Figuring out what skin type you have is important so you know which products to use for the best results. If you know what products will work best with your skin type, then you’ll save time and money!
Skin Type is Seasonal
Your skin type can change over the course of the year and as you age. For example, a young teen is more likely to have a normal complexion than a middle-aged mom. Likewise, most people are more susceptible to dry skin in the winter months when it’s very dry outside, windy or cold. Be prepared for the changes that lie ahead by being observant of your skin and how it reacts with the seasons. When your skin experiences change, adjust your skin care routine accordingly.
Congrats! You are among the lucky few who have enviable skin (and we all secretly hate you for it – kidding, but seriously.) No one is perfect, but your skin is pretty close to it with an even texture, soft supple feel, and lack of breakouts. You probably don’t have much of a need for makeup, but when you decide to wear it, it applies like a dream and you look like a porcelain doll when you’re finished. Your pores are small in size, you don’t have any noticeable fine lines or wrinkles, and you haven’t experienced any skin sensitivities. #BLESSED
Advice for Normal Skin: Keep your skin beautiful as long as you can by following a regular skin care routine. You might not have aging skin YET, but someday you will, and it’s important to take the appropriate preventative measures to keep it firm and supple as long as humanly possible. Lastly, if you got it, flaunt it! Show off that gorgeous skin!
If you can’t make it half-way through the day without using an oil blotting paper or some type of powder to absorb the excess oil on your face – you have oily skin! Your skin is usually pretty shiny and dotted with enlarged pores on your cheeks, nose and forehead. Because there is an excess of oil, you frequently breakout and get blackheads and whiteheads. This skin type often tries to overcompensate their oiliness by washing their face several times during the day and they may even be intimidated by applying a moisturizer.
Advice for Oily Skin: We know moisturizing already oily skin seems counter-productive, but it’s actually an important factor in cutting down on oil production! Well moisturized skin will produce less sebum (or oil.) We’d also like to point out that over-washing your face actually dries it out and makes your skin think it needs to produce even more oil, which is not what you want. Since your skin is prone to breaking out, look for gentle, hypoallergenic products.
Your skin is flaky on the regular and very dry. You try to moisturize but it seems like no matter how much you do, there are always dry patches. Your makeup goes on unevenly, collecting in weird spots and looking very cake-y. It’s often red and uncomfortable, and can even burn when you apply products. You have visible fine-lines or wrinkles around your eyes, forehead and mouth. Plus, to top it all off, your complexion is dull and rough. Dry skin will also have very small or even invisible pores.
Advice for Dry Skin: Try not to use too hot of water on your skin – when you’re showering, opt for a mild to cool temperature instead. Also, utilize gentle products that won’t be too drying to your skin. A good moisturizer is going to be your best friend. Look for a thick, hydrating one that will last throughout the day. A nice moisturizing mask for night use is great as well! If your skin is so dry that it is burning, you need to stop applying product altogether and let your skin replenish some of its own natural oils.
You have it rough. Your skin is clearly confused and doesn’t know what it wants, so it exhibits multiple personalities. You likely have an oily T-zone, mixed with dry patches sprinkled in. You likely have open pores, blackheads, and shiny skin. This makes it quite confusing to treat, because you feel like you don’t want to over-moisturize and further contribute to your oiliness, but at the same time, you don’t want to over-wash and make your skin too dry. It’s a delicate balance, and well, you need some help.
Advice for Combination Skin: Spot treat the areas that you need to. If you have a dry patch, apply a nightly moisturizing mask to that spot. If you have an oily T-zone, wash it with a gentle cleanser just once daily, and make sure to moisturize afterwards. It’s okay to use products for more than one skin type, not everything is text book black and white, and neither is your skin!
Your scared to try new products because your skin often reacts to them, leaving you with red, itchy or inflamed skin. Using skin care products might burn or leave your skin in a worse state than when you started. Because of this, you hardly use anything at all. You might even have allergies to some of the common ingredients used in skin care and cosmetics, but you’re really not sure.
Advice for Sensitive Skin: Always use hypoallergenic products and look for brands that use all natural ingredients. When trying new products, patch test them on a small area of your face before you apply them all over. Don’t use anything too harsh or abrasive and always look for fragrance free!