Good discipline and a skin care routine are awesome but they can be doing you in if you’re using the wrong products for your skin type. These days a walk down the cosmetics aisle can be daunting. Products are marketed for "sensitive skin," "first signs of aging," "combination skin," and so on, but unless you really know what works for you it can be dizzying. When I first started The Formula, I tried every single product sent to me — which quickly resulted in frequent visits to my derm.
A quick and easy way to figure out your skin type is the tissue paper test, created by beauty writer and former editor Rona Berg. Start by washing your face and patting it dry. After 20 minutes, apply tissue paper to various parts of your face using subtle pressure. According to Berg’s book, Beauty: The New Basics, “If your skin is oily, the paper will stick, pick up oily bits and become translucent. If the paper doesn't stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is dry. If it sticks in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin. About 70% of women have combination skin.”