Confused about what skin type you have? You are not alone. No worries, we got you covered! Skin is complex; it can shift and change as we age, as the seasons change and due to hormonal fluctuations. Generally speaking, your skin will fall into one of five categories. So let's get down to it with a little skin type 101.
- Let's start with a clean face. Thoroughly cleanse your face and allow it to naturally air dry. Do not apply anything on your face after cleansing and wait about an hour for your skin to gently transition into its natural state.
- Grab a clean tissue and gently dab your skin, focusing on your 'T' zone (aka from the middle of your forehead vertically down to your chin, and from the left side of your cheek- over your nose, to the right side of your cheek).
Now, take a look at the tissue paper and notice if there is any oil on it. Read below
- Normal skin will show very little oil, and there will be no flaking. When you run you fingers over your skin, it should feel soft and smooth, with little to no congestion. Normal skin typically isn't overly sensitive. Shop for products for normal skin HERE
- Oily skin will leave quite a bit of oil on your tissue. Generally, the skin will have large pores and the complexion will have quite a bit of shine. Oilier skin types generally tend to have thicker skin and are more prone to blackheads and congestion. The bonus to having oilier skin? Your will tend to age at a slower rate! Shop for products for oily skin HERE
- Dry skin may feel taut or and will often have areas of flaking. Pore size is generally on the smaller side. Dry skin requires more moisture then other skin types, and more visible lines may be present. There will be no moisture on your tissue, and the tissue will easily run across your face. Shop for products for dry skin HERE
- Combination skin is the most common skin type. It will generally exhibit traits of all three of the above skin types. The skin tends to be oilier in the 'T' zone and there may be areas of breakouts, the tissue will pick up oil from the 'T' zone. Shop for products for combination skin HERE
- Sensitive skin tends to be more on the dry side and can very easily become inflamed and irritated. Sensitive skin may have areas of redness or itchiness, and can flush easily. Shop for products for sensitive skin HERE