Julia March

Julia March is one of the top facialists in New York, according to connoisseurs such as New York Magazine, Allure, and us.

"What is your skin type?" Ah, the question that appears to be so simple yet consistently flummoxes so many of us.

There’s a confusing jumble of options to choose from: Sensitive, Delicate, Dry, Aging, Sun-Damaged, Very Oily, Oily, Combination, Mature, Acne—and then there’s Normal. Which begs the question: does that mean the rest of us are abnormal? (The answer, emphatically, is “no.”)

We sought to simplify the process a bit and put this guide together with aesthetician Julia March's help. Below is a quick guide that will help you figure out your skin type and what type of cleanser, mask, scrub, mist, and/or moisturizer to use for it. Keep in mind that your skin condition may change over time due to hormonal fluctuations, climate changes, and other factors, so we suggest keeping an eye on any changes and revisiting your product choices as needed.

To treat particular concerns (aging, acne, etc.), pick the appropriate treatment product and check out the articles listed under “Concerns” for more information.

Skin types:
Dry skin feels dry, may be a bit flaky, and tends to be small-pored (like the peel of an apple).

Combination-dry skin is dry in some patches and balanced in others.

Balanced (a.k.a “normal”) skin is that enviously perfect, “I have no issues” skin that we rarely hear about, perhaps because when someone says they have no issues, everyone else wants to storm off in a huff.

Combination-oily skin is oily in some patches and balanced in others. The oily spots are usually the T-zone–forehead, nose, and chin–and can have more visible pores (more like the peel of an orange than an apple).

Oily skin feels a bit greasy and/or looks shiny, and it often has more visible pores (a bit like the peel of an orange).

Many of us have combination skin, which is the reason why it can seem so difficult to figure out which category is the right one. Click here for some tips that will help you find the best way to deal with combination skin.

And remember: We're always delighted to help. If you need any pointers, just click here to contact us.