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Take this skin analysis quiz to figure out what your skin type is from sensitive skin to oily to dry and get your ideal skin care regimen
Skin type changes over time. Weather, hormones, traveling -- even products -- can disguise your true skin type, says New York City dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg. Diagnose your true type here, then find out how to correctly care for it.
You have dry skin.
Surprised? If you're not typically dry, you might be experiencing a dip in moisture thanks to your body's hormonal fluctuations. And when winter hits, any kind of skin may have problems holding in moisture due to drying indoor heaters. Or if you took a vacation in a humid climate and now you're somewhere dry, your skin may just be adjusting. Follow these steps toward your ideal skin regimen:
Step 1. Cleanse
Find a gentle, soap-free cleansing bar that contains soy or oatmeal, two naturally protective and moisturizing ingredients.
Step 2. Moisturize
Parched skin is easily irritated since it lacks a minimal moisture barrier, so be sure to apply moisturizer often. For day, look for a fragrance-free moisturizer with SPF. At night, minimize your exposure to irritants by using an SPF-free moisturizer for sensitive skin. When you're feeling extra dry, reach for the most hydrating of all -- a product that contains hyaluronic acid. If part of the problem is a dry climate, consider getting a humidifier.
Step 3. Pamper your eye area
Unless you're allergic, look for a rich eye cream with hydrating sodium hyaluronate or glycerin. Added ingredients like caffeine can also fight any puffiness.