Identify Your Skin Type Before You Treat It

Your skin probably doesn't fall into the category you think it does, but knowing whether you're dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination can stop breakouts, bring life to dull skin, and even prevent early aging. Don't buy another cream or cleanser without reading our quick run-down:

Skin Type: Oily
Skin becomes shiny and greasy throughout the day and pores are visibly large.
What to Do:
Use a cleanser with salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce oil production and don't skimp on moisturizer—your skin is producing oil because it isn't properly hydrated. Pick one that's oil-free.

Skin Type: Dry
Skin feels tight and rough and sometimes flakes or turns red from irritation.
What to Do:
Soothe and nourish skin with a face cleanser that has hydrating essential oils. A gentle scrub used a few times a week will help skin shed dead, flaky cells. A rich moisturizer, plus a a weekly hydration mask, will boost your natural glow. Dry skin is a hotbed for fine lines and wrinkles, so look for products labeled as antiagers.

Skin Type: Normal
Skin has an even tone and texture and pores are small.
What to Do:
Find a routine that works and stick with it. Use a general cleanser and moisturizer daily and exfoliate a few times a week to prevent the buildup of dead skin.

Skin Type: Sensitive
Skin is easily irritated by products and prone to occasional breakouts or rashes.
What to Do:
Prevent irritation by sticking with gentle products that are fragrance-free and have all-natural ingredients. Skip the tough scrubs, too.

Skin Type: Combination
Forehead, nose, and chin areas tend to be oily, while cheeks and eyes are dry.
What to Do:
Follow the basic guidelines for normal skin, but add a weekly clay mask to just the oily T-zone areas. Use a heavier eye cream under the eyes and on cheeks and a lighter moisturizer for the rest of the face.

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