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How to Find and Target Your Skin Type

Discover your skin type to take better care of your skin

Before the foundation, concealer and mascara, your skin care is one of the most important steps in a beauty routine. In order to set yourself up with a perfect canvas, you must master your skincare routine. To achieve maximum results, it’s important to understand your skin type and use products made for you. What works for one person, may not work for you! In fact, if you don’t use the correct products for your skin type, you can make the problem worse! This skincare guide will help you discover your skin type and learn what regimen may be best for you.


If you have normal skin, you have an even and smooth skin tone with few to no blemishes. Lucky you! This means your skin is well-balanced, but this doesn’t mean you’re free of needing a skincare regimen.

TO-DO LIST: If you have normal skin, you should still maintain a regular daily cleansing and moisturizing regimen and also exfoliate two to three times per week to maintain healthy skin.


Dry skin often feels tight, dehydrated and can even be flaky and prone to fine lines and wrinkles as this skin type produces less sebum than the other skin types.

TO-DO LIST: If you have dry skin, be sure to stay hydrated, by drinking enough water and moisturizing at least once daily; more often if needed. Skincare professionals recommend that you exfoliate two to three times per week and use products containing hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to your skin. Hydrating face masks and creams can also be used to alleviate any tightness, itching, dryness or discomfort.


Oily skin appears shiny or greasy to the touch, particularly along the T-zone and cheeks. Individuals with oily skin tend to have larger pores and are more prone to blemishes and breakouts.

TO-DO LIST: You should stay clear of any oil-based products if you have oily skin. When choosing a moisturizer you should opt for light, water-based products. Use an antibacterial face wash and a very light exfoliator two to three times per week, which will help reduce and prevent breakouts.


Combination skin is a mix between oily and dry skin. Typically, you’re prone to acne on your chin, nose and forehead, and experience dryness on your lips, cheeks and eyes.

TO-DO LIST: When you have combination skin, it is important to use products specifically designed for combination skin, which will target your individual problem areas where they occur on your face. Do not be tempted to use products that will only target oily or dry skin, as it will make the opposing area worse.

By: Nicole Sweetman-Rice


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Nicole Sweetman-Rice

Nicole Sweetman-Rice

Nicole Sweetman-Rice is one of Vitalize Magazine’s premier beauty, and fashion writers! Knowledgable in all things makeup, fashion, and skin care, Nicole has a love for sharing her knowledge about up and coming trends, tips and more! Read Nicole’s articles and learn how to become your best and most beautiful self; whether it’s Targeting Your […]

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