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First, it's important to know that there are four different skin types:
Dry skin is skin that lacks hydration and is characterized by skin that appears flaky and can also feel tight or itchy. Fine lines and wrinkles tend to be a concern with this skin type.
Oily skin is skin that produces sebum (oil produced by sebacious glands in the skin) all over the face and gives the skin a slick, shiny look. People with oily skin tend to be concerned with pore size, pore congestion and an over-production of oil.
Oily skin can also be dry skin is disguise. When your skin lacks hydration it produces oil to compensate. As such, it's still important to moisturize your skin to achieve a balance of hydation and to prevent your skin from producing excess sebum.
Combination skin is skin that can be oily, dry or normal in certain parts of the face at the same time. The T-Zone for most people tends to be oily while other areas can be dry or normal. The opposite can also be true. This skin type is the most common.
Normal skin is skin that is neither dry nor oily. Virtually any skincare or makeup product will perform well on this skin type. #jealous
Sensitive skin isn't considered a skin type as it's possible to be oily or dry with sensitive skin. Mature or "old" skin isn't a type either as all four skin types can apply to all ages.
If you're still unclear as to which skin type you are, here's a quick skin type analysis test:
1. Wash and dry your face.
2. Be really observant of how your skin feels in the five minutes after you've dried your face and take note of where it is starting to feel tight or oily or if you feel or see anything different at all.
If your skin feels tight all over, your skin type is dry. If you're noticing that your skin is developing a shine and it is feeling oily all over, your skin type is oily. If you're experiencing both tight/dryness and oiliness in different parts of your skin, you have a combination skin type.
If your skin doesn't feel any different, you may have a normal skin type. Continue to monitor your skin for the next few hours -- if it does turn up shiny you could be an oily or combination skin type. If you can't note a change, you have normal skin. Congratulations!
It's also important to consider that skin type may change based on the season. It doesn't hurt to repeat the short skin type analysis test if you're starting to notice a change in how certain beauty products perform on your skin. For example, your favorite Summer moisturizer may not just be cutting it in the Winter where you live.
Pay attention to product labels and read for what skin type a particular product is geared toward. If tester products are available, always play around and feel the product on your skin to get an idea of how it makes your skin feel. If a sales associate is available, don't be afraid to ask their opinions on what skin types are suitable for the beauty product you are interested in.
What's your skin type? Still unsure? Let us know about your skin!