skin types

Skin Types – Normal, Dry, Oily and Sensitive Skin

The anti-aging or anti-wrinkle skin care products you choose will ultimately depend on the type of skin you have. By identifying your real skin type, you are able to avoid problematic ingredients in skincare products. Below is a look at the common skin types and tips on the right moisturizer to use for each type of skin.

  • Normal skin – This is skin that is neither too oily or too dry. In order to maintain this natural moisture balance, you will need to use a water-based moisturizer with a feel that is light and non-greasy. Such moisturizers typically contain oils that are light in weight, along with silicone-derived ingredients like cyclomethicone.
  • Dry skin – In order to restore moisture to skin that identifies as dry, you will require an oil-based moisturizer that is heavier and which contains ingredients to help keep the skin hydrated. Petrolatum-based products are ideal for skin that is very dry and cracked.
  • Oily skin – This skin type is prone to breakouts and acne. Even though its feel is oily, this skin type still requires moisturizers, especially following the use of skin care products that tend to remove oils and leave the skin dried out. Use a light moisturizer to protect such skin after washing.
  • Sensitive skin – This type of skin is susceptible to rashes, itching, redness and skin irritations. Find a moisturizer with soothing ingredients such as aloe or chamomile, and which doesn’t contain potential allergens such as dyes and fragrances. Also avoid any product that contains acids which tend to cause irritation to sensitive skin.