How To Determine Your Skin Type
Have you ever felt like certain skin care products are all wrong for your skin? They work great on your friends but never seem to address your issues. Attempting each new product only ends up in a cycle of doubt as different problems and reactions arise. Not to fear! Your skin isn't “broken” – you are probably just using products that aren't right for your skin type. To find your perfect skincare product mix, you first need to determine your skin type. Then the pieces fall into place! Here’s how.
Figuring Out Your Skin Type at Home
Skin types are generally divided into four categories; normal, oily, dry, and combination. These types are divided by certain elements like the amount of water and oil your skin contains, how sensitive it is, etc. To make things more confusing, your skin type can change over time. Learning the typical characteristics of each skin type will help you immensely when it's time to make your skincare selections.
- Normal skin: Few imperfections, low sensitivity, barely visible pores
- Oily skin: Enlarged pores, shiny complexion, blackheads
- Dry skin: Invisible pores, dull complexion, red patches, visible lines
- Combination skin: Dry skin characteristics in some places and oily characteristics in others. Your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) may be oily while the rest of your skin is dry.
With the above in mind, get ready to face your mirror and take a simple test. Standing at a normal distance from your mirror, study your pores. Can you see them? Larger pores usually go hand in hand with oily skin. If your pores look very large on your T-zone, but not your cheeks, you probably have combination skin. Too hard to tell? Move on to the next step.
Wash your face with a regular facial cleanser. Take a break for half an hour, then feel your face. If your skin feels tight or rough, you have dry skin. If your face is shiny or greasy to the touch, you have oily skin. If your T-zone is shiny and your cheeks aren't, you have combination skin. If your pores weren't very noticeable in step 1, and you didn't fit any of the characteristics in step 2, you have normal skin.
Creating Your Skincare Plan
Now that you've determined your skin type, it's time to find the skincare plan to give you that radiant beautiful complexion you have been aiming for. A daily care plan combined with occasional boosting treatments will take your skin from drab and irritated to healthy and beautiful.
Begin with Rejuvenating Cleansing Gel to gently deep clean your skin. Follow with Rejuvenating Thermal Tonic to restore pH level and optimize skin for moisturizer. Then use Rejuvenating Firming Extract to naturally restore elasticity and tighten pores, leaving skin visibly firmer. Moisturize daily with Rehydrating Liposome Day Crème to soothe and moisturize skin, while reducing redness and uneven patches. Opt for Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF30 by day to deflect sun damage as you moisturize.
Start with Correcting Foaming Cleanser, an dense yet airy foam that instantly removes oils and impurities. Next, use Correcting Refining Toner to lift away excess debris and dulling cells. A few times a week, swap this step for Correcting At-Home Professional Peel to exfoliate more deeply and smooth texture and tone. Finish with Correcting Hyaluronic Serum to reinforce the skin barrier and leave skin hydrated without weight.
First use Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk to gently clean skin without disturbing its natural moisture. Follow with the use of Rehydrating Neroli Water to freshen and soothe your skin. Use Organic Rehydrating Neroli Facial Oil to oxygenate and condition skin. Finish with Rejuvenating 24-Hour Moisture Creme to provide lasting moisture.
Begin with Clarifying Mineral Enzyme Cleanser to detoxify your skin. Follow with Clarifying Probiotic Mineral Tonic for skin purification. Then use Clarifying BerryPlus Repair Serum to hydrate, smooth, and moisturize skin. Finish with Clarifying Daily Hydrator for all day moisture that regulates shine.
Finding the natural skincare routine that is right for you is as important as any other part of your health routine. Now you can determine your skin type – and the products best suited for it – with confidence!