What’s your skin type? It seems like simple enough question. Most people do not know their skin type. This is a no-shame zone, we are here to help you.
Here’s how you can determine your skin type. Materials needed:
- Skin Cleanser (neutral pH soap bar or cleanser)
- Blotting Tissues
- Wash your face with a skin cleanser
- Rinse thoroughly
- Gently pat dry with a towel
- Wait for approximately one hour
- Dab your face with the blotting paper
Pay attention to that blotting paper:
- Normal – It shows no oil or flaky skin. Your skin is probably supple and smooth (note: this is the rarest skin type). Normal skin won’t appear dry, flaky or oily. It tends to be free of blemishes like acne, whiteheads, and blackheads and isn’t particularly sensitive. This doesn’t mean that acne or signs of aging aren’t ever concerns, but they may be less noticeable.
- Oily – Your tissue or oil blotting paper will be greasy. You may also notice large pores and shiny skin. Oily skin tends to have a greasy or shiny appearance. This is due to excess sebum, or oil production in the skin. Those with oily skin may be more prone to acne breakouts and visible pores than other skin types.
- Dry – Your skin may feel tight or show dead skin flakes. If you have dry skin, you may notice a tight feeling or a flaky, dull complexion. Those with dry skin may not produce enough oil or could have sensitive skin that becomes easily irritated.
- Combination – You can see a little normal, a little dry and a little oily. Normally, the skin is oily in the t-zone area and dry everywhere else. Combination skin is exactly what its name suggests: a combination of oily and dry skin types. Typically, the “T-zone” of the face, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin, is oily, and the rest of the face is dry. In order to effectively treat combination skin, you may have to treat each area of the face differently so as not to worsen one condition while trying to treat the other.
Knowing what your skin type is can help you to individualize your daily skincare routine and choose the most appropriate products and ingredients to help keep your skin healthy and radiant. Rather than simply trying product after product that just doesn’t work or even makes your skin condition worse, it may be more useful to assess your skin and stick to professional-grade, dermatologist-tested products that contain the most effective ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. For more information about your skin and anti-aging skincare, find a dermatologist professional in your area and take the next step toward updating your skincare routine and achieving the youthful, glowing complexion you want.
So there you have it! The ultimate and super-easy guide to determine your skin type! Enjoy and share.
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