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Dre Does a Skin Type Guide

The first step to getting your skin to look and feel the way you want it to is to know what your skin type is. Essentially, you can't fix the problem unless you know what the problem is. So I've made a description of each skin type. One of the biggest misconceptions about skin is dehydration. I have mentioned it before but in case you missed it, it's important to know that any skin type can be dehydrated. Hydration refers to the moisture or amount of water in your skin, and dryness refers to the amount of oil. So whether you are oily or dry or inbetween, you can be dehydrated. Your skin is the last organ of the body to receive water, so water consumption is important for all skin types.

Dry Skin feels rough, tight, itchy, flakey, and lacks oil.  The pores of dry skin tend to be very small and not very visible. It is the skin type that is most likely to be dehydrated and requires gentle cleansing and creamy moisturizers and cleansers.

Oily Skin feels waxy, greasy, looks shiny, has an over production of oil, and can be flakey around the nose. In the T-Zone area, true oily skin has larger and more visible pores (T-Zone refers to the forehead, nose, and chin area). People with oily skin generally want their skin to 'feel clean' because of these symptoms. Oily skin can also be dehydrated and requires light moisturizers and gel cleansers. 

Normal Skin has just the right amount of oil. Depending on the season, it can be dryer on the cheeks (winter) or be oilier in the T-Zone. If you find you get slightly oily throughout the day and only in your T-Zone you most likely have normal skin. Combination Skin is a more drastic difference in cheeks and T-Zone. 

Sensitive Skin is generally red, warm, inflamed, light sensitive, and affected by the wind and touch. You should make sure you use gentle, soothing, and calming products. Also make sure to stay away from heavy fragrances in skin care products.

I hope this helps you at least establish what type of skin you have. If you ever have questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you!

Have a beautiful day,

Dre

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