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Skin Types: Choosing the best skincare products

One of the chief causes why people have problems with their skin is because they cannot identify their skin type. If you have very dry or oily skin, it’s fairy easy. But if your skin type is not as obviously dry or oily as that, then finding out your type can be puzzling. Therefore, people with slightly dry skin use skin care products designed for oily skin, and vice versa. Though some skin care products are helpful for all skin types, the majority are better for one type than another. Find out how you can establish your skin type so you can use the skin care products best suited for you.

Skin Type Classification System

Nearly everyone thinks there are three skin types: normal, dry, and oily. In fact, there are three other types.

The first type is combination skin – the cheeks are dry, but the forehead, nose and chin are oily. This is by and large considered ‘normal’ as the cheeks have less oil glands than other areas on the face, but it does pose special skin care problems.

Next is ‘sensitive’ skin. Sensitive skin commonly has fine pores, blushes easily, and is susceptible to rashes and allergic reactions. It also tends to be dry.

The last type is called ‘aging’. Aging skin is also regularly dry, but is slack and wrinkled. A person should use dry skin care products on aging skin, perhaps with extra anti-aging ingredients.

Finding out your skin type

How can you recognize your skin type? Some have been covered above but as for the rest: Dry skin is usually flaky: you can feel the roughness with your hands - and can extend into red patches. Dry skin also feels tight and often wrinkles. Oily skin is glossy, has large pores, and has the habit of breaking out in blemishes and blackheads. Normal skin doesn’t have oily or dry patches, feels smooth and somewhat moist, and normally isn’t problematic. This is the ideal type of skin.

Choosing products for your skin type

Regardless of your skin type, it is at all times a good idea to use natural skin care products that will not damage your skin. Furthermore, doctors now are increasingly recommending the use of sun block lotion under make-up rather than moisturizers. An effective lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin to make a new defensive layer than keeps in moisture and keeps out chemicals.