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If you are uncertain, visit our Skin Science Guide
Here are two easy ways to determine your skin type at home:
1. Use a mild cleanser to wash your face. Pat skin dry and leave it bare; no moisturizer.
2. After 60 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead for any shine.
Is it tight when you smile? Your skin is likely dry. What if it’s shiny on your nose and forehead, but not elsewhere? That’s combination skin.
If you are shiny all over, cheeks included, your skin is probably oily.
If you’re one of the lucky ones whose skin feels natural and comfortable after an hour, you probably have normal skin.
2. After 60 minutes, gently pat a single sheet of blotting paper on each area of your face: forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. Hold the paper up to the light after blotting each area.
If the sheet picked up little to no oil from any area of your face, you most likely have dry skin.
If the forehead, nose, and chin sheets show just a touch of moisture, your skin is normal.
A mix of dry or oily areas means you have combination skin.
And of course, if all blotting papers are fairly oily, you have oily skin.
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It may help to consider your skin’s reaction to summer sun, a hot shower, a scented bath bomb, or a textured salt scrub. Certain skin types can: do it all, just some of it, or “none for me, thanks.”
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As skin ages, it loses volume and density, which leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and changes in pigmentation. There are a few ways you can combat wrinkles on your own – by limiting sun exposure, avoiding poor air quality, and eliminating the use of tobacco. You can also look for products with algae, ginger, and sea fennel extracts, as they stop the breakdown of collagen. Peptides are great too, because they reinforce the natural proteins found in your skin.
Having an uneven skin tone is a common complaint from people of all skin types. Dark spots and patches that appear on the face, neck, and hands are often caused by hormones and exposure to the sun. And while sun protection can help, it is not 100 percent effective in avoiding dark spots and melasma. When SPF isn’t enough, licorice extract and Vitamin C can be helpful in removing skin pigmentation and melasma.
What causes flushed skin? Harsh weather, a poor diet, and stress are all factors in skin redness. Redness can be prevented by wearing sunscreen (even on cloudy days), eating a balanced diet, and getting a good night’s sleep. To treat existing redness, try products with soothing, anti-irritation ingredients like arnica and peony.
Dehydration is different than a perpetually dry skin type. Drinking lots of water, avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine, and finding products with ingredients like glycerin and ureae can help re-hydrate your skin.
There are two types of pores. The first, called sebum, releases the body’s natural oils, while the other releases sweat. When oils and dead skin mix together inside a pore, it causes a clog, which creates the appearance of larger pores. Sun damage can also contribute to misshapen, enlarged pores, so it’s important to wear SPF daily. Extracts like witch hazel, wintergreen, calendula, and rosemary leaf are also effective ingredients that help reduce excess oil and remove dead skin cells to reduce the appearance of pores.
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( one where it seldom rains )
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