Does caring for your skin feel like a losing battle, no matter what you try? Determining your skin type may be the first step toward ending your skin care struggles once and for all. Each of the five basic skin types—normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and combination—has unique characteristics and needs.

Understanding how to properly care for your skin type is the first step in building the perfect skincare routine that will make your skin look and feel its best.


1. Normal Skin

Normal skin is balanced, making it the “Goldilocks” of skin types. It's neither too oily nor too dry, nor is it not overly sensitive or prone to redness, breakouts, or blemishes. You may have normal skin if: Your skin has a smooth texture and uniform complexion all year round, whatever the weather. Pimples? Not a problem for you. You also wash your face with whatever soap is available without thinking twice. (Who needs a fancy face cleanser, anyway?) Read on to page 6 for how to care for this skin type.

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