As a professional esthetician and spa owner, one of the biggest concerns which I hear from clients is how to properly care for their skin in the cooler months. I can absolutely offer some practical advice, but first it is important to explain a few things about the skin. It is important to understand that there are three primary types of skin: Dry, Normal and Oily. Dry Skin is characterized by a under active sebaceous (oil-producing) gland, Normal Skin is well-balanced and is ideal, Oily Skin is characterized by an over-active sebaceous-gland. Most people tend to fall somewhere in-between, that is to say Normal-to-Dry or Normal-to-Oily; true “Combination” Skin is something which I have very rarely encountered in my practice. Beyond your skin type, an esthetician may analyze a skin condition (i.e.- acne, dehydration, etc.). Your skin type is genetically pre-determined. Understand that any skin type can be affected, at any time, with any skin condition.