How to Determine Your Skin Type

In order to achieve smooth, healthy skin, it is important to first determine your skin type. Knowing your skin type can help you make better decisions about the products you use on your skin—especially on your face.

NeedCrystals microdermabrasion crystals are most effective when used in combination with products that work with your skin type—whether you’re choosing microdermabrasion for sensitive skin, oily skin, or something in between.

Let’s look at some of the essential factors you need to know to determine your skin type and the best way to treat your skin.

A Quick Overview

Your skin likely falls under one of these five major types:

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Combination
  • Sensitive

These are based on both the innate qualities of your skin and how they react to different skin care product and treatments. For example, the moisture in your skin, the amount of oil it produces, and your skin’s tendency to break out after using a thick moisturizer or too much makeup are all factors that go into determining your skin type.

You Might Have Normal Skin If...

Normal Skin

Normal skin typically means that your skin doesn’t feel dry and doesn’t feel oily, and will most likely feel even or the same all over. Similarly, your skin won’t have any major reaction to skin care products, moisturizers, and cleansers. You will want to use lotion for normal skin types to encourage maintaining the health of your skin, but you’re lucky in that your skin won’t react too negatively while you’re trying to figure out your ideal moisturizer and cleanser.

Physically, normal skin tends to not have regular pimples or imperfections. It may have breakouts on occasion, most likely due to dietary changes or stress. People with normal skin don’t have many visible pores and typically have a healthy glow without appearing overly shiny.

You Might Have Oily Skin If...

If you determine your skin type to be oily, you may notice that your skin often appears shiny and feels very soft to the touch. It is important to maintain a facial cleansing routine if you have oily skin; wash your face regularly, rinse off after exercise or perspiration, and utilize products that are gentle on your pores.

It may seem counterintuitive, but moisturizing is important when you have oily skin, as it will help your skin regulate its oil production to minimize outbreaks.

Oily skin can have enlarged pores and frequent blackheads and pimples. Due to excess oil, the skin can get clogged much easier, so it is important to avoid touching your face with your hands or squeezing blemishes.

You Might Have Dry Skin If...

Dry skin can feel tight and constricted and can become ashy, with occasional patches of redness. You’ll also have more visible lines, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. The lack of natural oils can also contribute to the skin having a dull appearance, while the pores will be nearly invisible.

Dry skin is especially influenced by weather. Dry skin will do especially well in humid climates, but gets dryer and redder with exposure to extreme winds, too much sunlight, and cold temperatures. Consider using a humidifier in your home if you have dry skin, and be mindful of long, hot showers that can exacerbate dryness.

If you determine your skin type to be dry, you’ll want to keep a moisturizer with SPF handy, as it will help with your skin’s overall appearance while preventing it from drying out. You may also want to avoid astringent cleaners and certain overly-fragrant cosmetics, as these ingredients can also harm your skin.

You Might Have Sensitive Skin If...

Sensitive skin can often be described as very dry skin and is easily impacted by skin care products and chemicals found around the house. It’s often painful due to tightness and appears red. It’s not always about appearances, as many people with sensitive skin simply just feel the tightness and burning even if their skin looks fine.

Sensitive skin can be prone to rashes, redness, random pustules, and pimples. If you have sensitive skin, it’s possible that you have a mild allergy to chemicals used in some facial care or beauty products, however you could also suffer from a more serious skin disorder such as eczema or rosacea—in which case, you would want to consult a dermatologist to determine what products would be best to use on your skin.

Sensitive skin does not mean that you need to cut out the use of any skin care products. Microdermabrasion for sensitive skin uses crystals specifically formulated to gently exfoliate sensitive skin cells without overly drying or irritating the skin.

You Might Have Combination Skin If...

Combination Skin

Combination skin is what it sounds like: patches of skin that have the attributes of multiple types.

This is most commonly seen with people who have dry or normal skin across the majority of their face but have oily skin in their T-zone—or the area around the forehead, nose, or mouth.

What many people with combination skin don’t realize is that you can treat different parts of your skin with different products. Once you’ve determined your skin type for each area of your face, you can choose use your products on the normal part of your skin and use a supplement product—such as a lotion or serum specifically designed for dry or oily skin—on other parts of your face.

Microdermabrasion for Your Skin Type

At NeedCrystals, we provide professional-grade white aluminum oxide crystals for at-home microdermabrasion treatments. Simply add them to your favorite facial cleanser, lotion, or moisturizer—one that you’ve carefully chosen after determining your skin type.

Microdermabrasion has a positive effect on most types of skin. For oily and normal skin types, it can provide a thorough cleansing, removing the top layers of skin, and letting new, fresh skin develop in its place.

Microdermabrasion for sensitive skin and dry skin should be used in moderation, but can help clear up temporary breakouts and minimize fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Contact NeedCrystals to learn more about what microdermabrasion crystals can do for you and how to use them for your specific skin type.

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