I'm confused about what kind of skin
I have. What tells me if I have oily, dry or combination, and which
types of products should I use and avoid?
There are so many skin products out
there that it’s sometimes hard to figure out which ones are right
for you. Knowing what type of skin you have—oily, dry, or a combo
of the two—is essential for picking the perfect skin care products
to get your face looking phenomenal!
Discover your skin type
First go with your gut feeling. If
you’ve noticed that your skin feels tight, dry or flaky, you most
likely have dry skin that needs a little TLC. The same goes for oily
skin. If it feels greasy, it probably is. If your skin feels oily on
your forehead and nose (the T-zone area) but dry on your cheeks, then
you probably have a combo of oily and dry skin, which is the most
common type. Once you’ve discovered what type you are, avoid
products that do not list that skin type on the label.
If you’re on the oily side…
Be sure to use gel-based cleansers,
which will help stop your skin from producing more oil while getting
rid of gross greasy residue and blackheads. Oily skin is the type
that’s most likely to cause acne, but using a mask once or twice a
week will prevent those breakouts from happening.
If you’re on the dry side…
An oil-free moisturizer will be your
best friend, making tight, dry skin feel (and look!) a whole lot
better. Applying moisturizers and creams often, especially in the
morning and before going to sleep, will definitely be great for your
skin and give it the moisture that it needs. And don’t forget to
drink water too—it’s soooo important!
If you’re a little bit of both…
Don’t freak! Even though you may feel
both oily AND dry, combination skin is the most common type and can
easily be taken care of with some extra attention. Use moisturizers
and creams around your eyes and on your cheeks, while being sure to
clean and wash those oily spots, like the T-zone, frequently and
Sure, taking care of your skin may
require a little extra effort before school and bed, but having great
skin is definitely worth it—trust me!
BY CASEY LIEBERMAN ON 6/15/2011 9:00:00 AM
POSTED IN skin problems, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin