When you wash your face and you have oil on your T-zone after a while and dryer on your cheeks you have Normal/combo skin. Normal skin types fluctuate between more dry and more oily, but have a good balance of both oil and water.
When you wash your face and it produces oil after a long time or not at all you have dry skin. Dry skin feels tight and can be flaky or have a matte finish.
Another skin type that can also just be a condition is sensitive skin. I have always been super sensitive to SO many products all my life. It’s really ridiculous and annoying when shopping for products and realizing after you’ve spent $30 that you will look sunburned, but enough about me.
A lot of people think they have sensitive skin. But, most people who think they have sensitive skin, actually have normal skin! Particularly common are women who breakout from products and think that means they’re sensitive. But sensitive skin has nothing to do with breakouts. Instead, it has to do with rashy irritation, redness, itching and burning sensations. If you do have sensitive skin, of course, be careful; but if you don’t, you could be missing out on some great products perfectly suited for the skin type you do have!
If you breakout from products when you first try them that could just mean your body is ridding itself of toxins. It takes a good 2 weeks before your skin gets used to a product. Also, switching back and forth between all different products could cause irritation because of all the chemicals you’re putting on your skin. If you have itchy, rash like irritation that burns than that could be a sensitivity to something in the ingredients. I am especially sensitive to perfumes and dyes added to products, I get hives thinking about Bath and Body Works.
Dry vs. Dehydrated
This is tricky but more common than you’d think. It is possible to have normal or oily skin and still be dehydrated. The difference in dry and dehydrated is the lack of water. Dry skin lacks oil and is flaky while dehydrated skin can look crepey(very fines lines when skin is pushed together). To avoid having dehydrated skin it’s important to drink lots of water and get in your electrolytes!
Having a certain skin type doesn’t mean the end of the world if you’ve been using products for a totally different skin type. It may actually help combat problem areas that keep reappearing. When I started school I thought I was normal and sensitive and found out I was more on the dryer side. It’s made a huge difference because my skin regimen has changed to where my skin is more hydrated and looks healthier! WINNER!