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Understanding Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is vital in order to make the right decision about a skin care product or treatment. The first step is to determine your skin type so that you can match it with the best recommended product to improve your look and slow the skin aging process.

The basic skin types include normal, combination, oily, dry and sensitive. Did you know your skin type can change over time? So the normal, supple skin you have in your 20’s can change to be dry and dull in your 40’s.  Don’t get too stressed about your changing skin, there’s plenty you can do with a proper skincare routine.

Below we have listed exactly what each skin type is and what it’s supposed to look like.  With this information, you should have a better understanding and idea of what skin type you are. 

Skin types vary depending upon a few factors.

*Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity

*Oil content, which affects your skin’s softness

*Sensitivity level

Normal skin type

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily.  This is the least problematic type. It has:

*Little to no imperfections

*No severe sensitivity

*Barely visible pores

*A radiant complexion

*Feels elastic & supple

Combination skin type

Many people have this skin type, as it’s the most common.  Combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin).

Combination skin can produce:

*Overly dilated pores

*Blackheads

*Shiny Skin

 Dry Skin Type

Dry skin is prone to aging and irritation.  When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. 

Dry skin can produce:

*Fine pores

*Dull complexion

*Rough & flaky texture

*Red patches

*Less elasticity

*More visible lines

 Oily Skin Type

Oily skin can be problematic - it usually looks greasy and tends to break into acne. Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather.  For example, too much exposure to heat or humidity in the summer can make oily skin worse.

Oily skin can produce:

*enlarged pores

*dull or shiny, thick complexion

*blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Sensitive Skin Type

This skin type is the most fragile.  Sensitive skin is usually very dry and easily becomes inflamed and irritated. If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them.  You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

Sensitive skin can show up as:

*redness

*itching

*burning

*dryness



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