Woman getting a facial

If you’re reading this, hopefully, that means you’re taking the first step to improve the look of your skin. But before you get started down the track to great looking, healthy skin, it is important to determine exactly what your skin type is before treating it. Incorrectly identifying your skin type is a common mistake that women make, and it can lead to wasteful purchases with little to no results. So we’ve broken down skin types into four categories to help you determine what facial services will best suit your needs. The four categories are: Oily, Normal, Dry and/or sensitive, and Combination.

Oily
This is probably the easiest to identify. If your skin looks shiny and feels oily or wet, especially around the middle of the day, you fall into this category. You probably break out easily, and might have clogged pores, blackheads, or acne. So now that you’ve diagnosed your skin type, what can you do to help solve it? The easiest way to control oil is to clean your face in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t increase oil production like a harsh soap might. Avoid washcloths or rough sponges, as this can also increase the oil on your skin. If the simple cleansing doesn’t help, try an acne cleanser with acid in it. If you go to the spa ask for a facial with a chemical exfoliant, and try a professional extraction to get rid of ugly blackheads.

Normal
Ok Miss Lucky, so you have a nice even complexion, little to no pimples, and you are not prone to breakouts after trying a new product. Congratulations, you have normal skin! Keep up whatever you’re doing at home, and feel free to treat yourself to any of the spa’s many facial services! Normal skin is prone to becoming drier as you age, so you may want to start using a light moisturizer in your twenties and thirties to get ahead of fine lines and wrinkle.

Dry and/or Sensitive
Like oily skin, you probably know if you have dry skin due to the rough red, sometimes flaky patches. Sensitive skin can be a little harder to self-diagnose, but if your skin is easily irritated, and using lotions and moisturizers do more harm than good, you also fit into this category. So what kind of facial services can you do to overcome dry or sensitive skin? For dry skin try a facial with a mask, especially rubberizing masks that will help force the moisturizing product into your pores for a hydrated look after removal. For sensitive skin, avoid any facials with scents or irritants. Instead, go for a gentle exfoliating facial that uses enzymes.

Combination
Some parts of your face might be dry while others are oily, or maybe your skin fluctuates between dry and oily. If this describes your skin, you need to have a facial that treats the different areas separately as described above for the individual areas. Try multi-masking or using these combo masks once a week to treat all areas equally. Combination skin is not uncommon, and may take a little more time to cleanse with several different products but as skin changes, this regimen is necessary to keep skin looking great!