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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Skin Care Series: What's Your Skin Type?

Hi girls! I've been getting several post requests lately and I'd like to thank everyone for sending in their inputs! I actually have a pretty long list of "to-do posts" but I never got around to doing a lot of them because work has been keeping me busy. Plus, I can't decide which ones to do first! It's great that you let me know what you wanna see, so I could immediately narrow down my topic list to the ones that matter to you.

So today I'm going to talk about the basic foundation to looking your best- skin care! Great makeup looks start with great skin, and the less you have to hide, the less makeup you have to use.

Skin care has evolved a great deal these days. Once upon a time, it meant grabbing any old white soap, wiping your skin dry, and dabbing on a bit of moisturizer. Very simple, no frills. Admittedly, this does work for some, but those are the gifted few who got lucky in the genetic lottery. For us mere mortals, the water and soap combo just isn't enough. Plus, we are now being bombarded with sooo many products that it's really hard to choose which ones work best for us, which ones are necessities, and which ones are just "add-ons". 

 I've been reading this book called "It's Not Just About Wrinkles" by Dr. Neal Schultz, a Park Avenue dermatologist with over 30 years of practice. It's a really basic approach to skin care, and in the first part of the book he says that before picking out products, or before devising your own skin game plan, it's crucial that we must diagnose our skin type first.

Here are the 6 skin types based on surface characteristics. Try to figure out which category you belong to:

So take a good, long look at your skin (use a magnifying mirror, and go to a place with plenty of light) and try to determine what your skin type is. Was this helpful to you?

P.S. Watch out for the next post in this series on how to choose the right products for your skin type :)

Note: Images of the women are not mine, they are from Google Images. 
     References for the 6 skin types:
Schultz, Neal and Morton, Laura. (2006) "It's Not Just About Wrinkles"


  1. This is an interesting post. :D Very informative. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing! :) I'm still confused whether I have oily or combination skin. -__-


    1. hi elle! i used to be confused too, i was thinking that because my nose is super oily, i belong to the oily skin type. turns out i have combination skin cos only my t-zone is oily. my cheeks (especially the side of my mouth) is dry, and if i dont moisturize i end up with flaky/cracked skin on the side of my lips and on my cheeks. so if you're oily all over, all the time, then you must be oily. but if you're oily sa t-zone lang and dry on some parts of the face you have combination skin :) hope that helped