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When it comes to skin care, knowing your skin type is the first step to achieving a clear, even toned complexion. Using the wrong type of products/ingredients can clog your pores and even worse, cause imperfections and break outs on your skin. There are four main skin types. They are normal, dry, oily, and combination. Each of these skin types have specific qualities that require a particular type of treatment. If you are unaware of your skin type, there is a simple test you can do to figure it out.

Skin Type Test
When you wake up in the morning, use a clean facial tissue paper and wipe your face first thing after waking up, if you have normal skin, there will be no trace of oil. If the facial tissue paper, has no trace of oil but your face feels dry, flaky or tight after you wiped it, you have dry skin. If the facial tissue paper has spots of facial oil on it, then you have oily skin. If the facial tissue paper has traces of oil coming from your forehead and nose but otherwise dry on your cheeks, you have combination skin.

Normal Skin
Skin is vibrant, elastic and supple, it is the least problematic skin type. And even with minimum care, it will look good well into your advanced age.

Tips for Normal Skin
Cleanse and moisturize daily with gentle products for your skin type like the Clear Essence Complexion Soap for Normal Skin.
“You might also consider adding retinoids or vitamin C to your routine several times a week to boost collagen production, says Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica.”
Finally, don’t forget moisturizer―one with sunscreen for the day and one without SPF at night.

Combination Skin
Combination skin is the most common skin type. People with combination skin experience patches of both dry and oily skin and must treat those areas in relation to guidelines for that skin type.

Tips for Combination Skin
Balance is very crucial for this skin type. Striking a good balance between the oily and dry areas of your face can lead to the type of skin you want. This means try to avoid over-cleansing the T-zone and chin while protecting the dry areas without overdoing the moisturizer. “Use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face and look for an emollient facial moisturizer to soothe dry areas.”

Dry Skin
Dry skin more than other skin types develop less of a glowing complexion, can develop wrinkles easily and often have fine pores. It is prone to aging and irritation.

Tips for Dry Skin
To keep your complexion radiant and healthy, use thicker creams that will quench the thirst your skin is constantly seeking, try Clear Essence’s Swiss Complex Collagen with Vitamin E Crème.
“Skip foaming face washes, since they strip away lipids, and avoid anything containing harsh retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids, says Fran Cook-Bolden, a dermatologist in New York City.”

Oily Skin
Oily skin can have a lot of skin issues. It usually looks greasy and shiny with enlarged pores and often battles acne but it is not prone to aging and wrinkling like dry skin types.

Tips for Oily Skin
To keep your pores unclogged and prevent acne exfoliate away dead skin cells daily with products that contain salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. You can find both ingredients in many Clear Essence Skincare products. Clear Essence’s Blemish Control Wash Formula contains salicylic acid as its main ingredient. The Complexion Soap with AHA contains Lactic acid, an alpha hydroxyl acid great for both oily and aging skin.
“Use oil-free lotions and sunscreens, which won’t exacerbate acne,” says Leslie Baumann, the author of The Skin Type Solution. 

Until next week ladies, remember, “Fresh skin, Just lip!”