What’s your type?

If you see an apple, its red, small, round, the general appearance looks like an apple, there’s even a sign that says APPLE with it. Would you say it’s an apple or an orange? The general consensus would be to say that it’s an apple. The same goes for skincare. If you have all the signs pointing to dry and dehydrated skin, would you say that you are oily? Surprisingly, most people would.

Determining what type of skin you have isn’t hard to do, you just have to know what to look for. Using the wrong skincare products can have a major negative impact on your skin. The way that a dermatologist and an esthetician determine the type of skin that someone has it to examine it under a magnifying lamp, you don’t need them to figure it out for you though. Grab a mirror and go into a well lit room to see which type you fall under.

Qualities of Dry Skin

  • Small pores
  • Prone to fine lines and premature aging
  • Skin is usually thin
  • The skin will feel tight
  • Flakiness
  • Rough texture

People with this skin type are going to want to look for cremes rather than lotions, and buzz words like “hydrating” and “emollient.”

Qualities of Oily Skin

  • Large pores
  • Very few fine lines
  • Thicker skin
  • Has a “sheen”
  • Excess oil
  • Whiteheads/blackheads
  • Acne

People with oily skin will want to look for products that say they are oil free or water based. Also you will want to get moisturizers that are called lotions, and look for buzzwords like “mattifying” and “noncomedogenic.”

Qualities of Sensitive Skin

  • Either large or small pores
  • Prone to fine lines
  • Red undertones
  • Prone to inflammation
  • Noticeable capillaries
  • Irritation is common
  • Delicate skin

Sensitive skin can also be oily or dry, so you will want to look for products that are appropriate for that skin characteristic as well as ones that say “sensitive,” “non-aggravating,” and “gentle.”

Qualities of Combination Skin

  • Moderately sized pores
  • Some areas may be oily
  • Displays dry skin patches
  • May have some congestion

Another common skin care trait is skin dehydration, this means that you have a lack of moisture in the skin. People with any skin type, including oily skin can be dehydrated. Those of us who have oily skin have a disorder of the Sebaceous glands, the glands that produce sebum (oil). That means that you are oily, not watery. The cause of most skin dehydration is using improper products and environmental influences. The way to fix this problem is to drink more water and continue to moisturize, even if you are oily.

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