If you have dry skin you will feel an overall tightness to your skin. This may happen especially after cleansing. You are lacking natural moisturizing factors such as sebum, which is what builds up the skin's protective layer to shield your skin from environmental factors. It may flake on occasion and your pores are pretty small. Sometimes you may feel your skin can get sensitive or irritated easily. Dry skin can also have more fine lines and often a duller complexion overall.
If you notice increased oil on your skin throughout the day, breakouts and/or your skin generally doesn’t feel super dry or tight, then you have oily skin. Oily skin types tend to not deal with fine lines as bad as dry skin because of the excess oil on the skin. If you have large pores often you have oily skin as well.
This skin type stays pretty consistent. You can be dry in some places and oily in others. Often you can get a little oily in the t-zone but around the mouth, eyes and cheeks may have dry or normal skin.
You can feel oily, dry or a combination of those, but you also have redness and irritation. Your skin is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. You are likely to have reactions to chemicals, dyes or fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin. Therefore, finding skincare products that work for you can be challenging. You may also get rashes or irritation from clothing or friction.
As you age, you will begin to notice changes to your skin. With increased age, skin loses its elasticity and we lose collagen, as the proteins are made at a slower rate. This in turn affects our overall skin causing it to become loose and less taut. We also lose fat in our skin as we age. It thins and you have less structure and insulation. Sebaceous glands that make oil for the skin produce less as we age, resulting in dryer skin. You may begin to notice age spots or sun spots from sun exposure over the years. Another issue facing your skin is it’s overall dullness. This happens as a result of the decrease in hyaluronic acid produced as we age.