What Type of Skin Do I Have?
Even if you're not that into skin care, you might still be curious about how to tell your skin type. It's a good thing to know because it will help you choose the right products to keep your skin healthy and make your complexion glow. So, how do you know what type of skin you have? The best way to determine your skin type is to look for the common issues you encounter when trying to take care of it. Read on for our ultimate guide to different skin types.
Signs you have dry skin:
- Tightness after washing
- Redness or irritation
- Dullness and peeling, especially around the eyes or on the cheeks
Tips for Dry Skin
The best solution for dry skin is adding moisture and nourishment into your regimen. You'll want to seek out ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which is especially hydrating, while also looking for textures like oils and creams. Be careful not to over-wash your face and always use a gentle moisturizing cleanser. A toner or exfoliator can help too—both provide a fresh complexion for better absorption of the rest of your products so your skin is getting as much moisture as possible.
Why is My Skin Dry All of a Sudden?
If you don't usually experience dry skin, it may be a temporary thing that can be easily fixed. Dry skin can come and go for several reasons: extreme hot or cold weather, not enough moisture in the air, hot showers and baths and even certain beauty products. Try the tips above to help fix it.
What's the Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin?
Dry skin has a lack of oils, while dehydrated skin is lacking water (for example, after a long flight). Dry skin feels rough and flaky, while dehydrated skin looks dull, has less elasticity and more fine lines.
Signs you have oily skin:
- Shininess on your T zone
- Acne prone skin
- Greasy forehead
- Oily nose and cheeks
Tips for Oily Skin
The key to warding off oily skin? Deep cleansing and keeping your skin balanced. Choose a cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin. There are also plenty of toners, moisturizers and exfoliators made for oily skin, many of which include salicylic acid or witch hazel. An important thing to remember is that moisturizing is still essential, so choose a lightweight face moisturizer to use night and day. Otherwise your skin may continue to overproduce sebum, causing more oiliness.
Why is My Skin Oily All of a Sudden?
There could be several reasons for this. When skin is dry, it often compensates by overproducing sebum and oil, making your face greasier than usual. Stress can also cause skin to overproduce oil and so can warm, humid weather.
Signs you have combination skin:
- Both oily and dry textures on different parts of your face
- Oily T zone
- Dry cheeks or eye zones
- Your skin is sometimes really dry and sometimes really oily
Tips for Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, you can use products for both oily skin and dry skin on different parts of your face. For example, a clay-based face mask is great for absorbing oil and detoxifying oily skin in the T zone and chin. For dry patches on the eye zone or cheeks, you could use a hydrating overnight mask or rich eye cream moisturizer. You may need to adjust your routine depending on the season, so take note of any changes in your skin's texture.
Signs you have sensitive skin:
- Redness and irritation
- Burning after using certain products
- Frequent breakouts
Tips for Sensitive Skin
Be careful when choosing new products and trying ingredients that you aren't sure about. When you have sensitive skin, it's good to stick to what works and go for gentle formulas that aren't too abrasive or aggressive on skin. Avoid astringent products and alcohol as an ingredient. A creamy cleanser, a simple hydrating mask or anything formulated to be gentle and nourishing is good for your skin. Exfoliators and toners in particular can irritate sensitive skin, so make sure to test them on a small patch first. Sunscreen is also a great way to protect sensitive skin.
Signs you have aging skin:
- Less elasticity
- Changes in texture
- Increased sensitivity
Tips for Aging Skin
Focus on nourishing and hydrating your skin. Choose products that are targeted for aging, mature or wrinkly skin, and look for ingredients such as retinol, which promotes cell turnover and a nice glow. AHA/BHA products can also help with cell turnover, leading to smoother textures. Remember, sunscreen is also important to delay and prevent further aging.