Oily, Dry, Combo? The Importance of Identifying Your Skin Type
Want to reach your skincare goals faster? Start by identifying your skin type. Using products specially formulated for your skin type is a step in the right direction. Just 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 my way from there…
How To Determine Your Skin Type
Identifying your skin type is simple. 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, flaky, sometimes has dry patches or rough spots. And no matter how much lotion you slather on, it’s still dry. When purchasing products for dry skin, try and look for call outs like “deeply moisturizing”, “replenishing”, “rich”, and “hydrating”.
Oily Skin – Fact is: You shiny. I feel for my oily peeps. There’s not enough skincare catered to oily skin in my opinion. So when searching for products try and keep it lightweight. Your call out word is “hydrating“. Folks will 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). However, since oily skin is prone to breakouts, keep in mind you can’t use just any oil. Be sure to research what oils are suitable for oily skin types.
Normal Skin – Is neither dry nor oily. It maintains a decent balance (I’m hating as I write this by the way). Since the force is always with you, your products should be in-between and lightweight. Nothing to heavy.
Combination Skin – Is a combination of dry to normal, and oily. Usually the T-Zone is oily and the other parts are dry to 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.