What is a skin type?
There are 4 basic skin types, and your skin type is based off genetics! When you determine what your skin type is, it's easier to understand what products/ingredients you need.
Beauty trends are cute, but not for everyone. Invest in what you do need.
Can your skin type change?
Skin types can change when your body experiences a surge of hormonal change (e.g. puberty, meno/andropause, or transitioning). Pay attention to what your skin (or body) is telling you!
Here's how you know you're...
- Pores are visible
- Skin produces high amount of sebum all over face
- Skin can look glossy, gets oilier throughout the day
May be prone to breakouts, or blackheads
- Pores are small, cannot see from a distance
- Skin can look flaky, gets drier throughout the day
- Skin produces low amount of sebum all over face
- Difficulty retaining moisture
May be prone to micro-fissures, leading to inflammation
- Pores may be smaller or larger in some areas
- Skin produces unequal amounts of sebum
- On areas with less sebum, there may be flakes
- On areas with more sebum, there may be blackheads
- The most common pattern is oily t-zone, nose + chin with dry cheeks
- Some doctors + estheticians believe this is a skin condition, not a type
- Higher chance of inflammation
- If you experience the “atopic triad” (eczema, asthma, hay fever)
- May have difficulty retaining moisture or products
Here are easy questions to ask yourself:
- When I wake up in the morning, is my skin oily, dry, or feels balanced?
- After I wash my skin with a gentle cleanser, does it feel tight immediately or not?
- Does my skin get shinier or flakier throughout the day?