What is your skin type?

Our skin takes a beating from environmental factors including the very air we breathe, the sun we love to bask in and the water in which most of us shower.  Even the water we drink often fails to hydrate our skin due to chemicals that have leached into our water supply.

Here is some general information on types of skin, to help you begin learning more about your best approach to personal skin care. 

Normal Skin

This is the skin we'd all love to have. Soft, plump and with small to medium sized pores. Normal skin has good elasticity and is smooth and firm to the touch.

Oily Skin

Just look at most any teenager going through hormonal changes and you can see oily skin. Oily skin looks shiny and also has a sort of hardness to it that goes beyond the nice firmness of normal skin—a sort of thickness. Pores are larger and more visible and, due to the excess oil, there's more of a tendency toward pimples, blackheads, whiteheads etc. with the oily complexion.

Dry Skin

If you see skin flaking off or your skin feels tight on your face, you probably are a dry skin type. However, sometimes this dryness can be brought on by not drinking enough water, certain types of heating in winter, and being in wind for prolonged periods so if you normally don't feel that your skin is dry, then look to environmental factors as the cause.

If you've recently changed soaps, that could be another factor. Soaps, in general, tend to be drying. Those with added moisturizers can cause allergic reaction so if you have changed cleansing products lately and are experiencing difference in skin tone, you may need to change again! There are other skin disorders that can produce the appearance of dry skin type including dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is like having a split-personality. One part may be dry while another is oily. The term "T-zone" refers to combination skin types where the forehead, nose and chin are oily but the cheeks and the area around the eyes is either normal or dry.

This will fit the majority of combination skin types except for a small percentage who may have symptoms such as a pimply forehead or cheeks that are dry where all else is normal. In some cases, the skin could be normal everywhere outside the T Zone and this would still be combination skin type.

Sensitive Skin

A person with sensitive skin has a lot more trouble with environmental factors than the average person. Their skin burns more easily in the sun, they have more sensitivity to cosmetics (particularly if perfumed) and may experience rashes or a burning sensation due to overexposure to wind, sun, and extreme shifts in temperature.

If your skin is easily irritated or fits into the other descriptions, you may be a sensitive skin type.