Getting the best skin of your life starts with figuring out exactly what your skin type is, as well as your major concerns. Here are some proactive steps to take depending on your skin type.
Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others. This is known as combination skin, which is the most common skin type — and sometimes the most frustrating as you don’t know what to use. A few signs of combination skin is when you're oily only on the forehead, nose, and chin, or if you have large follicles (pores) and occasional breakouts in your T-zone. Often times, your cheeks can feel dry or dehydrated.
If you have true dry skin, it will include the whole body, scalp, and face — all due to underactive and smaller sebaceous glands. Dry skin also makes fewer barrier lipids so has a poor protective function which leads to water loss and possible sensitivity. It can often feel tight and irritable, and is categorized by tight pores, flaky skin, and visible fine lines. If you're not sure if you're skin is dry, take note of how your skin feels after you wash your face.