Do you really know your skin type? There are five skin type categories:
The Normal skin type is the kind we would all love to own—a very rare treasure, as it appears smooth, supple, and soft with very clear pores free of debris. It is finely textured and resilient. For people whose skin has these qualities, proper maintenance is just as important as for other skin types in order to prevent deterioration and to make allowances for our harsh climate and environmental pollutants.
Most people fall into dry or combination skin categories. Dry skin feels very thin and delicate, showing very few pres in it at all. It feels parched and stretched tightly across the bones. Dry skin often shows myriads of tiny lines, especially around the eyes. These tiny lines will later turn into fully blown wrinkles if neglected. Flaky patches may appear on dry skin and therefore should never be clogged with soap or anything containing alcohol, as this will affect the PH balance or acid mantle.
Oily skin often shines with grease and looks thick and coarse, the pores appear enlarged and blackheads are prominent. This skin type often looks toneless and muddy but these problems can be overcome with understanding. Although oily skin is some people’s nightmare, it does have advantages as well. It is the slower skin type to age and wrinkles appear much less obvious!
Combination skin is usually a mixture of two skin types. The center patch is often inclined to be oily with dry surrounds. The skin type ideally needs two skin programs—one for each area—with highly successful results.
Fine skin, or sensitive skin, is normally very finely textured, prone to reddish veins and patches, and requires a light consistency cleaner, plenty of moisturizing, and a soothing toner.