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How To Determine Your Skin Type

Why is it important to know your skin type?

Determining your skin type can make it easier to find skincare methods and products that work for you. Certain skin types will respond better to formulas that may be ineffective or irritating to other skin types.

What are the different types of skin?

Oily Skin Type

The oily skin type is best described as an overall shiny appearance and what’s sometimes called a “greasy” feeling on the surface of the skin. Oily skin may worsen throughout the day, or cause makeup products to separate on the face.

Dry Skin Type

The dry skin type is best described as having a flaky quality, and the skin may feel tight. Dry skin may cause makeup products to pill on the face, and irritation may be more common for this skin type.

Combination Skin Type

The combination skin type is identified by oily skin just in the “T-zone” (the T-shaped area of your forehead, down between your brows, and surrounding your nose.) The rest of the face may be dry or normal.

Sensitive Skin Type

The sensitive skin type experiences frequent irritation or breakouts, especially when trying new products or when experiencing physically stressful conditions (e.g., very hot or cold weather.)

Normal Skin Type

Finally, if you have a normal skin type, your skin will feel moisturized and comfortable without excessive oiliness in any area.

FAQ about How to Determine Your Skin Type:

How do you know what skin type you have?

There are a few different methods for testing your skin type at home, but one in particular called the “wash and Wait” method should work well across skin types.

After washing your face as normal, don’t apply any other products and wait 30 minutes or more and take note of how oily your skin becomes. Use the guidelines above to determine which skin type you may have.

Does your Skin Type Change?

As we age, our skin tends to become drier and more sensitive. Even if you have oily skin now, it may become drier or be more prone to irritation as you get older.

How to know what Skincare to use?

Your skin type should guide the kinds of products you buy. For example, oilier skin types may seek astringent toning ingredients, such as tea tree oil or witch hazel. Dry skin types may need richer moisturizers and gentler cleansers.

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