ABC’s of Skin Types
You’ve been asked before: what’s your type? Do you have an answer? Skin care is largely based on the knowledge of the type of your skin. Treating dry skin with products created to target oily skin will only create more problems. Loading oily skin up with cream based products might create an oil-slicked masterpiece only Picasso would be able to replicate.
Take a look at the ABC’s of skin types to help you figure out what category you fall into and what products are best suited for your skin.
You’ve heard of the T-zone by now. Combination skin is characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead and nose) with the potential for larger, open pores and blackheads. Unfortunate, absolutely… but so many people have this type of skin that the different skincare and makeup products designed for it are fantastic.
The key to working with combination skin is knowing that different parts of your face require different kinds of products. While your T-zone might require clarifying and mattifying products, your cheeks might need a stronger moisturizer. Your goal is to find a moisturizer that’s oil-free, or a moisturizer that helps balance your skin. Make sure some SPF is in there and it’s a win-win. Find yourself a set of blotting papers you like, and toss those bad boys into your purse.
Mineral foundation, or foundation created for oily skin will compliment your skin type. Argan oil can provide light moisturization for tricky skin, too. There are types of serum foundation that include Argan oil and can help balance combination skin. Match a mattifying primer with these kinds of foundations, and your skin won’t shine. Don’t worry, that’s a good thing.
To figure out if you have characteristically dry skin, your skin might: have rough patches, redness, visible lines, or itchy patches. Your skin might be sensitive to certain ingredients in moisturizers, soaps, or even makeup. If that’s the case, turn towards a skincare routine that is simple, and gentle.
Ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid will help infuse your skin with moisture. Many foundations actually include these ingredients too, and they’ll help your skin look bright and glowing. They’ll also help fight redness and inflammation. Another type of foundation to try is a serum foundation. They really help infuse the skin with moisture and even blur fine lines, just like a skin care serum might.
Large pores, clogged pores, and a dull shiny complexion. Oh, the troubles of oily skin. Fortunately, just like combination skin, there are a lot of innovative products out there that will vanquish your skin care issues. The oiliness of your skin can change year round, so it’s important to consider those factors too when you’re looking to pair your skin with the right products and makeup. Hormonal imbalances can also cause oily skin.
Regardless of the reason, it’s important to remember to wash oily skin with a gentle cleanser. Be sure to wash it twice a day, and after sweating. And absolutely no popping or squeezing.
Like combination skin, oily skin can be prepped with a mattifying primer. Follow the primer with a foundation created specifically for oily skin; being labeled oil-free is a good sign. These products dry with a powder or a matte finish which can be followed by a setting powder, and a setting spray. Setting powders can be translucent, or they can match your foundation.
Normal type skin is classified by being not too oily, and not too try. You won’t have to clean up any problem areas because normal skin is well hydrated with small pores and little to no imperfections. How unfair is this? Very, but the good news about normal skin is that many of us will come across it with age. Treat your skin right by wearing SPF and feeding it nutrients on the regular and normal skin could be yours.