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Do You know Your Skintype?
Do You know Your Skintype?

Your skin may not fall into the category you think it does, but knowing whether you're dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination can stop breakouts, bring life to dull skin, and even prevent early aging. Don't buy another cream or cleanser without reading this quick run-down below.

DRY SKIN TYPE: Skin feels tight and rough and sometimes flakes or turns red from irritation.

What to Do: Soothe and nourish skin with a face cleanser that has hydrating essential oils like Panthenol Cleanser, Moisture Protecting Cleanser, Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Lotion. A gentle scrub used a few times a week like The Ultimate Scrub will help skin shed dead, flaky cells or try the vitamin B-3 Enzyme Peel you just apply and wash off like a 10 minute masque. A rich moisturizer, plus a weekly hydration mask, will boost your natural glow. Dry skin is a hotbed for fine lines and wrinkles, so look for anti-aging products. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

COMBINATION SKIN TYPE: Forehead, nose, and chin areas tend to be oily, while cheeks and eyes are dry.

What to Do: Follow the basic guidelines for normal skin, but add a weekly clay mask or Zinc & Sulpur Masque to just the oily T-zone areas. Use a heavier eye cream under the eyes and on cheeks and a lighter moisturizer for the rest of the face. Triple C & E Complex will help unclog stubborn pores and heal sun damage. ~~~~~~~~~~~

NORMAL SKIN TYPE: Skin has an even tone and texture and pores are small.

What to Do: Find a routine that works and stick with it Use a general cleanser such as Hydrating Cleansing Mousse or Skin Prep Cleanser and moisturizer like Moisture Perfecting Creme, or Photobiotic Creme Gel daily and exfoliate a few times a week to prevent the buildup of dead skin.~~

OILY SKIN TYPE: Skin becomes shiny and greasy throughout the day and pores are visibly large.

What to Do: Use a cleanser like AHA/BHA Cleansing Mousse, Pore Clearing, Cleanser or freshener with salicylic acid like Pure Clearing Astringent or Radiance Boost Exfoliating Freshener to unclog pores and reduce oil production and don't skimp on moisturizer—your skin is producing oil because it isn't properly hydrated. Pick one that's oil-free like Oil Free Hydrating Fluid, Moisture Replenishing Creme, Eye Serum Illuminating Contour Lift ~~~~~~~~~~~

SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE: Skin is easily irritated by products and prone to occasional breakouts or rashes. Product # 2C90 Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel Pump is for normal-oily sensitive skins, for instance.

What to Do: Prevent irritation by sticking with gentle products that are fragrance-free and have all-natural ingredients. Skip the tough scrubs, too.

For Maturing sensitive skin, try high performance products like Redensifier Firming Nourishing Repair and Cell Youth Actif Serum which work beautifully on most sensitive skin types. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~