Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to choose the right skincare product for your skin type. You may have experienced using the wrong skincare product for your skin in the past and have noticed that the results can be pretty unpleasant. So how can you figure out your skin type and what type of products you should be using to keep it in great condition?
Work Out Your Skin Type
If you’re unsure of your skin type, there is a simple test you can conduct at home to figure out which category you fit into. Follow these simple steps:
· Give your face a good wash using a mild cleanser
· Gently pat dry with a towel
· Now sit back and relax for 2 hours without applying any products to your face
· Use a sheet of toilet paper and firmly press to your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead
· Now you can read your results!
o If the paper sticks to your skin, lifting up oil and appearing translucent, your skin type is oily
o If the paper does not stick or lift up oil, your skin type is dry
o If the paper sticks to your T-zone area but doesn’t stick all over, your skin type is combination or normal
Oily skin can be frustrating for those who have it, but the one benefit is that you are not as prone to ageing and wrinkling as there is an abundance of oil, locking in moisture at all times. However, if you want to combat your oily skin, it is essential to use the right products. Most importantly, you must make sure to moisturise your skin.
This may seem to be counterintuitive, but your skin will try to produce more oil if it is not getting enough moisture. It is also wise to invest in a good cleanser that will help to keep skin clean and clear pores.
Dry skin can leave sufferers feeling uncomfortable and can result in cracking if not taken care of properly. With this skin type, the sebaceous glands are simply not producing enough oil, so it is important to provide the skin with moisture yourself.
A heavy moisturiser may be necessary, and you may find that you need to invest in different moisturisers for different times of year, particularly in the winter when skin can dry out even more. You will probably need a particularly mild cleanser that is designed for dry skin to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out too much.
Combination skin involves a mixture of both dry and oily types, meaning that you may have oily skin on the T-zone areas – forehead, nose and chin. Other areas of the skin may be dry – around the eyes, cheeks and neck.
With this skin type, you may need to invest in different products to treat different areas of the face, mixing heavier moisturisers with lighter ones depending on where you use them.
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