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Skincare 101

Identifying Your Skin Type

The beauty industry is positively overflowing with products for your every need and skin concern. Unfortunately, we know all too well that one person’s holy grail product might not produce the same result in another’s skin, and it all comes down to skin type! Being familiar with your skin type and its needs are a must if you want to live up to your best-skin potential (and avoid investing in products that aren’t right for you).

 

With the shift of seasons, it’s likely that your skin is going through some changes as well. In fact, your skin type might completely change between fall and winter. Because not everyone’s skin type is obvious, today we’re exploring the different types and helping you pinpoint yours accordingly!

Normal

If you’ve never thought twice about your skin type, there’s a good chance you fall into the normal skin type category. Those with normal skin don’t experience frequent breakouts, reactions to new products, or notice a change in their skin throughout the seasons.

 

A normal skin type means you can go one of two ways: either keep a low key, simple routine since your skin maintains itself for the most part, or play around with ALL the products, because you can. (It’s no surprise that we fully endorse the latter option.)

 

What to use:

White Marble Vitamin C-Peel, mix and match a Double Cleanse of your choice, Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15, Phelityl Night Cream

 

Oily

‘Shiny’ and ‘perpetually glowing’ are two terms oily-skinned people tend to use when describing the state of their skin. Blotting your face upon arriving to work is a mainstay of your summer routine and makeup seems to disappear faster than you’d like it to.

 

Moisturizing is still super important as an oily person since a dry face will cause your pores to produce even more oil to compensate. Exfoliating regularly and using an oil-free moisturizer is the way to go.

 

What to use:

Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse, Light Controling LotionHydra-Therapy Boost Serum (this can be used in place of a daytime moisturizer in warmer months), Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15 (use this in winter months), and Phelityl Night Cream

Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Although dryness and dehydration aren’t identical skin issues, the results are similar and they require the same route of treatment for the most part. Dry skin results when you don’t produce enough oil, while dehydrated skin doesn’t retain enough water. Dry skin can appear flaky or itchy while dehydrated skin feels tight and papery.

 

Both skin types need a moisturizer that locks in hydration and may require multiple layers applied throughout the day. Keeping a humidifier in your room will help. Don’t forget that it’s extra important for dry skin types to stay hydrated!

 

What to use:

Our entire Hydrate & Nourish collection, designed to lock in moisture and leave you with smooth extra glowy skin.

Combination

Combination skin types will see symptoms of both dry and oily skin. Generally, the oily spots are confined to the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) while the cheeks and the rest of the face are normal to dry.

 

Keeping your skin balanced is the goal here. This usually requires spot treating dry zones with a solid moisturizer and using a balancing toner to even out your face as much as possible.

 

What to use:

Light Controlling Lotion, Exfoliate & Detox Double Cleanse, Phelityl Night Cream, Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask.

 

Sensitive

You know that you have sensitive skin if you’ve ever tried a new product and had an immediate reaction to it (whether it be breaking out, dry patches, a rash, or any type of negative reaction).

 

Avoiding products with fragrance and certain ingredients that might set you off is key to catering to your sensitive skin. Also, steering clear of alcohol and selecting products labeled for sensitive skin is a good place to start. Even still...that might not be enough. We always recommend consulting with your dermatologist before introducing a new product into your routine, especially for those with sensitive skin.

 

What to use:

Our Sensitive Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar, Hydraphel Skin Supplement, Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask.

 

Acne Prone

Frequent breakouts across your face are a tell-tale sign that you have acne prone skin and are likely indicators that you’re susceptible to clogged pores. People with dry and oily skin can also fit into this category.

 

Acne-prone people should select products that are geared towards exfoliation and acne prevention (but make sure they’re gentle enough on your skin). Keep an eye out for acne-treating ingredients like salicylic acid, clay, benzoyl peroxide or retinol.

 

What to use:

Our Exfoliate & Detox Double Cleanse.

 

Looking for further direction and a skincare routine curated just for you? Take our Skin Personality Assessment Quiz.