What is your Skin Type?

Skin types include normal, oily, dry and sensitive. Some people also have a combination skin type which consists of more than 1 skin type in areas of their skin.

Your skin type can change over time e.g.: younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.


Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:

  • Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity.
  • Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness.
  • Sensitivity level


  • Normal Skin Type


  1. Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily, it has:
  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Barely visible pores
  • A radiant complexion


  • Combination Skin Type


  1. A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). Combination skin type can produce:
  • Overly dilated pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shiny skin


  • Dry Skin Type


  1. Dry skin can produce:
  • Almost visible pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity
  • More visible lines

Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

  • Genetic factors
  • Aging or hormone imbalances
  • Weather
  • UV radiation
  • Indoor heating
  • Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics or cleansers
  • Medications


  • Oily Skin Type


  1. Oily skin can produce:
  • Enlarges pores
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Blackheads, pimples or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:

  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Exposure to heat or too much humidity


  • Sensitive Skin Type


  1. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products. Sensitive skin can show up as:
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

The Basics of Skin Care:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA & UVB rays.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wash your skin thoroughly everyday and never wear make up to bed.
  • Moisturize your skin.


Article By Monique

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