What you should really be looking at when determining your skin type …

Whenever you hit up a Sephora or a beauty department sales associate looking for a new foundation or the latest moisturizer the first thing they will ask is what’s your skin type? This is without fail … and with good intention because really, they just want to make sure you’re getting the right product for your skin type and needs. However, if you aren’t a regular at a dermatologist’s office or a facial bar … you might not know yourself!

Image : Jacks Beauty Department, Berlin

Sales associates and makeup artists are trained to help you determine this but not without asking you a few questions that only you would know. So the real question here is … do you know the answers?

If you’re trying to determine your skin type before making a big skincare purchase, try to look and find the answers to these five important questions :

When you wake up in the morning, does your skin feel :

  1. dry and tight
  2. oily and heavy
  3. the same as when you fell asleep

Ten minutes after cleansing and moisturizing, your skin feels like :

  1. you need more moisturizer
  2. you put on too much moisturizer
  3. you can no longer feel the moisturizer but also feel fresh and clean

When you apply your makeup :

  1. you are unable to get a nice smooth application and powders feel like they are dragging on your skin
  2. you are unable to get liquid or cream makeup to stay in place and it slides around too much
  3. you get a nice even application and don’t have too much trouble with makeup

By midday, your makeup looks :

  1. patchy, and needs some adjustments
  2. shiny, and like it has disappeared or has started to migrate to other areas of the face
  3. the same, but you might need to add some lipgloss

By the end of the day, your skin feels like it is :

  1. inflamed, irritated and/or itchy
  2. greasy, shiny and in need of a good cleanse
  3. tired and ready to be cleansed, but otherwise fine

If you answered mostly 1′s, chances are you’re dry or dehydrated. Mainly 2′s, you’re a candidate for an oiler t-zone. Strictly 3′s, and you’re what most would consider normal.

Knowing the answers to these questions will lead you to making better choices in your skincare and makeup products, and in the end a much happier you with respect to your purchases! But keep this in mind – rarely is anyone just one thing. In fact, it’s more common to be a combination skin type! So, when taking this quick questionnaire keep in mind what your second answer would be if your first answer didn’t exist. Let the makeup artist or sales associate know your answers and see what they recommend!

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