Take Care of Any Type of Skin

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Figure out what type of skin you have at each area of your body and wash with the appropriate products. Your dermatologist can be a good resource if you’re unsure of your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, don’t go crazy trying to remove every hint of moisture. Overuse of facial cleansers, astringents, and exfoliating products may damage skin, causing dry, flaky or irritated patches.

Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, told ABCNews that in cases such as this, going on a cleanser hiatus to give your skin a few chemical-free weeks to repair may help bring it back to its natural balance.

Moisturize by Skin Type

Your skin naturally moisturizes itself, but sometimes it can use a little help, especially in dry weather. Even if you have oily skin you may benefit from a simple moisturizer. Many experts recommend oil-free, water-based moisturizers for oily skin.

Moisturizers are an obvious choice if you have dry skin, but it’s important not to overdo it. Unless you have a chronic dry skin condition that’s being monitored by a dermatologist, look for a basic, moisturizer with soothing ingredients like aloe vera. If that doesn’t work, your dermatologist may recommend a heavier moisturizer.