How to correctly identify your skin type.

Recognizing your skin type is the first step in building a proper and realistic beauty routine. Without knowing your skin type, chances are your skin care routine and the products in it, aren’t producing the effects you’re expecting.

There are 4 skin types: Oily, dry, normal and combination. Sensitive skin, contrary to the internet, is not a skin type. It’s how reactive the skin is to certain environmental changes, foods, chemicals, treatments and compounds. Any skin type can also be sensitive.

NORMAL SKIN

It’s a well balanced type of skin that doesn’t feel oily nor dry. The texture is smooth and silky all over the face, pores are usually small in size, skin is very elastic. It isn’t prone to acne breakouts, flakiness or feeling tight.

OILY SKIN

Chances are you’ve been told you have oily skin because your T zone is oily. That assessment however is not correct. Oily skins present an excess of sebum (oil) production consistently all over the face, neck and even chest and back. Enlarged pores and the presence of acne breakouts and blemished skin are typical tattle tales of this skin type, however not all oily skins present acne. This skin feels elastic and thick.

DRY SKIN

This skin is typically dull and very thin. It can become flaky and even scaly very quickly. It feels tight and not very elastic, and the pores are usually very small. It’s prone to develop fine lines and wrinkles at an early age compared to the previous two. It can become itchy or irritated. Extreme heat, cold and sun can make this skin very angry.

COMBINATION SKIN

It includes areas that are oily — usually the T zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin —, areas that are dry — lower jaw from the mouth all the way to the ears —, and even areas that present normal skin type — usually cheeks —. This is the most common skin type and it’s often confused with oily skin.

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