Chemical makeup is so unique to each person that customized skincare is necessary in order to optimally take care of your skin and taking care of your skin is way easier when you know and understand the type of skin you have, and noticing which habits create certain results.
This is the least problematic skin type. It has balanced levels of moisture and hydration, good elasticity, not very noticeable pores, and typically even skin tone. This skin type isn't prone to breakouts and requires minimal effort to maintain. A basic routine including cleansing, toning, moisturizing and shielding from the sun is pretty much all that's necessary to keeping skin intact. Some of us are actually this lucky yes.
Oily skin is associated with enlarged, more visible pores. This type of skin is the most prone to acne and it typically looks shiny or greasy at times due to the excess production of sebum. Using an oil based pre-cleanse (before the real cleanse) each night to topically add oils will slow down natural oil production (sebum). Exfoliating 2-3 times per week and using an astringent cleanser morning and night followed by toner to replenish and ensure the absence of excess oils. Though skin may be oily, it is still extremely important to moisturize to balance the hydration and moisture levels. This is crucial to preventing breakouts.
Dry skin can often feel flaky, itchy, and/or rough. Double cleansing in the mornings and at night is highly recommended. First with an oil cleanser or pre-cleanse. Followed by a more astringent cleanser, preferably formulated for dry skin or all skin types. It is important to follow up with a toner to replenish and finish off with a moisturizer or skin primer containing hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and hydration. This will help the skin maintain balance and prevent breakouts and flaring. People with dry skin typically develop wrinkles sooner than others. Using hydrating mists and serums and sunscreen daily and applying adequate moisturizer and treatments each night to keep skin's barrier balanced and protected makes a huge difference.
This is the most common skin type. Basically, it's normal or dry skin usually on the jaw line and cheeks and then patches of oily skin on the forehead and nose or some variation of that. Be sure to practice a morning routine as well as a nighttime routine, paying specific attention to the t-zone or where oil builds up or patches that may be extremely dry or flaky. It's important to be consistent as the goal is to create a good balance. Slowing down oil production in some parts of the skin and locking in moisture and hydration in other parts is doable with consistency.
Skin Type Test
In most cases, you can determine skin type by simply observing how it behaves after cleansing. Wash your face with a universal cleanser formulated for all skin types and do nothing else. After 30 minutes, if your skin appears shiny/ greasy, you likely have oily skin. If it feels tight and is flaky you probably have dry skin. If shiny but only in some areas, then combination skin. If you're feeling comfortable after 30 mins of just cleansing, not too oily, not too dry, you likely have normal, balanced skin.
There are other factors you might have to deal with, based on genetics, age, daily habits and overall health. Skindom creates quality products and tools for all skin types. Dedicated to helping improve and maintain skin health, skin texture and overall appearance regardless of skin type or skin condition and other external factors.