What’s Your Skin Type?

If your skin is not looking it’s best, it may not be that you are not taking proper care of it.  Maybe you cleanse twice a day, moisturize in the morning and before bed, maybe you even use specialty products such as exfoliants, toners, anti-aging creams.  But just because you use a myriad of skin care products, doesn’t mean that you are using the right products for your skin type.

First, you should figure out what your skin type is so that you can use the appropriate skin care products.  When you wake up in the morning, before you do anything – even before you wash your face – take a look at your skin.  Examine what your skin looks like in its natural state.

If it looks and feels bouncy, elastic, and supple, you most likely have normal skin.  If you have normal skin, you will most likely have the least maintenance, as far as specialized skin care products go.  You should still cleanse and moisturize regularly – Dermalogica has a wide variety of cleansers and moisturizers to choose from.

If your skin is flaking, feels dry or tight, then you probably have dry skin.  Luckily, you probably shouldn’t break out in pimples that often, but your skin requires attention to ensure that it is getting properly hydrated.  Your skin needs as much vitamins and nutrients as it can get.  Try Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery with SPF30, and their Intensive Eye Repair around the eye area.  Besides the right skin care product, keeping your body hydrated by drinking a lot of water, will definitely contribute to hydrating your skin as well.

If you wake up to visible pores and greasy skin with facial oil that is especially focused in the T-zone (made up of your forehead, nose, and chin), then you have oily skin.  This skin type needs a lot of treatment and care.  People with oily skin need to be extra careful about the types of products they use.  Excess oil allows bacteria and dirt to sit on the skin, which leads to acne and breakouts.  Try Dermalogica’s Sebum Cleaning Masque – this is the perfect clay masque that will deeply cleanse and absorb excess oil.  Follow with Dermalogica’s Oil Control Lotion is perfect to control oil and give an all-day matte finish.

If you have patches of oily skin on your forehead and nose, but your cheeks and other areas of your face are dry, then you have combination skin.  This is a common skin-type, which can be cared for by using certain products for certain areas of the face.  Take a look at Dermalogica’s toners to take care of oily spots, or use their Dermal Clay Cleanser to soak up any excess oil.  Then focus on hydrating dry spots of the face by applying a rich moisturizer such as Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance.

If your skin gets irritated or breaks out easily, and you develop itchy spots, redness, or inflammation, then you have sensitive skin.   Be sure to read skin care labels carefully, and pay attention to any allergies you may have.  You should use products specifically created for sensitive skin.  Dermalogica has a wide variety of products created for sensitive skin in their UltraCalming collection.  The collection includes cleansers, serums, and repair creams.

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