The Skin Care Products You Need Based On Your Skin Type

The most important step in caring for your skin comes with understanding your specific skin type. And while it’s easier said than done, determining your skin type can easily become confusing. From oily to acne-prone and sensitive skin, understanding the many variations of skin types might be obvious to some, but not to others -- which is where we come in. 

Essentially, choosing the wrong products for your skin can result in it not functioning at its best. Luckily, there are a few common skin types that are sure to help you identify where your skin fits in on the spectrum. Here’s our guide on the most common skin types and which Trinity Hills skincare products work best with each one.


Dry skin tends to look dull, lacking the hydration and natural glow that healthy skin exudes. Largely due to genetics, dry skin can also result from your lifestyle and diet, hormonal changes, dehydration and more. Below are a few indications of dry skin to determine whether you fall into this category:

  • Skin feeling tight throughout the day
  • Almost invisible pores
  • Cracks or peels in the skin
  • Rough patches on the backs of your hands, arms and legs
  • More visible lines on the skin

The key to combating dry skin is to gently exfoliate to promote skin cell turnover without removing the skin’s natural oils. Check out our top skincare picks that work well in treating dry skin ahead.


Combination skin is a more complex skin variation. People with normal/combination skin can have dry or normal skin in some areas and oily skin in others (better known as the T-zone: nose, forehead and chin). Below are a few indications of normal/combination skin to determine whether you fall into this category:

  • Pores that look larger than normal
  • Blackheads
  • Shiny skin

Gentle, daily exfoliation is important when it comes to treating normal/combination skin. Your goal is to keep the skin moisturized without overloading it with oils. While most of our skincare products are ideal for normal/combination skin, take a look at our top picks below:


Want to know the good news about oily skin? This skin variation tends to look younger and supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle. But excess oil can oftentimes leave pores congested and clogged. Additional signs of oily skin are:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Blackheads, pimples or other blemishes
  • Prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: a condition that leaves dark spots on the skin after a breakout has healed

Your skin’s level of oiliness can also vary depending on the time of year and/or the weather. Additional factors that can cause or worsen oily skin include stress, hormonal imbalances and heat or too much humidity.

Exfoliation is essential for treating oily skin, since it works to lighten dark spots and reveal new cell growth. Also, when searching for skincare products, look for the phrase ‘non comedogenic’ -- this essentially means that the product won’t clog your pores. Check out our top picks for oily skin ahead.


Similar to dry skin, aging and mature skin is typically in need of added moisture to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Additional signs of aging skin include:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Loss of elasticity and firmness in skin
  • Aging spots
  • Dull skin tone

The way your skin ages depends largely on your lifestyle and grooming habits. While you may not identify with aging skin right now, the key is to understand the signs and avoid them by treating your skin as early as possible. The following skincare products work to fight against aging and mature skin:


Similar to oily skin, acne-prone skin is more susceptible to massive breakouts and blemishes. A range of factors can trigger this skin variation, but the main cause is thought to be a rise in androgen levels, which cause the oil glands under the skin to grow and produce more sebum. In result, the excessive sebum can break down walls in the pores, causing bacteria to grow. Additional signs of acne-prone skin include:

  • Whiteheads and/or blackheads
  • Small, red tender bumps
  • Large painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin
  • Slightly oilier skin

When it comes to acne treatment, cleansing is essential. Search for lightweight products formulated for acne, and keep an eye out for the phrase ‘non comedogenic’ to make sure you’re not unknowingly clogging your pores. Below are our top skin care products for acne-prone skin:


Determining whether you have sensitive skin can be challenging, as it takes time and effort to see which ingredients are actually triggering your skin. Common signs of sensitive skin include:

  • Redness
  • Drastic itching
  • Dryness
  • Burning

When treating sensitive skin, stick to introducing one product at a time to your skin to minimize reactions or flare ups. Look for labels that identify as non-irritating or non-sensitizing to ensure that they won’t be overly aggressive on your skin. The following products are ideal for sensitive skin:

We all know that it can be difficult finding products for your skin. But taking the steps to best identify your skin type can put you ahead of the game. Be sure to pay attention to how your skin reacts to new ingredients, and over time you’ll know what works -- and what doesn’t -- when it comes to your skincare routine.