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What Is My Skin Type?

What Is My Skin Type?
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The first step to perfecting your skincare routine is to ask yourself: What type of skindo I have? There are seven types of skin type, and each one needs special catering to in terms of product use, washing habits, and more.

So how do you know what skin typeyou have? The easiest method is simply by observing your bare face throughout the day. Gently wash your face with a cleanser, pat dry, and observe your skin after half an hour. You can also go longer and study your face at regular intervals from morning to evening to see how your skin appears on a typical day. And if you want to break out some tools, try pressing a clean blotting sheet to your face and noting how much oil was absorbed to see where you fall on the spectrum from dryness to oiliness.

Here are the seven skin types and recommendations on how to pamper each one:

1. Normal skin

If your skin is generally calm and has few breakouts, you'll be glad to know that your skin type is normal and as low maintenance as skin types go. Just stick to a gentle cleanser, daily moisturizer, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin balanced. Since your skin isn't prone to reacting negatively to new products, you can also feel free to play around a little and try different products if you like.

2. Oily

If your face frequently feels oily and appears shiny, your skin type is oily. This is the result of the skin barrier producing too much sebum, or oil, so be careful not to accidentally increase oil production by over-washing or using a wash that's too harsh. Look for non-comedogenic products and oil-free moisturizers, and stay clear of anything containing mineral oil, alcohol, or petrolatum.

3. Dry/dehydrated

If your skin feels flaky or tight, it may be dry or dehydrated. Dry skin can be improved by using a rich moisturizer multiple times a day and avoiding harsh soaps. Dehydration can be corrected by using water-based products and drinking plenty of water every day.

4. Combination

Does your skin type kind of feel all over the place? Is your T-zone prone to oiliness, while other parts of your face stay dry and matte? It's likely that you've got combination skin, and your best plan of attack is to identify and target your problem areas. Balance is key, so go for spot treatments, toners, and balancing creams.

5. Acne-prone

If you're suffering from one breakout after another, your skin is acne-prone and needs lots of care. Acne-prone skin is marked by pores that clog easily, and it can also be oily or dry at the same time. To treat acne, use cleansers especially targeting acne, with clarifying ingredients like clay, salicylic acid, and retinol.

6. Sensitive

If your skin is prone to flushing, rashes, discomfort, and other signs of irritation, your skin type is sensitive and you'll want to tread carefully. Soothe your skin with calmative or anti-inflammatory formulas that work to fortify the skin barrier. Avoid potential irritants like alcohol, fragrances, and antibacterial ingredients.

7. Mature

If your skin is showing visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dryness, or dark spots, your skin is mature and will benefit from rejuvenating care. Treat it to restorative treatments that promote collagen production and fight against damage from free radicals. Invest in a good serum, start using retinoids, and try applying richer face creams.

Find out what products we recommend to love each type of skin like it deserves.

5 Products for Pampering Every Skin Type

1. BABOR Ampoule Perfect Glow 2. PIXI Glow Peel Pads 3. ELEMIS Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer 4. Caudalie Beauty Elixir 3.5 oz 5. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

1. BABOR Ampoule Perfect Glow

Boost luminosity with the Perfect Glow Ampoules from BABOR. Each sealed vial contains a special advanced serum that promotes skin renewal and restores balance. Cocoa peptides provide defense against environmental aggressors and premature aging, keeping mature skin looking youthfully radiant.

2. PIXI Glow Peel Pads

Clear up acne-prone and combination skin in need of refinement with the Glow Peel Pads from PIXI. These advanced treatment pads gently exfoliate with 20% glycolic and rose water, supported by soothing aloe vera and vitamin E.

3. ELEMIS Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer

Illuminate dull complexions from within with the Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer. This prebiotic-infused moisturizer is powered by brightening kombucha, fermented ginger, and green tea seed oil. Light-reflecting minerals blur away imperfections, leaving skin soft, smooth, and flawless.

4. Caudalie Beauty Elixir 3.5 oz

Any lack-luster skin type can use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, a facial mist that tightens pores and enhances radiance. Formulated with an exquisite blend of grape extracts, rosemary essential oil, organic mint, and orange blossom and rose extracts.

5. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Sensitive skin types will find solace in the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, a pH-balanced cleanser that's suitable for daily use. Use it to exfoliate and replenish the skin while targeting impurities and imperfections.

Find products for every skin type at LOOKFANTASTIC today.

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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!
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