We’ve all seen those little contraptions at the department store’s cosmetic counter—the ones that have you slide levers or press buttons to help you “scientifically” determine whether you have dry, oily, normal, or combination skin.
Believe it or not, they’re not just there to help the stuff behind the counter look more important; it truly is essential that you use facial-care products formulated especially for your type of skin. If you have oily skin and are using an oil-based moisturizer, for instance, you’re adding oil where it can do more harm than good. Or, if you have dry skin and it never really feels hydrated, you might need to switch to a thick cream instead of a thinner lotion.
Don’t know what type of skin you have? Here’s how you can tell:
Oily Skin: Oily skin is not always shiny and slick; it can also be dull and washed out. Pores are usually visible with oily skin, and this type of skin is more prone to acne like blackheads and pimples. Oil production is often increased during times of stress, or during puberty or other hormonal imbalances.
CARE: If you have oily skin, try to always use facial products labeled “noncomedogenic,” which means they won’t clog pores and make acne worse. Use a gentle cleanser, but don’t scrub. Never pop or squeeze pimples.
Dry Skin: With dry skin, the pores are almost invisible, and there can be visible lines and rough patches. Dry skin is also usually dull looking, with no elasticity. Dry skin can be made worse by wind, sun, and cold weather; UV rays, like from tanning beds; indoor heating; and long, very hot showers.
CARE: Dry skin needs a rich moisturizer, like a cream or an ointment rather than a lotion, and it oftenneeds to be reapplied throughout the day. In very dry climates, try not to let indoor temperatures get too warm, and use a humidifier.
Normal Skin: Normal skin is the perfect balance between too dry and too oily. Normal skin has barely visible pores, few imperfections, and radiance.
CARE: Those with normal skin can often use a variety of facial products without being worried about sensitivity.
Combination Skin: With combination skin, the skin can be dry/normal in some areas and oily inothers; many people with combination skin are a bit oily just in the T-zone, the nose, forehead, and chin.
CARE: If the T-zone is prone to acne, those with combination skin might need to devise a skin regimen that treats the dry/normal areas with one set of products and the T-zone with another.
No matter which type of skin you have, always use moisturizer formulated to meet its special needs. Many products can also beused on a variety of skin types, including the Sanitas Skincare Oil Free Moisturizer in the winter Yuzen box. It’s suitable for all types of skin, except the most severe types of dry skin. Visitwww.theskinfactor.com to find out about Sanitas’ other products, including Vita-Rich Serum, Natural Moisture Factor, and Topical C.