Face créme – but which one?

Dear Mads, great web site you have here.

I want to get started “spicing up” my face a little. It sounds like I’m disfigured, but luckily that’s not the case 🙂 I just want to start using proper skincare.

From what I can read, I have combination skin. In some places, it’s greasy and in some it’s dry. I don’t have much experience with face crèmes (in fact none at all).

I’ve tried the MATAS moisturizer and some of the yummy fruity products from Body Shop, but I’m not sure if that’s right. What’s your opinion of using Body Shop’s “body butter” as a moisturizer after, let’s say, shaving? Is there something else that you can recommend? I’ve been eyeing an Aloe Vera gel from Avivir for after-shaving, but like I said I have no clue.

My goal is to have smooth and “yummy” skin without dry or greasy spots, but I don’t want to put all kinds of artificial crèmes on my face. I wouldn’t mind an organic product without all kinds of chemicals. I’ve checked out some of the Ole Henriksen products for fixing my problem, but then again: I’m not sure what to start using and how to use it. I need “something” that will give me a “yummy” face, essentially smooth skin without it being greasy or dry. It certainly wouldn’t be a problem if it also smelled nice 🙂

I hope you can help me 🙂

Br,
Jonas

Dear Jonas,

I thank you for your interest in my knowledge and the web site, and I look forward to helping you with your question.

I think it is great that you want to take care of your skin, your face and yourself. And it is really not necessary to suffer from acne or wrinkles to start using skincare.

A lot of products contain irritating ingredients. Examples of irritating ingredients could be ethereal oils and fragrances added to skincare products. That is what is wrong with the exact products that you mention in your question. Fragrances can be nice, but it is not good for our skin.

For your skin type, I will recommend light crème that contains:
Antioxidants (there are hundreds of great sources like green tea, red tea, vitamins, etc.)
Moisturizing ingredients (glycerine, hyaluronic acid, etc.)
BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) = exfoliating ingredients) glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.)

For example, try Perfect Skin Moisturizer

There only difference there has to be between a day crème and a night crème is that your day crème must contain sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays from the sun (look for a physical sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).

For example, try Perfect Skin Day Protector

I hope my answer will guide you closer to the correct products for your skin – if not, you are more than welcome to contact me again.

Have a great weekend!


Mads Timmermann

Expert in beautiful skin and founder of Danish Skin Care