Determining Your Facial Skin Type & Care Guide
There are four basic skin types: dry, normal, combination and oily, and each skin type has its own characteristics. Read this guide to determine your skin type. Products can be purchased through
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Dry skin is characterized by small pores and a matte (dull) finish with little or no superficial oil or shine. Expression lines are quick to form on dry skin, especially around the eyes and mouth. Dry skin is more common in women over 50 and in those who live in low-humidity climates. Dry skin can develop among women who don’t protect their skin.
You flush easily or have red patches or eczema (a dry, rashlike condition). Your skin often feels rough, tight, or dry in the afternoon or evening—even two hours after applying moisturize. Skin products, sunblocks, and cosmetics sometimes sting or cause redness.
For dry skin, Mary Kay® products:
Gently cleanse without overstripping.
Soften, lubricate and restore needed moisture.
Make lines less noticeable and help reduce flakiness.
Normal skin is healthy-looking skin with a smooth texture. It contains a balance of oil and moisture and has infrequent blemishes or clogged pores. When properly cared for, lines and wrinkles seldom form on this type of skin until late in life.
Your skin is smooth and radiant because it reflects light evenly. Your complexion is balanced (not too oily or too dry), and you rarely have breakouts. You don’t notice any changes in your skin throughout the day and can try many kinds of products without having a reaction.
For normal skin, Mary Kay® products:
Maintain moisture balance for a healthy, radiant glow.
Refine skin’s texture and leave it clean and refreshed.
Combination skin is healthy-looking skin with a smooth texture and some oiliness in the T-zone areas (the area forming a “T” across the forehead and down the nose and chin) with some signs of dryness on the cheeks and outer edges of the face. When properly cared for, lines and wrinkles seldom form on this type of skin until late in life.
Your forehead, nose, and chin are oily and tend to break out, while your temples, eye area, and cheeks are really dry. You also fall into the combination category if your skin changes according to the climate or season—sometimes it’s completely oily, other times it’s sandpaper dry.
For combination skin, Mary Kay® products:
Help control excess oil in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).
Make pores appear smaller and hydrate dry areas.
Oily skin results when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, giving skin a shiny appearance. Sometimes a greasy or sticky feel remains for several hours after cleansing. It is also characterized by larger pores than other skin types and is more prone to breakouts, clogged pores and blemishes. Oily skin may tend to wrinkle less readily than drier skin types. The large amount of oil on the skin’s surface helps the upper layers retain water and protects the skin from environmental causes of dryness.
Your face feels and looks moist and shiny (especially at midday, when oil is at its peak). You tend to have clogged pores, and your skin is prone to both noninflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne (pimples and cystic zits), which pop up all over.
For oily skin, Mary Kay® products:
Help control surface oiliness, leaving skin feeling smooth and looking radiant.
Deep clean pore openings of impurities and oily buildup.
Help makeup stay fresher longer.