Unless you belong to the rare breed of girls who were born with flawless complexions (we’re looking at you, Angel Aquino), you’ll probably agree that every good skin day counts. Thwarted time and time again by surprise breakouts or annoying dryness? Consider this: you might not be using the right skincare for your particular skin type.
Ready for a crash course to your complexion? There are five distinct skin types, and your pretty face belongs to one of them. Find out which, right here.
The Good: Your complexion has a matte, close-to-poreless appearance thanks to your teensy, tiny pores.
The Not-So-Great: Your skin often looks dull and feels rough, dehydrated, and uncomfortably tight. You are also prone to red patches and eczema (an itchy, crusty inflammation).
The Battle Plan: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Try These: Mizon’s Lovely Moisturizer, Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil, Origins’ Drink Up Overnight Mask
The Good: The natural moisture in your skin protects you from wrinkles and skin-aging (woohoo!).
The Not-So-Great: Your skin is shinier and coarser in appearance than you’d like it to be. Due to enlarged pores, you are also prone to acne, blackheads, and whiteheads (urgh!).
The Battle Plan: Cleanse like you mean it.
Try These: Pangea Organics’ Wild Plum & Willow Facial Cleanser, Philosophy’s Purity 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel
The Good: You’ll rack up a lot more skincare knowledge than your friends, because you actually have two skin types.
The Not-So-Great: Your skin is a combination of oily and dry. Half the time it’s greasy (especially at the T-zone), half the time it’s bone-dry (around the eyes and cheeks).
The Battle Plan: Strike a balance between hydration and cleansing.
Try These: Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Foam, RMK’s Moisturizing Cleansing Oil, Origins’ Checks & Balances Face Wash
The Good: You can use baby products, because they are incredibly gentle.
The Not-So-Great: Because your skin is so sensitive, you are likely to experience redness, dryness, itching, and stinging (especially if the product you’re using is too potent).
The Battle Plan: Soothe your skin daily—and don’t forget the SPF.
Try These: Zenutrients’ Calendula & Milk Soap, Lumiere Organic’s Multivitamin Sunscreen Gel
The Good: Oh, you know, everything! You’re not too oily, too dry, or too sensitive. Since your skin is balanced, it appears smooth, radiant, and pretty much flawless.
The Not-So-Great: Life’s not perfect, so you still might get the odd pimple now and again. Operative word: might.
The Battle Plan: Keep up the good genes with quality skincare.
Try These: Origins’ Energy Boosting GinZing Moisturizer, Leyende’s Face Canvas Moisturizer, My Beauty Diary’s Firming Natto Mask