It is important to understand your skin type and tailor your products or skin regime for your optimal skin health. What works amazingly for others may not work for you due to different skin types and concerns. Using cleansers and treatments that are too harsh may result in producing excessive oils as your skin may receive the signal that you need more oil. Likewise, using too thick or heavy moisturizers can result in decreasing the natural oil production, causing drier skin. Learn to know your skin type and specific needs and concerns will help you choose the right products resulting in a healthier and more radiant complexion!
There are 2 methods to help you find out what your skin type.
THE BARE-FACED METHOD
Step 1 – Prepare The Skin
Remove any makeup by using makeup remover to remove all traces of make-up from your face.
Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. This cleans away oils and dirt that may have accumulated during your day. Do not apply any products and let your skin return to its natural state.
Avoid over-washing your face as this could lead to dry skin.
Step 2 – Examining Your Face
After an hour of washing your face, dab a tissue all over your skin and check visible of staining. Pay attention to the T-zone, the area of your forehead and nose. Look at the tissue to determine where oil rubbed off on it.
Step 3 – Determine Your Skin Type
Skin falls into 4 types — NORMAL, OILY, DRY AND COMBINATION
NORMAL SKIN shows no signs of oiliness nor flaking skin. It should feel supple and smooth.
OILY SKIN is characterized by the grease on the tissue. Skin looks shiny and feels slick to the touch. You are no stranger to acne and have large pores.
DRY SKIN feels tight, scaly, or rough. It shows flakes of dead skin It is associated with small pores. Moisturising is important for you.
COMBINATION SKIN is most common. It exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. Usually, the skin has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and is normal to dry elsewhere (cheeks).
SPECIAL NOTE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Sensitive skin describes a spectrum of reactive skin conditions when skin comes into contact with an allergen, causing irritation and triggering inflammatory responses, such as:
- Allergic Reaction: Common symptoms include redness, bumps, scaling, itchiness, and swelling
- Hives: Usually raised, red areas of the skin that appear anywhere on the body.
- Eczema: Presents itself as a scaly, itchy rash that often affects the face, elbows, and knees.
Sensitive skin can be soothed and healed with a few changes in your lifestyle. It is important to find what works best for your skin as it will help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and help you make the right choices.
THE BLOTTING SHEET METHOD
This method is much faster and often an excellent differentiator between oily and dry skin types. Gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face, 30 minutes after you wash your skin in the morning. Hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible.
- If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you most likely have DRY SKIN.
- If the blotting sheet reveals oil from the forehead and nose areas, your skin is NORMAL/COMBINATION.
- If the blotting paper is saturated with oil, it is extremely likely that you have OILY SKIN.
Once you have figured out your skin type, you are able to choose the right products for your skincare routine.
Now you know your skin type, some habits are essential in order to care for your skin to have a radiant complexion all year long. Whatever your skin type, here are essential habits: –
- A daily skin care routine can help you maintain overall skin health and a daily skin care routine has these 3 basics step.
Toning – A good toner will help to neutralize and balance your skin pH
Moisturising – It is an essential step to moisturize your skin by providing water directly to your skin.
- It is good to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. It must be effective yet gentle and respectful.
- Always protect your skin, use a sunscreen. It is recommended to use at least SPF 15 or higher to protect your skin.
- Consider microdermabrasion to help reduce signs of aging. Microdermabrasion home kits are available at affordable prices, allowing you to do the treatment yourself at home.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.
Taking steps to best identify its needs is essential for it to function and look its best. Keeping the health of your skin in mind and “checking in” regularly so to determine whether you need to adjust your current ritual to keep your skin balanced and beautiful.