Finding the Right Skin Care for Different Skin Types: How To Do It & Why It Matters
Did you know that different skin types have different needs when it comes to the right products and treatments?
If you're feeling frustrated because you are consistently following a skin routine but aren't seeing the results you want, it could be because your routine isn't tailored to fit your specific needs.
Finding the proper skincare for your skin type is the most critical piece of your routine when you're looking for a solution that works. However, even the most consistent regimen won't yield desired results if the products and treatments aren't targeted toward your needs!
Why Identifying Different Skin Types Matters
Skincare shouldn't be approached with a one size fits all label. Instead, one of the essential principles we focus on is treating different skin types with individualized regimens to help you meet your goals.
When you understand your specific skin type and how it adapts to particular circumstances or seasonality, you can choose the suitable options that will balance your skin and get you the results you've been looking for, including a healthier, radiant complexion.
Keep reading to learn how to identify your skin type to optimize your skincare routine and, therefore, your results. And don't forget to take our 2-minute Skin Code Quiz to learn about a personalized regimen just for you!
Identifying Different Skin Types
Normal Skin Care
Your skin type is normal if you have an even skin tone with barely visible pores and minimal blemishes. In addition, those with a normal skin type can easily identify with a dewy appearance free of oil zones, dry spots, and acne.
What to use: Normal skin benefits from lightweight cleansers and moisturizers. Micellar water or cleansers with hyaluronic acid will keep your complexion glowing.
What to avoid: Heavy moisturizers should be avoided since the skin isn't lacking. Also, products that contain harsh acids or alcohol will dry the skin out.
Dry Skin Care
Do you ever find yourself waking in the morning to a feeling of tightness? If you're nodding, then you may have dry skin. Dry skin can easily be identified by regularly rough or flaky patches, itchiness, and a dull appearance. Wrinkles are common to develop earlier because the skin does not have adequate elasticity.
What to use: Micellar water or cleansers that contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or glycerin. Humectants attract water and add moisture to the skin. Tartaric acid is an excellent antioxidant-based solution that helps to dissolve dry and flaky skin.
What to avoid: Products that contain alcohol since dryness will likely increase. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, applying moisturizers that are too thick or heavy can result in decreased natural oil production, resulting in even drier skin.
Oily Skin Care
If you excuse yourself to visit the powder room during brunch for a quick wipe down, your skin is likely oily. Oily skin is recognized by a feeling of slickness and an appearance of shine that frequently occurs in the t-zone (across the forehead and down the nose) and on the cheeks. Oily skin is prone to blackheads and acne and has enlarged pores.
What to use: Oil-free gel or foam cleansers containing salicylic or glycolic acid will help keep oil in check. Salicylic acid has antibacterial properties that remove sebum from the pores. It's also an excellent solution for acne and breakouts. In addition, products with mandelic acid will help regulate oil production.
What to avoid: If you have oily skin, you will want to steer clear of mineral oils, petrolatum, and alcohol. Be cautious of cleansers and treatments that are too harsh, even if they are recommended for excessive oiliness, because they may signal your skin that more oil is needed.
Combination Skin Care
What if your skin reflects qualities of more than one type? If you experience dryness on your cheeks, but your t-zone produces excessive oil, you may be a combination girl. Enlarged pores with occasional breakouts are also characteristics of combination skin.
Combination skin often requires a cocktail of products to target the different problem areas.
What to use: Gel or foam cleansers that contain lactic or glycolic acid will help balance combination skin. Gentle exfoliants are beneficial to improve skin texture. Alcohol-free toner can help regulate oil production in the t-zone, while light moisturizers and serums can erase dryness from the cheeks and other areas.
What to avoid: Products that contain mineral oils or drying alcohol.
Sensitive Skin Care
Sensitive skin often feels irritated and may have red patches. If you have fine pores or an appearance of broken capillaries around your nose and cheeks, your skin may be sensitive. Using a product not targeted toward delicate and sensitive skin can lead to rashes, reactions, or irritation.
What to use: Sensitive skin often benefits from cream cleansers that are hypoallergenic and sulfate-free. When washing your face, use lukewarm water to avoid irritation, and always test new products on a small patch before applying them entirely.
What to avoid: Avoid products with harsh ingredients at all costs. Some examples include but aren't limited to alcohol, malic acid, and glycolic acid.
While this is an overview of the different skin types and how to treat them, take our 2-minute Skin Code Quiz for an in-depth look at the products and routines that will work best for you!