How To: Identify Your Skin Type and Moisturize Accordingly

You’re fully aware that daily moisturizing is the way to go and you know the ins and outs of daily application. Congratulations, sir! Now comes the crucial final step: choosing a moisturizer that suits your skin type. There are several factors that play into your skin type, including age, ethnicity, hormones, genetics, and environment—and there are as many different kinds of skin out there as there are people on this planet. In general, though, skin types generally fall into one of five categories: normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. Once you’ve determined what kind you have, you’re well on your way to getting optimum results with the best corresponding moisturizer.

Oily Skin

Indicators: Large pores and a sheen that develops quickly after you’ve cleansed.
Your Best Bet: If you’ve got oily skin, reach for an oil-free moisturizer. Try Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, a light formula that conditions skin while keeping both hydration and oil levels balanced.

Dry Skin

Indicators: Your skin is often itchy, red, flaky, or generally tight.
Your Best Bet: After using a facial cleanser to shed dead skin cells, dry skin needs a moisturizer rich in essential oils to soothe and revive it. Shiseido Men Moisturizing Emulsion quickly penetrates skin to make up for lost moisture while thiotaurine work to prevent excess oil (since no one wants extra shine).

Combination Skin

Indicators: An oily T-zone (that’s your forehead, nose, and chin) alongside drier skin on the cheeks.
Your Best Bet: Treating combination skin is tricky because different areas call for different moisturizers. It's not the simplest solution but your best bet is to try a heavier cream on cheeks and a lighter, oil-free formula on the T-zone.

Normal Skin

Indicators: An even skin tone with no flaking or sheen.
Your Best Bet: A general moisturizer like NUXE MEN's Moisturizing Multi-Purpose Gel is suitable for normal skin, maintaining hydration but also giving it a boost of energy with araucaria tree extract.

Sensitive Skin

Indicators: You’re often prone to acne or other skin irritations.
Your Best Bet: Sensitive skin calls for something gentle that’s oil-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic. A moisturizer like LAFACE Laboratories TRITON for MEN suits this type of skin with its weightless but highly effective formula.

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