What is my skin type?

What is my skin type?  Skin types can change over the course of your life.  Depending on your age, health, habits, and genes, you will have one of the following skin types.  Knowing your skin type is important before you purchase a skin care product.

Normal skin:

  • Usually have few imperfections.
  • Shows no severe sensitivity to products or the environments.
  • Pores are small and barely visible.
  • Is that healthy, radiant, glowing skin you see on your 8-year-old niece.

Younger people are more apt to have normal skin type.  The natural progression of age and the effects of the environment and habits will cause the skin to be “not-so-normal” anymore.  Practice healthy habits, such as diet, exercise, and using sunscreen regularly achieve the most “normal” skin possible for you.

Dry skin:

  • Makes fine lines are more visible.
  • Reduces elasticity.
  • Can produce red, rough, or flaky patches.
  • Can become itchy and irritated.
  • Pores are barely visible.
  • Completion is dull.

Some people don’t even realize they have dry skin.  To reduce the likelihood that your skin will become dry, avoid long, hot baths and reduce the use of products with alcohol as an ingredient.

Oily skin:

  • Pores are enlarged.
  • Produces blackheads or pimples.
  • Complexion appears shiny with a thick coating.

Skin can produce more oil when you are feeling stress or have hormone imbalances.  Be careful not to use products that will overly dry your skin in an attempt to reduce the oil.  Keep your skin clean with a gentle cleanser and reduce your stress to avoid over oily skin.

Combination skin:

If you have dry skin in some areas and oily skin in other areas, you have combination skin.  Many people have an oily T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry patches in other areas.  To reduce the negative effects of combination skin, follow the guidelines for both oily and dry skin, using different cleansing products for the respective areas.

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