Oily, Dry, Combo? The Importance of Identifying Your Skin Type

by Candace Lachon

Oily, Dry, Combo? The Importance of Identifying Your Skin Type


Want to reach your skincare goals faster? Start by identifying your skin type. Just by using products specifically formulated for your skin is a step in the right direction. Before turning 30 I had my first brush with adult acne. Although it wasn’t severe, 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

Dry Skin – Feels tight, looks flaky, and sometimes has dry patches or rough spots. And no matter how much lotion you slather on, it’s still dry. When searching for dry skin products, look for call-outs like “deeply moisturizing”, “replenishing”, and “rich”.

Oily Skin

Oily Skin – In my opinion, there isn’t enough oily skincare available that doesn’t immediately dry you out. So when searching for products try to keep them lightweight. Your call-out is “hydrating“. Folks will also tell you to use oil-free products. 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 which oils are suitable for oily skin types.

Normal Skin

Normal Skin – Normal skin is neither dry nor oily, it maintains a decent balance (by the way, I’m hating as I write this). Since the force is always with you, your products should be in-between and lightweight. Nothing too heavy.

Combination Skin

Combination Skin – A combination of dry, normal, and oily. Your T-Zone is usually oily, and the cheeks and sides of your face are either dry or normal. 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.

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