Not Sure of your skin type? There are Four Major Skin Types, with some variations. If you aren’t sure which is yours, I’m here to help. By learning your skin type (even if you think you already know it), you gain a better understanding of what your skin needs and which products will help balance it to become more predictable and normal. Keep reading below the picture for details on finding your skin type.
Finding your skin type
To find you skin type, first wash your face with a very mild neutral cleanser. You want one not made specifically for oily, acne or dry skin types, but one for sensitive skin would be acceptable. Do not scrub or rough up your skin. Just get off all the makeup and get clean. If you don’t already have one, Acure makes a good non-toxic sensitive skin cleansing gel that is very economical and you could continue to use regardless of your skin type.
Rinse with cool water and pat (again, no rubbing) your skin dry. Do not add any toner or moisturizer to your face. The goal is to see how your skin reacts naturally.
Wait one hour, then look at your skin in the mirror. Look at you forehead and cheeks. Find the face description above that most closely resembles your results. It is possible to be a little bit of one or the other. Normal to Combination skin could have a little oil on the forehead or a little dryness on the cheeks, but is overall mostly normal. It is also possible to have dry skin, with occasional breakouts (that’s me). Unless you have constant breakouts and lot’s of oil, choose your underlying skin type and we can always spot treat occasional break outs. ;)
I started out in the “sensitive/very dry” category, but after finding the right products for me (and learning which ingredients to avoid), I am mostly just dry. But the wrong ingredients in a product will have my skin flaring up red and flaky in a heart beat.
Now that you’ve found your skin type, click below to find recommended products and diy recipes specifically for you!