Discovering what type of skin you have can help you choose products that help it look and feel healthy.
Most women have combination or “normal” skin. Combination skin means you may have a slightly oily T-zone with drier cheeks and patches of dry spots here and there. You may also have larger pores on your cheeks and possibly your forehead.
This skin type has medium pores, a smooth and even texture, good circulation, and a healthy color.
Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You may notice that your skin becomes drier the older you get. This skin fluctuation can be attributed to hormones.
With dry skin, you will have a tendency toward fine wrinkles, flaking, and red patches. In women of color, the skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.
Oily skin is shiny skin, especially in the T-zone. You may have enlarged pores and may be prone to blackheads and breakouts due to overproduction of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands.
The good thing about oily skin is that it ages better than dry skin.
Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate, with fine pores. If you are easily irritated by the sun or certain cosmetic products and are prone to redness, itchy patches, or blotchy skin, you likely have sensitive skin.
Look for mild products that contain no scents. Many drugstores and department stores allow you to return products, so check out the return policy before you buy. You can also ask if the store carries freebies so you can try before you buy.
This type of skin also feels tight and it’s a natural experience as we age or enjoy spending a lot of time in the sun. You may notice visible wrinkles, slack skin tone—especially around the cheeks and jawline—with a leathery texture and broken capillaries.