If you caught our “Face forward” feature in the Beauty section of P&N's October issue, you saw our great skin-specific choices for cleaning, toning and brightening your face. But do you know what your skin type is? Take our handy quiz to find out!
1. What is your skin like when you first wake up?
a. Normal—very little change from the night before
b. Tight and flaky
c. Oily all over
d. Red and blotchy
e. Acombination of healing pimples and new ones budding under the surface
2. What products do you find yourself reaching for most often throughout the day?
a. It depends on the season—usually moisturizer in the winter and oil blotters in the summer.
b. Moisturizer—my skin starts to flake if Idon't reapply often.
c. Powder—I’m always dabbing it on to keep from shining
d. Anything natural that won't make my redness flare
e. Concealer—hiding imperfections is my number one goal
3. How visible are your pores?
a. I can only see them in certain spots, like around my nose and on my forehead.
b. I can’t see them at all.
c. They’re visible on my entire face.
d. Normal-sized—not too big or very small
e. Very, since many of them are blackened
4. Your hair performance and skin type are closely related. What do you feel is the best regimen for your hair?
a. Shampooing every other day or so, unless I've worked out, in which case Iwash more frequently.
b. Iwash every few days, no problem.
c. Ilather up every day—sometimes twice a day to combat the greasiness.
d. Washing as often as Ineed, but sparsely so as not to irritate my scalp
e. Iwash frequently so my hair doesn't get oily and contribute to breakouts.
5. I would describe the condition of my skin as ________.
a. Pretty good—sometimes a little oily around the t-zone and sometimes a little dry in the cheek area
b. Uncomfortable—dull, itchy, flaky
c. Shiny and slick but clear
d. Bumpy and acne-prone
e. Challenging—I have bad reactions to products often, and get red and blotchy with certain foods and beverages that I consume, etc.
If you answered mostly with a's, then you have Normal skin. Products to consider:
Olay Complete all day UV moisturizer $9
ilike grapeseed cleansing milk $48
Frownies corners of eyes and mouth patches $20
Kiss My Face Eye Witness repair creme $19
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 $32
Mostly b's? Looks like you're dealing with dry skin. Check these solutions out:
Pevonia Botanica lumafirm repair cream lift & glow $78
Clinique Even Better clinical dark spot corrector $50
AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound rejuvenating creme $150
Sisley Paris botanical throat cream $175
Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase HydraBalance foaming cleanser $10
If you're leaning toward a majority of c's, oily skin is your game. Try these on for size:
Bobbi Brown buffing grains for face $40
Borba age defying super creme SPF 100+ $21
LUSH Fresh Farmacy cleanser $10
Sulwhasoo skin clarifying mask $39
Kiehl's Rare Earth pore defining tonic $21
If you're a d answer kind of girl, you've got acne-prone skin. Here are some potions for your in-need-of-some TLC mug:
Biore blemish fighting ice cleanser $8
Renee Rouleau post-breakout fading gel $30
philosophy on a clear day moisturizer $16
Olay Pro-X advanced cleansing system $30
Neutrogena triple-action toner $6
If your answers skewed toward e, consider yourself sensitive. (Skin-wise at least.) Try these soothers:
Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk $37
C.O. Bigelow rice & bamboo gentle dermabrasion $18
L'Occitane ultra comforting cream $38
Dermalogica super sensitive faceblock SPF 30 $45