Figuring out how to take care of your skin isn’t easy. The first step to finding the right products for you is to understand your skin type. Skin types can get pretty complicate but the four we’re going over today are: oily, dry, combination, and normal.
But first, cleanse your face and pat it dry. Do not put any products on yet. Wait 30 minutes and examine your skin. This will help you accurate determine your skin type without interference.
Ready? Let’s get started!
- Your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) show signs of shine and greasiness.
- Your cheeks feels a bit tight and dry.
- The pores around your nose area are much larger and more visible than those near your cheeks and jaw.
- You experience both breakouts and dry patches.
How to Deal: The best option is to target each area on its own. A good starting point is to have both a light gel moisturizer AND a thicker, more hydrating moisturizer. We recommend applying a light, gel moisturizer all over and then layering up with a thicker cream on only your dry areas (usually the cheeks and temples).
Another technique you can try is #RainbowMasking 🌈 (You may know it as multi-masking, but we prefer rainbow). The trick is to use a hydrating mask on your dry parts while using a sebum-controlling mask on your oily areas. This helps to target and treat each skin type properly!
- You notice shine and greasiness all over your face.
- You have enlarged pores in your T-zone.
- You experience frequent breakouts and blackheads caused by the overproduction of oil.
- You typically don’t get any dry patches or dry flakes.
- Your foundation wears off fairly quickly.
How to Deal: The key points to remember are to be gentle, and not try to do too much. Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week and don’t cleanse more than twice a day. Stripping your skin too often could dry out the skin and cause it to produce more oil.
On that same note, try to stay away from abrasive exfoliators (grainy scrubs, Clarisonic, etc). You want to be gentle with your skin. Keeping your skin calm and hydrated with gentle products and light moisturizers will prevent overproduction of oil 😊
- Your pores tend to be nearly invisible.
- You notice more fine lines and are more prone to wrinkles.
- You may experience rough patches of skin, itchiness, and redness.
- You typically produce little to no oil throughout the day.
- Your skin produces small dry flakes.
- Note: If your skin is producing quite a bit of oil, but is also flaky in the same spot, it may be oily and dehydrated, not necessarily dry. For this type of skin concern, be sure to exfoliate regularly to shed the dead skin build-up and moisturize well with ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
How to Deal: One of the biggest dry skin mistakes is using a cleanser that is too stripping. Have you ever felt a little too tight after washing your face? If so, your cleanser might be too harsh and you should be looking for something with a lower pH. Rather than trying to scrub off everything at once, try double cleansing!
You want to avoid alcohol and fragrance, as those tend to dry out the skin more. Follow up with a rich moisturizer that’s creamy and can reach deep into your skin. Keep in mind that you should still listen to your skin. If the product will not absorb completely, it might be too rich and heavy for you!
- You have no apparent skin concerns that’s consistently present.
- Your skin tone is mostly even.
- You rarely experience enlarged pores, oiliness, dry patches, or fine lines.
How to Deal: The answer to taking care of normal skin isn’t just to do nothing, even though your skin might not have any issues to address (although you are lucky 🍀). But you should resist trying products you don’t need, because it is possible to become a different skin type.
You really need to listen to your skin here. Normal skin is just a very good balance between dry and oily skin, but it’s definitely not immune to dry patches and acne! Maintain your skin’s needs by following a typical routine of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, etc. Don’t start chasing a concoction of chemicals if you don’t need it ⚗️ Treat only what comes up.
And finally, for all skin types, keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t fail to wear sunscreen every time you head outside.
- Invest in a gentle, low pH cleanser and adopt double cleansing into your routine.
- Align your moisturizer texture to your skin needs- gel for oily skin, creamy for dry skin.
- Listen to you skin! No product or routine is one size fits all. If you skin needs change, change your routine with it ❤️