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No two women are the same. Some of us are tall. Others are short. Some are tan, while others have fair porcelain skin. And, we all have our own specific skin type which comes with its own issues and which needs its own specific type of skincare routine. This is why what works wonders for your best friend may do nothing for you.

In this article, we are going to cover some basics of how to care for your skin. First things first, you’ll need to figure out what your skin type is, and this will help your determine your skincare routine.

Identifying your skin type

Here are the 3 most common skin types:

  • Dry
  • Oily
  • Combination

Does one ring a bell? If you are not sure, read through the descriptions below for an explanation of each. Whichever skin type is most like yours, follow the tips specifically for your skin type. Remember each person has a unique set of skin needs and learning yours will help you to keep a healthy, glowing complexion for the rest of your life.

Dry Skin Steps

Dry skin can be flaky and ashy. It is also often easily irritated and can be very sensitive to commercial products that are not specially designed for the sensitivity.

Tips for a healthy dry skin routine:

  1. Use retinol. But, stop using it if you experience any signs of irritation.
  2. Apply products with hyaluronic acid.
  3. Moisturize frequently.
  4. Be careful and slowly add new products to your skin’s line up.

Oily Skin Steps

Oily skin has an excess production of oil and is often quite susceptible to acne. If you find yourself having to powder your face multiple times a day to keep the oil under control then you probably have this type of skin.

Oily skin routine advice:

  1. Cleanse the skin twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
  2. Use salicylic acid. This will dry out acne.
  3. Apply retinol to reduce oil production and reduce the presence of big pores.
  4. Use an oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen.

Combination Skin Steps

Are your cheeks dry while your forehead and chin are oily? Do you experience a large amount of your acne on your nose and brow area? If so, it is safe to say that you have combination skin.

Ideas for a combination skin routine:

  1. Use gentle cleansers and steer clear of medicated cleansers.
  2. Use salicylic acid on oily areas.
  3. Use moisturizer in the drier areas.

Cultivate the skincare routine that’s right for your skin type and you will reap the rewards for years to come. It’s vital that you take the time to care for your skin in the way that it needs care. If you feel unsure or are experiencing unusual skin issues, always discuss these issues with a dermatologist or your family doctor, of course.