How to Determine Your Skin Type
When it comes to skin care, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That's because everyone's skin is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. That's why it's so important to know your skin type—it'll help you figure out which products and ingredients are best for you and which ones you should avoid. Not sure how to determine your skin type? Here's a quick and easy guide.
The first step is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser—we recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser—and then pat it dry. Next, wait about 30 minutes, and then see how your skin reacts. If it feels tight or dry, you have dry skin; if it feels oily or shiny, you have oily skin; if you have both dryness and oiliness (especially around your T-zone), you have combination skin; if your skin feels sensitive or irritated, you have sensitive skin.
Once you've determined your skin type, you can start shopping for products that are specifically formulated for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, look for products that contain hydrating ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid; if you have oily skin, look for products that contain mattifying ingredients like kaolin clay or zinc oxide; if you have combination skin, look for products that can help balance your skin's natural oils; and if you have sensitive skin, look for products that are hypoallergenic and free of potential irritants like sulfates or fragrance.
Now that you know how to determine your skin type, it'll be easier than ever to find products that work well for you. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered with our roundup of the best skincare products for every single skin type. Trust us—your complexion will thank you.
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