Skin type, do you know how to recognize yours? Are you struggling to determine which skin category you fall under? Well, fortunately a trip to the Dermatologist isn’t needed for this one. We’ve got you covered.
The pursuit of beautiful skin is something that fascinates us all. We look at photos of our favorite celebrities and long for that same hydrated, dewy glow to our skin. You can tell yourself that it’s due to the privileged lifestyle of the rich and famous (and you’d be somewhat correct about that) but the truth is that great looking skin can also be yours. The trick is to start out by discerning what type of skin you have. Here are some clues to help you figure out your skin type:
Dry skin – the skin on your cheeks & t-zone is dry and typically feels very dry and tight after cleansing. There is no amount of cream, oils or form of hydration that seems like it’s enough. This is exacerbated in the cold weather when it’s not uncommon to feel like your face could crack.
Combination skin – the skin on your cheeks is normal to dry, while the skin in your t-zone is oily to very oily. There are also reports where the reverse it true and you may experience oily cheeks and a dry t-zone. This skin type is tricky and can make you feel like you are either overdoing it or under doing it when it comes to cleansing and moisturizing.
Oily skin – the skin on your cheeks and t-zone is oily and naturally needs little to no added hydration to feel comfortable. Rich cleansers, creams and oils are something that you generally avoid for fear of creating more oil.
Mature skin – the skin is generally topically dehydrated and dry in appearance. Surface fine lines, puffiness and wrinkles are indicative of this skin type. Lotion does not offer enough hydration and you see your best results with richer cleansers, creams and face oils.
Problem skin – you have regular breakouts on your cheeks/t-zone and these breakouts may be diet, hormonal or stress related but they are something you manage on a regular basis. You generally avoid any rich cleansers, creams or face oils for fear of perpetuating the breakouts. Your skin may also have a tendency to be quite sensitive.
The answer to getting your glow on for each and every skin type means finding balance. With that, you will need to find the right products for your daily cleansing/hydrating routine. You will need:
- Eye Cream or Eye Balm
- Exfoliant (2-3 times a week)
With every skin type I have always pushed the hydration envelope. If you find your right balance of hydration (not over doing it or under doing it), every skin type will look fresh and glowing. I have been doing makeup for over 20 years and can tell you that I’ve never met a skin type that wasn’t greatly improved by using the right amount of hydration. In addition to that, the oil based cleansing method works wonders for all skin types especially when partnered a vitamin packed face oil for hydration. I can hear you oily skin types screaming now, but hear me out. Oil sends the message to the oil glands that “there is enough” and you will produce less oil over time. Using cleansers rich in detoxifying essential oils will benefit all skin types. As always, I encourage you to select skincare products that are all natural. Meaning plant based and cruelty free. There is no need to add chemicals or cruelty to your beauty routine when there are affordable and effective products out there that can give you everything you ever wished for in terms of clean, clear, glowing skin. Give oil a chance, you’ll see how easy it is to get your glow on.