Knowing what type of skin you have is crucial to understanding why your skin reacts to specific skin care products. In other words, determining your skin type helps with your skincare regime and helps to select your perfect skincare products.Some people have a dry skin, some have an oily skin, or some a combination skin. This article will help you determine your type so you can find your most appropriate skincare products
How to Determine Your Skin Type and What to Do
You have Dry Skin Type if your skin:
- Grey, Dull or Rough appearance, lacking radiance
- Suffer from dryness year around, not just in winters
- Becomes flaky, itchy, irritated or inflamed easily (rosy complexion, red patches)
- Typically thinner, less elastic skin with fine wrinkles
- Becomes tight and tingly often
- Typically more sensitive
You have Oily Skin Type if your skin:
- Shiny, Oily Complexion, even in the winter
- Enlarged Pores (more oil tries to pass through the pores than normal–this causes pores to become congested, making them appear larger)
- May be prone to acne (pimples & zits) and noninflammatory acne (black & white heads)
- Acne shows up all over the face
- Makeup does not last long even if you use a matte foundation with powder
- Typically less prone to wrinkles
The skin begins producing more oil around puberty, when our hormone levels increase. If shiny skin has stuck around past puberty, then your skin type is oily.
Combination Skin (Normal to Dry, or Normal to Oily)
Combination skin means you have both dry and oily skin, meaning different areas of the face have different skin types. The most common form of combination skin is oily skin in the t-zone, and dry cheeks. However, it is possible to have many different combinations, such as oily/normal, dry/normal, etc.
Another way to determine if you have combination skin is if your skin type changes frequently or as the seasons change. If your pores are larger in the t-zone and practically non-existent in the u-zone (the edges of the face), blackheads and clogged pores on the nose and in the middle of your face, while your cheeks, jaw, and chin are flaky, parched, or irritated. This is because oil glands tend to be more active in the middle of the face, yet not as much in the outer regions.
Normal skin, unlike how it sounds or should be, is very rare. Normal skin is balanced, moisturized, well nourished, bright, and glowing. It is the perfect skin.
You have Normal Skin Type if your skin:
- No signs of excess oil or dryness (balanced oil)
- Typically are unaffected by breakouts.
- Minimal to Normal pore size and they are not congested
- No severe sensitivity
- Stable throughout the seasons and weathers
If you have normal skin, your skin should feel soft and supple. You should not experience rough texture, flakiness, or irritation.
You have Sensitive Skin Type if your skin:
- if you get a reaction with trying new skincare products
- if you tend to prefer products without chemicals or fragrance
- red and/or feel itchy, burning, and irritated skin on a consistent basis
- thin skin is another sign of sensitive skin
Skin Type Diagram
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