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Back to Basics: Finding Your Skin Type

This is why one of the most commonly asked questions we get is: what's my skin type? So today, we're going to outline the four types for you.

Believe it or not, you can quickly determine your skin type by answering just two questions. Sure, additional questions may help hone your exact skin condition, but the following questions do provide a quick gut check:

  1. Are you often oily or acne-prone?
  2. Are you cheeks often dry, flakey or feeling tight?

To find your skin type, answer the above and use the explanations below.

Oily Skin:

If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second, then you have oily skin. This means you want to use products in a light vehicle, such as a serum, to avoid clogging your pores. Your products may contain alcohol, which helps control the excess oil.

Combination Skin:

If you answered yes to both questions, then you have combination skin. Since different areas of your face have different concerns, you need to treat them separately. Use a balancing cleanser in your t-zone and a gentle one for your cheeks. Also, be sure to apply a light, water-based lotion onto your cheeks at the end of your routine.

Normal Skin:

If you answered no to both questions, then lucky you! You have normal skin. That doesn't mean that you don't have to worry about vehicles, however. Be sure to adjust your skin care vehicles based on season. For example, you may need to switch to a cleanser that fights oil in the summer, or a heavier moisturizer in the summer.

Dry Skin:

If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second, then you have dry skin. Your skincare products should be heavier than other skin types, offering moisture to parched skin. Lotions and creams are appropriate vehicles for your skin type.

You can also take the short skincare type quiz here. And remember, each BeautyRx product lists all the skin types it is appropriate for, so you can ensure you are getting the right product for your skin.

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