What is my skin type?

It is important to know your skin and understand how it adapts to certain circumstances. Taking the time to learn your skin’s specific needs will eventually help you to select the right options that will work for you resulting in a healthier, more radiant complexion. Here are seven basic skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and mature. Determine your skin type and care for yours below.

Your skin doesn’t react negatively to new products or weather changes. You don’t get breakouts often. You don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize or blot oil from your face all day long. Your skin is firm, with minimal fine lines and wrinkles. You can try on different products and facial treatments until you find exactly what works for you.

Your skin is often shiny and you always need blotting sheets or mattifying powders. You might find that makeup and skin care products don’t stay all day. While having oily skin may give you some advantages such as fewer fine lines, you might need to avoid a lot of skin care products that will make your skin dry as overdrying your skin may cause them to produce even more oil to compensate.

If you have dry skin, your skin flakes most of the time. It can sometimes be sensitive or itchy. It may be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors or a chronic condition (in case of eczema or related conditions). When your skin is dehydrated, there may be fine lines. Your skin may need extra care to avoid skin aging.

If your skin is dry in some areas but oily in others, you may have combination skin. Most of the time, the t-zone area is oily while the other areas of your face is normal or dry. It is important to take care of your skin to avoid problems in the future.

Acne-Prone Skin
If you get frequent breakouts, you likely have acne-prone skin. Your pores tend to clog easily, making you more susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads or pustules than other skin types. You can have oily or dry skin and be prone to acne. Your skin will need to be treated once in a while in order to prevent acne and scarring. Look for acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, clay, benzoyl peroxide or retinol.

Sensitive skin might be caused by genetics, allergies or environmental factors. You may experience stinging, itchiness, redness or bumps easily. It is important to consult a professional to make sure that you are not using any products or treatments that may harm your skin.

More fine lines and wrinkles are visible and your skin is more dry than in your younger years. For more mature skin, you may notice sagging, dark spots, dullness and dehydration. It’s not too late to create anti-aging routine and get restorative treatments.