You’ve heard over and over again about different products being for certain skin types and not others. As we say at Romer, all skin types require daily cleansing and moisturizing, but it is important to recognize the different skin types – which include dry, normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin. Each skin type has different needs and understanding your skin type is the first step in properly caring for it.
Common Characteristics of Skin Types:
- Dry skin is typically described as skin that is dull, rough, flaky and even scaly in some cases. It often feels very tight and can easily become itchy and irritated.
- Normal skin is the “balance” – it is neither oily or dry. This skin type is less prone to skin tightness (from dry skin) or prone to breakouts (like oily skin). The pores on one who has normal skin tend to be small, almost unnoticeable.
- Oily skin is a skin type that produces an excess of sebum which causes skin to appear shiny and feel greasy. The T-Zone is the most common area on the face that tends to be a targeted spot. If you have oily skin you may notice large pores and develop blemishes and are more prone to acne breakouts.
- Combination skin is a skin type that combines (you guessed it!) dry and oily skin. This skin type is also the most common skin type. People with this skin type can notice their T-Zone being oily and cheeks being either dry or normal.
- Sensitive skin is often referred to as a skin type, but it can occur with any of the previously mentioned above skin types. The way you can tell if you have sensitive skin is your skin may be red, you may feel a burning or itchy sensation or your skin just becomes dry. There are various reasons why one can develop sensitive skin, it can be triggered by certain ingredients (make sure you always read the ingredient list and active ingredients), also things like dyes or fragrance may cause your skin to react. It’s important to note if you have sensitive skin, what triggers your reaction so in the future you can avoid using those certain products.
It’s okay if you still feel lost. Here’s a quick at-home test you can do to help you decide what your actual skin type is.
First, get your Cleanser and start cleansing your face as you normally would. Start observing how your skin behaves right after cleansing. After cleansing, pat dry your face. If after 30 minutes you skin appears shiny that means you likely have oily skin; if it feels tight or flaky, you likely have dry skin; if the skin is only oily in your T-Zone, you most likely have combination skin; and if your skin feels hydrated and comfortable, you likely have normal skin.
Sometimes it’s difficult finding the right product with the right ingredients which causes what we call at Romer, product exhaustion. Our goal is to minimize the stress of having to search for the right product, especially when it comes to time and money.
Here at Romer, we have an easy 3 step-regimen that works for all skin-types. The regimen has non-irritating ingredients that won’t strip your skin of their natural barrier making it overly dry or overly oily, and will defend your skin against environmental stressors. You’ll never find parabens, phthalates, sulfates, benzyl acetate, hydroquinone, formaldehydes, glycols, drying alcohols, artificial colors or synthetic fragrance lurking in any Romer formulas for those concerned with harsh active ingredients or for those who have sensitive skin. Our products follow stringent safety guidelines, Dermatologist testing and a rigorous ingredient sourcing process.
We take pride in creating products that revive, replenish, calm and control your skin, suitable for all skin types and genders. Don’t forget to check out the Romer Regimen if you haven’t already – it’s Just Three Steps!