The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is to determine your skin type. Knowing what your skin is sensitive to allows you to tailor your skin care routine and pick the products that will be most beneficial to you. After all, how can you fix a problem if you don't know what it is?
The easiest way to figure out which kind of skin you have is to do an easy test:
1. Wash at night with a gentle cleanser (our pH balanced Aloe-Herb Cleanser is perfect for this) and pat your face dry. DO NOT apply moisturizer, serum or oil!
Quick Tip: An easy way to know if your cleanser is gentle or not is whether it is non-foaming. Soaps that lather easily tend to be harsher in stripping your skin of oils, whereas those that don't lather wash away dirt and toxic elements but leave behind good oils.
2. When you wake up in the morning, touch your face. You can also press a tissue over your face and visually see where you’re oily and where you’re not.
For Oily Skin
If your skin is oily, particularly around the T-zone, then you most likely have oily skin. Our products specifically for oily skin are our Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin, Rosemary Toning Mist, Purifying Mud Mask and Citrus Mint Cleanser.
For Normal/Combination Skin
If your skin feels normal (not too oily, not too dry), you likely have a normal skin type.
Normal or Combination skin is the most complicated skin type to recommend product for because everyone's experience is a little bit different.
If you love to workout, check out the Pytonutrient Cleanser, which is great to leave on for a minute after you apply because it has a built in hydrating serum blend that helps replenish the skin.
If there is an extreme difference from the t-zone to the other areas of your face, you may even benefit from using two different products, each on the different areas of your face. For example, using a product formulated for oily skin on your t-zone and products for normal or dry skin on the rest of your face.
For Dry Skin
If your skin feels dry, or is flaky anywhere, then we’d consider you to have a dry skin type.
Try the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, the Anti-Aging Serum, and the Anti-Aging Facial Oil for your daily routine and Coconut Honey Mask once or twice a week. If you find that the skin around your eyes is dry or you're starting to see signs of aging, try adding the Anti-Aging Eye Cream to your routine.
Once you have determined your skin type, you might want to know which products you should use. We have a handy guide: Skin Care by Skin Types — Which Annmarie Skin Care Products are Best for You?
Have you done this test? Let us know how it went and what your skin type is in the comments below…
P.S. Another way to learn more about your skin is with face mapping. If you have any issues with your skin that fall in line with the different skin types above, face mapping will help you understand those issues and then you can better find the right solution to take care of them.