The path to great-looking skin begins with knowing your skin type.
Is your skin flaky, scaly or rough? If so, then you’ve got dry skin.
Are you troubled by shine, grease and maybe even large pores? The
culprit is oily skin.
Is your skin dry in some spots and oily in others? Label it
Does some make-up and other products make your skin burn or itch?
Likely you’ve got sensitive skin.
If none of the above describes your skin and it’s balanced and clear,
lucky you! You have normal skin.
Once you’ve identified your skin type, it’s easy to get down to the
basics of good skin care. They amount to three things: Cleaning,
moisturizing and regular application of sunscreen.
Normal/Combo Skin: Use a gentle cleanser or soap and wash, don’t
scrub. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. If your skin
dries out or gets oily, experiment with different cleansers until you
hit the right one.
Dry Skin: Use a gentle cleanser that’s alcohol and fragrance-free.
Wash, don’t scrub and rinse with warm water, never hot which robs
natural oils from your face.
Oily Skin: Use an oil-free foaming cleanser and rinse thoroughly with
warm water. You might try using a toner or astrigent afterwards but
watch for irritation.
Sensitive Skin: Use a very gentle cleanser specially formulated for
sensitive skin. It should be free of alcohol, soap, acid and
fragrance. Look for ingredients like aloe and chamomile. Pat dry –
never rub, and forget about using exfoliants.
You’re never too young to need moisturizer. All skin needs moisture –
even oily skin! Use it every day, no matter what skin type you have.
It helps it from drying out.
Rule of thumb: Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp from
washing and rinsing. It helps seal in moisture.
Oily or acne-prone skin alert! Find a moisturizer that’s lightweight
and oil-free (non-comedogenic) so it doesn’t block your pores. People
undergoing treatment for oily or acne-prone skin are often applying
drying products which can cause their skin to start producing even
more oil to balance things out. So using a light moisturizer can help
keep skin in balance and actually cause it to produce less oil over
Even if your moisturizer already contains sunscreen, it’s still a good
idea to apply another layer of protection. Look for a broad spectrum
sunscreen that’s effective at blocking both UVA and UVB rays. The FDA
rules a sunscreen must be SPF 15 or higher in order to claim it
protects against skin cancer. Wear it every day, even when it’s cloudy
Build your skin care routine around these basics and you’ll be well on
your way to the complexion of your dreams!
Have you been paying close attention? The first 5 people to respond
with the correct answer to the following question in the Comments
section will receive a FREE jar of Piel MD Oil-Free Moisturizer. Part
of the Piel MD® Treatment System, this oil-free moisturizer is
designed to keep skin hydrated and prevent what is known as “rebound”
acne, caused from skin producing excess sebum and becoming overly
oily. The Piel MD® Oil-Free Moisturizer is an elegant, sheer facial
moisturizer recommended for all skin types, especially acne and oily
THE QUESTION: Should you skip moisturizer if you have oily skin?
Explain why or why not.