There are four commonly recognized skin types: dry, oily, combination and sensitive. These determine some of the problems you might have with your skin, like blackheads, redness, or flaky skin.
However, most people are a combination - dry in some areas, oilier in others and with varying sensitivity. Misdiagnosis is common, which is why we’ve come up with some pointers for accurately understanding your skin!
- Find a good cleanser that works for you!
- Don’t stop moisturizing.
- Research makeup products (look for mattifying effect!)
Read more about oily skin.
- Don’t exfoliate more than 1-2x week (could be stripping your face of natural moisture).
- Try moisturizing with a lighter cream during the day and heavier moisturizer/sleep mask or facial oil at night.
Read more about dry skin.
*Dry skin is not the same as dehydrated skin! If you’re moisturizing regularly and still feeling tightness in your skin, it might be dehydrated - a skin condition affecting its ability to hold moisture. Read more here to find out.
- Use a gentle cleanser and toner to balance your skin.
- Don’t sleep on SPF! (no matter your skin type)
- Hydrating face masks are your friend.
Read more about combination skin.
Categorizing your skin
There have been more recent debates that we all have combination skin, and since our skin changes over time, so does your skin type! We recommend really paying attention to how your skin reacts to different products and if you notice certain skin concerns at different times of the day or month. This will help you inform the skin routine best for your skin.