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April 2, 2012

Skin Type 101: What You Are and How to Care for It

By Mercedes Sanchez

With so many products out there, choosing the right one for your sensitive skin can be challenging. I like to review new products and makeup on, but sometimes we have to bring it back to basics. Before I recommend anything else, let’s talk about you! Do you know your skin type? Don’t fret if you’re in between, or not too sure.

Take a look below where I help identify your skin.

Oily skin causes your skin to look shiny and the excess oil can cause breakouts. Treating oily skin begins with washing your face every morning and night with a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. Many drugstore cleansers contain soap which can cause the production of more oil. Suggestion: Try Simple Skincare’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. It’s a no-soap facial wash and includes vitamins and no dyes or perfumes. Don’t be afraid of using a moisturizer; in fact, it’s essential. Just add a light lotion on a few minutes after cleansing.

Dry skin forms for different reasons such as cold temperatures, genetics, etc. For severe dry skin and signs of conditions like eczema, I recommend you consult your doctor or dermatologist. But for soothing mild dry skin, I recommend using a nourishing cleanser like Simple’s Moisturizing Facial Wash. This one comes with Pro-Vitamin B5 which is known to restore and soften the skin and Vitamin E which moisturizes. Drinking water also helps soothe dry skin.

Are you breakout prone? My sensitive skin tends to break out when I don’t eat well and during stress. In addition to monitoring what you eat and sleeping well, I recommend removing all makeup before bed with these Cleansing Facial Wipes. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before leaving the house, especially if you have dark spots from previous zits. The Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 moisturizes and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Tell us, what’s your skin type and how do you treat it?

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This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the Simple Skincare Program. Visit to share your story on sensitive skin.

Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez is an on-air style and beauty expert, spokesperson, and the founder of — a lifestyle blog covering fashion, beauty, and travel. She's offered style and beauty tips on NBC, CBS, BET, HuffPo, Telemundo and Univision. Contact: mercedes[at]bechicmag[dot]com.

  • Hmmm…. I have combination skin.  Oily T-zone and dry cheeks.  What would you recommend?  

  • Simmerandsteamblog

    this is a great post! i have oily skin and have heard of simple products. I will be looking into that. Thank you!

  • I have combination skin, that gets oily in the summer and dry in the winter. It’s sensitive, prone to breaking out like you Mercedes when “life gets in the way” and I don’t sleep or eat well. I’m just washing with soap (aagggh) but have good “anti-aging” SPF & night creams.

  • Hailey Banes

    It is quite interesting to see how you should treat different skin types differently. Some people may also be combination skin types. For instance, your face may be oily while your hands may be dry skin type. You will need to treat different areas of your body differently if they are different skin types. I use this infographic as my rule of reference.

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