What's Your Skin Type?

None of us knew.

We had no idea.

When you're 14, skin care includes Ponds or Noxzema(at least it did when I grew up)and you don't even really know what the term skin care means. You probably aren't as knowledgeable about ingredients and the why around them because, well let's face it, you don't really need it. At that age you're more of a candidate for an acne treatment(thanks hormones) than a pore refining scrub or skin plumping hyaluronic acid And as you get older, sometimes the info gets more sketchy because it's more to sell you products than to truly educate you on what you're buying. And with doing weddings, we come face to face with a lot of women that are trying to fight their way through the mass on miseducation, or just total lack of it out there. We get asked a lot about products that we recommend for different skin types, so we figured this would be an easy way to provide you with a place to start asking for the right products for your skin. While a lot of people may already know their skin type, some struggle with nailing it down.  To help you out, we've listed some of the key characteristics of the 4 main skin types.  Determining your specific skin type as well as your main concerns will help you to select the products that will work best for you and help you maintain your skin's health.  

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Normal Skin

This is what we all strive for.  A normal skin type is hydrated and balanced. Your T-zone may become a little shiny but overall you don't experience overly oily or very dry areas. Breakouts, hyperpigmentation, redness, and broken capillaries are not much of a concern because your skin is in good health. Rock on, you goddess! 

Oily Skin

A lot of us, myself included, experience excess oil on our faces. An oily skin type produces more sebum which can be problematic. Skin may be thicker with larger pores on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. You may have issues with makeup fading, creasing, and looking cakey throughout the day and you may be more prone to breakouts. The good news is that your skin naturally produces its own moisturizers. Because of this, your skin may look younger for longer since you'll have less fine lines and wrinkles than normal or dry skinned people. Fortunately for you, glowy skin is in right now and you create your own highlighter!  

Dry Skin

On the other end is dry skin which does not produce enough sebum to properly hydrate itself. Skin may seem to soak up moisturizer, oils, and serums quickly. Sometimes, very dry skin is unable to absorb products and they just sit on the surface (think a desert that suddenly receives a lot of rain which results in a flash flood). It's often dull and overly matte with areas that become flakey. Areas on your face may have thinner skin leaving you with redness and uneven pigmentation. The plus side is that the pores are usually smaller and makeup tends to last quite a bit longer than your oily skinned counterparts. Be sure to exfoliate regularly though to remove dead skin cells that can build up and cause breakouts.  

Combination Skin

As the name suggests, each area of the face can be comprised of different skin types.  Forehead can be oily or dry while cheeks could be the opposite. Areas of the face may be normal as well. The different areas of the skin should be treated independently to ensure its health.  Combination skin tends to change with the seasons though.  You could have oilier areas in the warmer months and experience that normal or dry skin is present in the colder months. 

The biggest thing that can help you care for your skin is to pay attention to its habits. When is it oilier or drier? When do you tend to break out or get really sensitive? Noticing these kinds of things will help you to be prepared or even avoid some of the triggers for your skin challenges. Here's a few to think about and keep in mind for your beautiful canvas.

  • Hormonal changes("time of the month")
  • Medication
  • Stress
  • Diet changes(this could signal a possible allergy, so definitely pay attention to fine whiteheads or raised red bump for example)
  •  Changes in skin care products(try to change 1-2 products at a time so you can easily figure out if you're not doing well with a certain product)
  • Water intake

This is just a little info to help streamline your skin care process. And during these dry winter months, we could all use a little help! If you haven’t checked out our Winter Skin Care posts on Cleansing & Treatment or Sunscreen & Moisturizing here’s the links in case you could use some product suggestions to combat the cold. Got more questions about your skin? Click reply and let us know!