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    How to Determine Your Skin Type

    Determining your skin type is necessary for creating an effective skin care routine. It’s important to know where you fall in the spectrum of possibilities because many skincare products are specifically designed to work for certain skin types.

    There are five major skin types, each of which can be identified from the list below.  Once you know what to look for, determining complexion type is easy.  The following list highlights some of the common characteristics of each skin type:

    Oily:

    • Shiny, slick, often thick skin
    • Absorbs powder products readily
    • Large pores on the T-zone (forehead, nose and cheeks)
    • Oil-based moisturizers are not absorbed by the skin

    Dry:

    • Dull, thin and flaky skin
    • Quickly becomes chapped and parched
    • Soaks up moisture and thirsts for more
    • Pores may appear virtually invisible
    • Fine lines and wrinkles are more apparent

    Combination:

    • Combination skin is characterized as either combination-oily or combination-dry
    • Having otherwise normal skin with an oily t-zone is characteristic of combo-oily skin
    • Normal skin that sometimes experiences dryness is indicative of combo-dry skin

    Normal:

    • Skin is naturally moisturized without looking too dry or oily
    • Normal skin does not require additional oil control or hydration throughout the day
    • Pores do not appear to be overly large or extremely small

    If after reviewing the list above you are still not sure which category you fall into, remember to take a skin type test.  There are a number of easy to use online skin type tests to determine your complexion type and make sure your skin is classified properly.

    It’s important to know how your skin functions to determine what’s best for it. If you’ve been using products that aren’t formulated for your skin’s needs, you could fall under the assumption that you have bad skin; however, once you begin a routine with the right products, the transformation may make you feel like you have been blessed with brand new skin.

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