Want to reach your skincare goals faster? Start by identifying your skin type. Using products specially formulated for your skin is a step in the right direction. Before turning 30, I had my first brush with adult acne. It wasn’t severe, but I felt incredibly insecure. So I started by identifying my skin type (combo/oily) and working from there.
How To Determine Your Skin Type
Identifying your skin type is simple. Just keep in mind everyone’s skin is different and can vary. But let’s start with the basics. Wash your face, let it dry, and wait a bit…
Dry Skin – Feels tight, looks flaky, and sometimes has dry patches or rough spots. And no matter how much moisturizer’s slathered on, your skin is dry. When searching for products, look for call-outs like “deeply moisturizing,” “replenishing,” and “rich.”
Oily Skin – There aren’t enough oily-skin products available, that isn’t overly drying, in my opinion. So try and keep them lightweight. Your call-out is “hydrating.” Folks will tell you to use oil-free products, but I disagree. Oils are your friends—not to mention the key to locking in moisture (which is why you’re oily in the first place, but we’ll talk about that another day). Keep in mind; you can’t use just any oil. Be sure to research oils suitable for your skin type.
Normal Skin – Normal skin is neither dry nor oily; it maintains a decent balance (I’m hating as I write this btw). Since the force is always with you, your products should be in-between and lightweight. Nothing too heavy.
Combination Skin – Is a combination of dry, normal, and oily. The t-zone is usually oily, and the cheeks and sides are either normal or dry. But the combination can vary based on your skin. As a member of the combo/oily congregation, I understand the struggle. Just try and treat each area accordingly. I prefer lightweight serums and moisturizers.