How to Define your Skin Type

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In taking care of your skin, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone’s skin is different and what may work for one person may not work for another. The trick to figuring out what works for you in terms of the products you choose and getting your skincare routine down pat is by paying careful attention to your skin’s natural needs and learning more about your unique skin type. You’re probably wondering, “What is my skin type?” and “How do I know my skin type?” Here are some of the things that you can do in order to find out.

How do I know my skin type?

You can do a simple test at home to identify your skin type.

1. Wash your face: use a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and oil from your face.

2. Pat your skin dry: use a soft towel to dry your skin and don’t apply any moisturiser or skin care

3. Wait an hour: then, examine your skin in front of a mirror and check the quality of your skin

Now that you’ve examined your skin, answer the following questions:

Does your skin feel itchy and tight? 

Does your skin have flaky patches?

Is your skin shiny and greasy especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin)?

Is your skin oily on the T-zone, but dry and normal on the cheeks?

Does your skin feel nice and even, not too oily and not too dry?

Is your skin red, irritated, itchy of inflamed?

The answers to the above will be a good indication of where your skin sits in terms of the below skin types.

What is my skin type?

If you want your skincare to be effective, you have to know your skin type. Good skincare products are tailored to cater to the needs of your unique complexion and they work best if they’ve been paired with the corresponding skin type that they’ve been designed to work best with.

Below are the most common skin types:

Normal Skin – This term is used to refer to well-balanced skin. Meaning that there is a balance between overall sebum and moisture. This skin type will experience occasional oil, dryness, and breakouts but they easily go away and tend to be easily managed. If you have this skin type, you’ll find that whenever you use products on your face, there are no reactions (redness, sudden breakouts, etc.) because your skin is completely balanced.

Dry Skin – If you have dry skin, your skin frequently feels tight, looks flaky, and can even feel itchy regardless of temperature and climate. You feel as if your skin lacks moisture and plumpness.

Oily Skin – Having oily skin means that you have a lot of excess oil on your face. Your pores also appear larger and they get clogged easily. Your clogged pores can also lead to blackheads, whiteheads, and even pimples.

Combination Skin – This has to be the trickiest skin type to deal with, because you have to deal with a combination of issues. Your T-zone can be oily, but your cheeks and jawline are dry. 

Now that you have figured out what skin type you have, it’s best that you make sure that the skincare products that you are using are suitable for your skin type. Otherwise, what you use will not be as effective and won’t help your skin look and feel its best. Simple!

Latest update: 17/03/2021
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