Most of the time, when you are shopping for Grooming products for the skin, you'll be faced with this question:

What's your skintype?

Most of the time, you'll likely give a blank stare back to the screen, as we did in the beginning.

Hey, we're here to help.

There are just a few skintypes that are referenced in skincare- Dry, Oily, Normal, and Combination. Let's unpack this. First, we're talking about your face here. Second, your skin may change types based on the season (weather), climate (dry vs humid), your lifestyle and your diet. Third, let us explain what the types are:

Dry Skin- Your skin contains natural oils that it produces. When your skin is dry, there is not enough oil and water being retained, so you may get flaky skin, discoloration, or just a really dry feeling.

Oily Skin- The opposite happens with Oily skin- your face is retaining extra oils. This can show up as shiny skin and enlarged pores and may develop into acne if the oil clogs up pores and hair follicles.

Normal Skin- If your skin is in the middle, neither oily nor dry, it's considered Normal. We think this term kinda sucks, because what is normal anyways? But it's just the name.

Combination Skin- Is when you have some combination of Oily patches, Normal patches, and Dry patches on your skin. You may experience a T-Zone breakout or spots around your mouth. 

What's the most common? All of them. Also, it varies by age- younger people have a higher level of hormones, so tend to have oilier skin. As you age, your skin produces less sebum (oil), so dryness is more common.

Why is any of this important? It matters when you are selecting skincare products so that what you get compliments your skintype. For example, if you have Oily skin, you want to avoid products that add additional oils to your face, as it may make the situation worse. Products often indicate what skintype they are made for right on the label.

If you're curious which products might be best for your skintype, take our Matchmaker quiz to find out what we recommend for you.  You can take it here:

The skincare Matchmaker at Consigliere

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