What Type of Skin Do I have? Here’s How to Know - Glo2Facial by Geneo

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Knowing your skin type is essential to creating a tailored, effective skincare routine and understanding how your skin reacts to different ingredients and environmental stressors. However, it can be tricky to identify your skin type since it can change based on many factors, including age, diet, climate, and stress.

This guide will help you understand your skin type — whether it’s normal, oily, dry, or combination — and how to best care for it. We’ll also identify the perfect Glo2Facial customization to address common skin concerns based on skin type so you can get gorgeous, glowing skin that lasts.

Types of Skin

The skin can be categorized into four basic types, and your skin type determines your skin concerns and the best way to care for them. The four skin types are:

  1. 1. Normal: Normal skin is the goldilocks of skin types. It isn’t too oily or dry, doesn’t break out often, has few signs of aging, and doesn’t react negatively to new products or seasonal changes.
  2. 2. Oily: Oily skin types often appear greasy a few hours after cleansing, have visible pores, and may experience breakouts often.
  3. 3. Dry: Dry skin often feels tight, especially after cleansing, because it lacks moisture. It may also have a dull, rough appearance.
  4. 4. Combination: Combination skin types experience dryness and oiliness simultaneously on different parts of the face. The t-zone is typically oily, and the rest of the face is dry.

How to Determine Skin Type

There’s no foolproof way to determine skin type, but there is a simple test that can help you make an educated guess.

Try this simple test to help you determine your skin type:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
  • Leave your skin bare for about one hour.
  • Check your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin for any shininess. Make a few exaggerated facial expressions to see if your skin feels tight.

The results:

  • If your skin feels tight, you likely have dry skin.
  • If you have a sheen on your nose and forehead, you likely have normal skin.
  • If you have shininess on your nose and forehead but your cheeks feel tight, you likely have combination skin.
  • If you have a shine on your cheeks as well as your forehead and nose, you likey have oily skin.

Oily Skin: How to Know if You Have Oily Skin

Oily skin is one of the easiest skin types to identify because it leaves many clues behind.

  • Greasy appearance: The most noticeable sign of oily skin is a shiny or greasy look caused by excess sebum production.
  • Large pores: The overproduction of oil can lead to clogged pores that make them appear enlarged.
  • Acne-prone: Oily skin is often accompanied by breakouts due to oil-clogged pores.
  • Makeup doesn’t last: If it seems like your makeup disappears within a few hours, you may have oily skin.

Caring for oily skin requires a targeted game plan to limit breakouts, reduce shininess, and halt excess oil production. Here are our best skincare tips for oily skin types:

  • Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil. Avoid harsh cleansers with alcohol, which can lead to even more oil production.
  • Exfoliate three times per week to help remove dead skin cells and oil that clog pores and lead to breakouts.
  • Use oil-free, non-comedogenic skincare products that won’t clog pores.
  • Don’t skip the moisturizer. Oily skin still needs moisture to be healthy; skipping this step can trigger the body to produce more oil.

Balance: The Best Glo2Facial Customization for Oily Skin

The Glo2Facial Balance customization works exceptionally well to deep-clean oily skin types. Its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties make it an excellent choice for acne-prone skin.
Benefits of the Glo2Facial Balance customization:

  • Fights acne: Gentle exfoliation and antibacterial ingredients help treat acne-prone skin.
  • Minimizes oil production: Antioxidants help reduce pore size and promote collagen growth to balance oily skin.
  • Removes dirt and impurities: Bamboo charcoal absorbs dirt and impurities to clarify the skin.

Dry Skin: How to Know if You Have Dry Skin

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Dry skin lacks sufficient natural oils to keep it hydrated and protected. Here are the most common signs of dry skin:

  • Has a rough texture that may be accompanied by flaking or peeling
  • Feels tight after washing
  • Has a dull appearance due to the lack of moisture
  • Is often red or irritated because it’s not protected by the body’s natural oils

With the proper care, you can hydrate dry skin and reduce or eliminate tightness and flakiness. Follow these tips to improve dry skin:

  • Apply a rich, ultra-hydrating moisturizer after washing your face or bathing.
  • Avoid soaps, cleansers, and treatments with alcohol or fragrances, which can irritate dry skin and strip away any natural oils.
  • Hydrate your skin from within by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Hydrate: The Best Glo2Facial Customization for Dry Skin
    The Glo2Facial Hydrate customization is tailor-made for dry skin types and features deeply hydrating ingredients. Glo2Facial Hydrate provides:
  • Better moisture retention: Improves the skin’s moisture retention and works overtime to replenish dry and dull skin.
  • Enhanced hydration and firmness: Helps dry skin types retain more moisture and exfoliates dead skin cells for a smooth, hydrated complexion.
  • Stronger skin barrier: Supports the skin barrier during seasonal and environmental changes, which can lead to dehydration.

Normal Skin: How to Know if You Have Normal Skin

A normal skin type is what we all strive for, so if you naturally have this skin type, consider yourself lucky! A normal skin type is characterized by the following:

  • A smooth texture, with few visible pores or fine lines
  • A radiant complexion that’s not oily or dry
  • Clear skin that’s rarely bothered by breakouts

Normal skin has no major concerns, but it’s still important to take care of it properly. We recommend using gentle products to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize, and of course, use sunscreen daily.

Detox: The Best Glo2Facial Customization for Normal Skin

Those with normal skin types don’t have to worry about balancing oil production or enhancing hydration, but they’re still at the mercy of the environment. External factors like pollution, UV rays, and allergens can irritate the skin and diminish your natural glow. Glo2Facial Detox treats and protects your skin, shielding it from environmental factors and proactively addressing signs of aging.

Combination Skin: How to Know if You Have Combination Skin

The aptly named combination skin type experiences a mix of dry and oily skin. You likely have combination skin if:

  • Your t-zone is oily, and the rest of your face feels dry or tight.
  • You have large, visible pores where your skin is oily and small pores where your skin is dry.
  • You experience dry, flaky patches in some areas and breakouts in others.

Caring for combination skin can be frustrating since different areas of your face have opposite needs. Here are a few tips to help you care for combination skin effectively:

  • Look for skincare products specifically formulated for combination skin.
  • Use blotting sheets to control oil in your t-zone without affecting the dry areas of your skin.
  • Take a targeted approach with serums, moisturizers, and treatments by applying them to specific areas of concern rather than your whole face.

Balance + Hydrate: The Best Glo2Facial Customizations for Combination Skin

Combination skin calls for a highly tailored treatment that combines our Balance and Hydrate customizations to ensure all areas of your skin get the treatments they need.

Glo2Facial Balance benefits for oily skin:

  • Fights acne with gentle exfoliation and antibacterial ingredients
  • Minimizes oil production and reduces pore size
  • Removes dirt and impurities with bamboo charcoal to clarify the skin

Glo2Facial Hydrate benefits for dry skin:

  • Improves moisture retention to replenish dry, dull skin
  • Strengthens the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss and eliminate the uncomfortable tightness that dry skin can cause
  • Promotes cellular regeneration to rejuvenate dull, rough skin

Book the Best Glo2Facial Customization for Your Skin Type

Now that you’ve identified your skin type and know what your skin needs to look and feel its best, it’s time to book your tailored Glo2Facial treatment! Find a Glo2Facial provider near you and enjoy the immediate and long-lasting benefits of our patented technology.