Choosing skin care products depends much upon your skin type. The five most common skin types are acne/oily, aging, dry, normal and sensitive. Once you know your skin's type, you can find products that are made specifically to treat any problems associated with that type. All skin types follow a modified cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine according to specific needs. It is also generally recommended for all skin types to use a moisturizing product with an SPF in order to delay the onset of premature aging.
How to Determine Your Skin Type
Wash your face and pat it dry. Wait one hour and note whether your face feels tight or looks shiny or flaky. Press a separate piece of tissue or blotting paper onto each area of your face, including forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
Various factors contribute to skin type, including genes, diet, emotions, weather, stress, hormone fluctuation medication, and age. With so many variables affecting skin type, it's important to regularly assess your skin's needs and customize your skin care routine accordingly.