What Are The Different Skin Types?
When it comes to caring for your skin, the most important step is understanding your skin type and what products work best for you. Oftentimes, we could think we’re doing good for our skin by using certain cleansers, moisturizers or serums – when in reality, we may be doing more harm. Everyone’s skin is unique, which means some products may work well for you but not for others. Here’s everything you need to know about the different skin types and how to identify what skin type you have.
If you find that your skin feels tight throughout the day, has a rough texture and flakes often, then you likely have dry skin. Some of the main causes of dry skin include genetics, lifestyle and diet, hormonal imbalances and changes in climate. Dehydration is also a leading cause, which makes drinking water, avoiding caffeine and limiting alcohol incredibly important if you’re trying to improve your skin’s appearance. If you live somewhere with cold winters and very little humidity, then it’s especially important to treat your skin with the right products to combat dryness.
Oily skin is the result of excess sebum production and often causes a shiny, thick complexion. If you’re prone to blackheads and pimples, have enlarged pores and notice a greasy appearance throughout the day, then you most likely have an oily skin type. Oily skin can be caused by a number of things including hormonal imbalances, changes in climate or even genetics. If you find that your skin has excess oil, it’s important not to skip out on moisturizer! A common mistake many people make is thinking that oily skin types don’t need the extra moisture, but the opposite is true. Be sure to stay hydrated, moisturized and wash your face twice daily.
In some cases, your skin could be oily in certain areas and normal or dry in others. Those with a combination skin type often experience oily skin in the T-zone area of the face (forehead, nose and chin), while their cheeks look and feel different. Combination skin is often prone to blackheads due to clogged pores, a shiny complexion in the T-zone area and slightly larger pores around the nose.
The term “normal” skin is often used to describe skin that is well-balanced and rarely experiences major complexion concerns such as acne or sensitivity. People with a normal skin type often have finer pores, good blood circulation and a smooth texture to their skin. However, having a consistent skincare routine and taking good care of your skin is still important.
How Can I Find Out My Skin Type?
The Bare-Faced Method
Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat it dry. Leave your skin bare for about 30 minutes, without adding any moisturizers or serums. Then, examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine. After another 30 minutes, check to see if your skin looks or feels dry when you smile or make any facial expressions. If your skin starts to feel tight, then you likely have dry skin. If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, then your skin is most likely a normal or combination type. If there is shine on your entire face, including your cheeks and T-zone, then your skin type is considered oily.
The Blotting Sheet Method
This method is a much faster way to determine your skin type, which involves using a blotting paper to assess your skin. To start, gently pat a blotting paper on different areas of your face, starting with your forehead. Then, hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible on the paper. If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you probably have dry skin. If the paper picks up oil from the forehead and nose area, your skin is likely considered normal to combination type. If the blotting paper picks up a considerably large amount of oil to the point where the sheet is transparent, then it’s most likely that you have oily skin.
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