We only get one try to make the best of the skin that we’re in. Skin care is so important to maintaining a healthy glow so that you can put your best face forward. As hard as we try to buy the best products that money can buy, sometimes it simply isn’t enough.

A skin care analysis may help your skin far beyond what you may have been doing to begin with. Your face is subject to harsh environmental elements. Add this to your diet, which also plays a huge role concerning your appearance and you may rethink all that you’re doing.

A skin care analysis will help you understand so much more about your skin than what goes on at the surface. It will help you understand why a highly praised product works for some but not necessarily for you. In this article, we will discuss some of the benefits of a skin analysis and what it can do for you.

Why Is a Skin Analysis Important?

A professional skin analysis can go deeper that what you see in the mirror. It has the ability to analyze your past and predict the outcome of your skin in the future.

Everyone has a different skin type and is one of the first things to consider when searching for the perfect product. Underneath your skin is an entire history, such as tanning, injuries and problem areas that we wouldn’t normally see by looking in to the mirror. A skin analysis will help gather all the important information to give you guidance on your true skin type and what works best and what to avoid.

After your skin analysis is complete, typically a doctor or a spa attendant can assess the best products to use as part of your daily skin care regimen. Also, how to cleanse your skin and ingredients that will help keep it looking younger, much longer will also be assessed during the consulation.

What Is a Skin Type?

A skin type is how your skin reacts to the surrounding environment. Your skin type is often determined by your age, ethnicity, gender and the type of climate that you live in. As we get older our skin type can also change because of the depletion of moisture and natural oil, called sebum, found on the skin.

Skin type is important because it marks what your skin needs, which leads to finding the best skin care products that work for you. For example, if you have dry skin and you live in the desert, where humidity is already very low and you are using the wrong product, such as one made for oily skin, all these actions will deplete even more moisture that you don’t have, making the issue much worse.

With the correct skin care, customized to meet your individual needs, you’ll notice that your skin reacts much better, is more resilient and is less problematic.

What Are The Skin Types?

The skin types include oily, combination, dry and normal. You may have more than one type on one face, so it’s important to know the symptoms so you can find the best products for your skin.

All skin types depend on 3 indicators, which are water contend, the level of sensitivity and the amount of oil that naturally appears.

Normal – Typically doesn’t have any problems, but the occasional breakout can occur, though rare. Can use any product to keep skin soft and smooth.
• Low in sensitivity
• Few breakouts
• Small to invisible pores
• Vibrant and even complexion

Oily – Skin usually appears thicker due to a higher level of oiliness within the skin. Breakouts can occur. Needs products that are oil-free and that will diminish shininess.
• Large pores
• Prone to blackheads
• Skin appears shiny
• Prone to breakouts

Combination - A dual skin type, often with an oily t-zone along the forehead, nose and chin and dryness around the cheeks. Needs a product that will minimize oil and shininess around t-zone, while moisturizing the cheeks.
• Large pores along the t-zone, tightness and small pores due to dryness on the cheeks.
• Blackheads on the t-zone
• Flaky, dry cheeks

Dry – Experiences tightness, dullness all over with flaky or scaly skin. Needs emollient, soothing and moisturizing products to bring skin back to life.
• Itching and tightness, especially after bath or shower.
• Redness
• Peeling
• Lackluster complexion
• Fine lines, wrinkles and cracks

Skin is more than meets the eye. Your skin needs proper nourishment to thrive and look vibrant. Keep these tips in mind to get the best out of your skin care regimen.

Author's Bio: 

Evlin Symon is a freelance health writer from New Jersey. She enjoys learning about a wide variety of wellness issues and staying up-to-date on the latest research. She is the author of many active blog