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Try The “Tissue Test” To Determine Your Skin Type

If you’re trying to choose the best skin care treatment for your skin, whether it be cleansing, moisturizing, or toning, the first step is always the same: determining your skin type. Which should be easy, right? How far off the mark can you be? But truthfully, we’re all a little unsure, and if you’re reluctant to admit confusion, you’re not alone.

You see, as it turns out, determining your skin type can be more difficult than you might think. That’s because skin type changes as you age. Acne-prone teens can grow into adults with dry sensitive skin and clear skinned twenty-somethings can develop breakouts later in life. Heaters, air conditioning, changes in weather and other external factors can also affect skin behavior. If you’re among the many who are not sure which skin type category your fall under, you may want to try the “tissue test” for an accurate read.

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The Tissue Test

  1. Cleanse your face. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and pat dry. Remove all traces of makeup. This will clear away the daily accumulation of oil and dirt, leaving your skin in the best shape for the test. Be careful to avoid over washing.
  2. Wait an hour. This will give your skin time to return to its most natural state, restoring pH balance after cleansing. Try to avoid touching your face during this time.
  3. Dab your face with tissue.
  4. Pay most attention to your “T-zone,’ the area including the nose and forehead.

Results

Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, your skin will show no oil and no flaking skin, and feel smooth and supple. If you have this, congratulations, this is the most desirable type.

Oily Skin
A greasy tissue means greasy skin. Oily skin is also characterized by large pores and a shiny complexion.

Dry Skin
If your skin feels taut or shows dead skin flakes it means you have dry skin. It is also common for people with this skin types to have small pores. Moisturize, moisturize!

Combination
If your skin shows all three traits of the above type, join the crowd. Combination skin is the most common skin type. Usually, this means the skin in the T-zone is oily, while other parts are normals or dry.

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Skin Problems
In addition to having a “type,” there are two common “problem” categories that your skin can fall under.

Sensitive skin
If your skin reacts easily to regular facial products, developing redness, itchiness, or rashes, your skin is sensitive.

Acne-Prone
Teenager of not, if you see spots, you’ve got acne-prone skin. Look for a good product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on the market, or visit a dermatologist for advice.

Did you do the tissue test? Did it work for you? Let us know, and tell us what works best on your skin type.

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Highlighting Your Individuality This Fall

If you search social media, you will probably find a bunch of articles on how to be an individual. It seems that people are finally coming to the realization that true beauty is all about being yourself, which is great. But if we really want to express our individuality, do we really want to be reading an article to tell us how to do it?

Girlfriend, (or boyfriend,) you don’t need an article to tell you how to be yourself, honey, you were born with it! The last thing you want is for someone else to tell you how to be yourself! If you’re all about self-expression this fall, you have got to dare to be different and here are some inspiring ideas from the runway.

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Oxblood Lips
If you’ve been watching the fall runways, you’ve seen a lot of dark, dramatic lips on the mouths of the Louis Vuitton and Dior models. Try the Rougue Dior in Poison with the Addict Ultra Gloss Bulle for the celebrity vampire look.

Finger Waves
Go for a little old Hollywood beauty by styling hair into finger waves. Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Jenny Packham and Opening Ceremony are all bringing a little Mae West and Jean Harlowe to the runways with vintage curls and lacquered fringes. Emulate the look of the Stella McCartney show by trying stylist Eugene Souleman’s take, paired with a ponytail, for a more casual version.

Glowing Skin
Luminous skin has never been out of fashion, but this season is taking it up a notch. Valentino artist Pat McGrath has added new depth to old skin by using iridescent powder on the eyelids and cheekbones, while Prabal Gurung and Gucci are riding high on the peachy trend.

Side Parts
Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” This look has a little bit of both. The side part is among the tamer looks for the fall, as compared to the tousled center part of past seasons, Proenze Scholer combined the look with a neat ponytail while Celine and Jason Wu went for slicked waves held in place by a little product.

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The Chignon
Talk about the silver screen. The chignon has always been a romantic classic for beauties from Elizabeth Taylor to Penelope Cruz. While Valentino played on a ballerina bun, Dior favored a Princess Leia look, and Erdem’s twists were adorned with brooches. However, it seemed that Guido Palau’s up- do’s on the Oscar de la Renta runways garnered the most attention with the backstage references to “soft 18th century paintings” heard often.

Real Hair
Is your hair bigger than you are? Well, you might just be the latest thing. While Rag and Bone celebrated the frizzes, Vetements and Rochas went electric head, bringing static hair right on trend, while Chanel went sans product. One step from “just woke up, which actually requires high maintenance” this is bad hair day hair, which really requires no maintenance whatsoever! Sounds great!

Hair Accessory
No that’s not a typo. Got jewelry? Think hair. While Alexander McQueen and Erdem were tossing a kitchen sink of jewels into their model’s hair, Rodarte planted metal flowers in his.

And, in closing, take with you more of the words of Karl Lagerfeld. “I don’t like standard beauty. There is no beauty without strangeness.” So, let us know what you’re doing to highlight your individuality this fall and what your favorite fall beauty trends are.

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