Everyone’s skin gets dry skin in the winter. But does that mean your skin type is dry? Skin care products and tips are often centered around skin type—but if you’re not sure what yours is, the information can often be confusing, contradictory, or misleading.
This simple checklist will allow you to determine what type of skin you have. If you answer “yes” to the questions under each headline, that means you’ve found your skin type. Also, keep in mind that your skin type can change as you age.
If you answered “yes” to at least three of these questions, then you probably have oily skin. It is is commonly characterized by having a lot of, well, excess oil. Essentially, oily skin is caused by your glands secreting too much oil that causes your skin to become irritated and break out.
If you identify with these questions, than you likely have dry skin. A lack of moisture is heightens the symptoms of dry skin, which is why a lack of humidity can affect your complexion. If you have dry skin, you’re probably not doing enough to lock in moisture (there’s more to it than just wearing moisturizer).
Combination skin is actually the most common skin type and is often caused by hormone imbalances and genetics, so you can thank your parents for your combination skin. There might not be much you can do, but treating your dry skin and oily skin separately is actually a good idea.
Now, there are two other sub-skin types that you might also identify with. What is called “normal” skin essentially boils down to not experiencing many skin abnormalities or suffering from breakouts, oil, or dryness. If this is you, consider yourself lucky.
You could also have skin that easily redens or is easily irritated, which indicates having sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, use new products with caution and try to keep a consistent skin care routine to prevent flare ups.
Now, go forth and treat your skin type!