Of course, don’t forget to determine your skin type. This will help guide your product selection so you can complete each step based on your specific skin needs. Determining what type of skin you have is not a complicated process, even if the idea seems daunting, it is a matter of listening and observing.
Start by asking yourself the following questions: As the day progresses, does your skin tend to be dry, oily, or stay the same? What are your skin concerns? This can include wrinkles, acne, dry patches, etc. Does your skin tend to react to topical products (i.e. get red, itch, burn, etc.)? If you are starting from scratch, Zeichner recommends this test:
“After washing your face, wait half an hour and look at your reflection in the bathroom mirror. If you’re shiny, you probably have oily skin. If you’re flaky or dull, then you’re probably dry. If you tend to be oily in your T-zone but dry in your cheeks, you may have combination skin.
Major skin types include dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, and sensitive skin. (You can take this helpful quiz to find out which category you belong to.) You don’t have to belong to one category or the other. For example, dry and acne-prone skin are not mutually exclusive.
In fact, focus too a lot about skin type can actually take a turn for the worse. For example, if you tend to have oily skin but become drier in the winter months, you can opt for a moisturizer traditionally made for combination skin, and that’s fine. “Often the thought of a skin type becomes overwhelming, so I recommend thinking more about what your skin craves,” Love told mbg.