keep it in good condition.

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