When it comes to achieving and maintaining beautiful skin, knowing your unique skin type is an essential place to start. Not using the right products for your natural skin state can lead to poor results that can lead to blemishes and, in the long run, accelerate the signs of aging.
So before jumping in with high-quality daily skincare products, it’s important to know exactly what you need according to your skin type.
What Are the Types of Skin?
Each person's skin type is a spectrum of their daily experience with their skin and how different products and environments affect its look and feel. On one side, there's the baseline of normal (or ideal) skin, and on the far end, the worst symptoms of that skin type. Here are the generally recognized skin types:
We don’t include “normal” as a skin type because it’s not really a thing. Everyone has some degree of at least one of the above conditions, even if it’s minimally expressed and therefore requires little intervention on a daily basis.
You might say that someone with only a small amount of natural oil has “normal” skin, but it’s skin that still needs daily cleansing and moisturizing to maintain healthy skin. Without this basic maintenance, a person will quickly find out if they have naturally oily skin that builds up slowly over time or whether their dry skin becomes rough and irritated.
What’s My Skin Type?
For anyone who's confused about their skin type, here’s a list of questions to ask yourself to help pin it down. You can also take Epicuren Discovery’s Skin Quiz to find out which products are formulated for your concerns and condition.
How Big Are Your Pores?
Large, visible pores are typically correlated with overactive oil production, which can occur throughout the face or just in the T-zone (the forehead, nose, and sometimes chin) for people with combination skin.
How Does Your Skin Feel?
Often, you can tell what type of skin you have simply by feeling it after a few hours of leaving it alone. Combination skin will feel slick on the forehead but soft and supple on the cheeks. People with dry skin may feel rough patches or flaky skin in areas of dryness. And oily skin types are slick and greasy pretty much all over.
Do You Often Deal With Redness?
Redness, itchiness, and stinging are usually signs of sensitive skin. This can occur when you’re using a product that may contain irritating ingredients or simply as a result of rubbing it too hard.
Do You Have a Shiny Complexion?
People with naturally oily skin can have a shine, and need to wipe away excess oil throughout the day. Conversely, dull, matte skin can be a sign of dryness.
What Happens After Cleansing?
If your skin feels stripped of moisture and a little scratchy, you may have dry skin and may be using too harsh a cleanser. Oily and combination skin types can almost feel the oil coming back quickly, and sensitive skin may be red or painful after rubbing during cleansing.
What Kinds of Blemishes do You Deal With?
Famously, acne is associated with oily skin that clogs pores easily, but other blemishes can include broken capillaries and rashes, which can be signs of sensitive skin.
Source High-Quality Skincare Products
No two people have the exact same skin, which means no two people should have the same skincare routine. Whether you struggle with acne-prone skin, enlarged pores, or combination skin, you can benefit from high-performance products like a rich moisturizer or silky, gentle cleanser.
Once you’re confident in what skin type you’re most likely to have, it’s time to build a skincare routine with professional-grade products that give you healthy, radiant skin each day, and protects it for years to come. Browse Epicuren Discovery’s products tailored for oily, dry, and sensitive skin for science-backed formulas to use every day or as a luxurious treat on occasion.